Thursday, 13 December 2012

PIA News Dispatch - Thursday, December 13, 2012

President Aquino joins officials and employees of the Department of Labor and Employment in commemorating 79th Founding Anniversary

 President Benigno S. Aquino III joined officials and employees of the Department of Labor and Employment in commemorating the agency’s 79th Founding Anniversary held at the SMX Convention Center of the Mall of Asia in Pasay City on Thursday.

 In his speech, the President cited the invaluable role of the DOLE, led by Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz, for fulfilling its advocacy of bringing job opportunities to Filipinos here and abroad.

 “Saludo rin po tayo sa lahat ng bumubuo ng DOLE, sa pangunguna ni Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz. Hindi biro ang tungkulin ninyong magbukas ng mga oportunidad sa bansa, at ang tiyaking ligtas at makatarungan ang kalagayan ng mga manggagawa,” the President said.

 “Nagsisilbi rin kayong tulay sa maayos na ugnayan ng ating manggagawa at pribadong sektor. Tinutugunan ninyo ang hinaing ng manggagawa, at tinitimbang ito nang may pagsasaalang-alang sa tatag ng mga industriya,” he added.

 He lauded the department for its various programs to provide jobs through its Labor Market Information System that sought to provide useful information and tips for parents and students in choosing the right career path through the Public Employment Service Offices, Phil-JobNet and Skills Registry System; and the Training for Work Scholarship of TESDA (Technical Education and Skills Development Authority) that offers training courses in select industries such as business process outsourcing, tourism and construction.

 For our overseas Filipino workers, the President said his government would work harder to improve and provide more opportunities within the country in order for our OFWs to choose to remain and work in the country.

 “Batid natin ang kahalagahan ng trabaho sa pag-asenso ng Pilipino. Kaya naman hindi po tayo makukuntento sa ugaling “pwede na” at “bahala na.” Kung magkakaloob tayo ng kabuhayan, sisiguruhin din nating disente, ligtas, at may kakayahan itong iangat ang kalidad ng buhay ng ating mga manggagawa at ng kanyang pamilya.,” the President said.

 “Patuloy nating patitibayin ang mga mekanismong titiyak na walang pagawaan o may-aring manlalamang sa kanyang mga empleyado. Pinapaigting din natin ang ating labor dispute settlement system upang masiguro ang pagkakamit ng katarungan ng ating mga manggagawa sa mabilis at abot-kayang paraan. Ito nga po ang batayang prinsipyo ng ating administrasyon: bumuo ng consensus; alamin kung ano ang makabubuti sa mas nakakarami kung hindi puwede sa lahat; at magkasundo sa isang maayos na solusyon,” he concluded.

 The Department of Labor and Employment is the national government agency mandated to formulate and implement policies and programs and serve as the policy-advisory arm of the Executive Branch in the field of Labor and Employment. PND (rck)

President Aquino appeals to critics: Check your data first before making any accusations
President Benigno S. Aquino III appealed to critics to verify the veracity of their information before making any accusations against the government.

 In an interview after keynoting the 79th Founding Anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment held at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City on Thursday, the President said information on any and all government transactions are available online.

 “…baka puwedeng mag-appeal ---whenever we say something, (can) we make it a point to ensure that what we’re saying is verified and correct?” the President said.

 He called on those who had something to say against the government to “give us the courtesy” of checking “available data” on line before making accusations.

 “So may we ask anybody to do likewise and give us the courtesy of... before accusing (to) just check on the available data,” he said. PND (rck)

Department of Education to address schools destroyed by typhoon ‘Pablo,' President Aquino says
President Benigno S. Aquino III expressed confidence on Thursday that the Department of Education is working towards addressing the destruction brought by typhoon Pablo on schools in the provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley last week.

The President told reporters in an interview after keynoting the 79th Founding Anniversary of the Department of Labor and Employment at the SMX Convention Center in Pasay City that aside from the schools, the DepEd is also working on how to assist affected residents in putting up their houses that were also wiped out by the strong typhoon.

“‘Yung schools, as you know, (Education Secretary) Bro. Armin (Luistro) has promised us na wala na tayong eskwelahan na shortage by next year, and I am sure that they will be working on plans to redress, not just schools, (pati ang) mga bahay,” the President said.

He said that discussions were being undertaken to address this problem at the soonest possible time.

“We were discussing ...some na kakailanganin para magkaroon ng assistance sa lahat nung totally damaged ang bahay... at pati na rin ang mga partially damaged,” the President said. PND (rck)

President Aquino declares December 19 of every year as 'National Alternative Dispute Resolution Day'
President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared December 19 of every year as "National Alternative Dispute Resolution Day" to encourage and actively promote the use of alternative dispute resolution in achieving speedy and impartial justice.

 The Chief Executive issued the declaration by virtue of Proclamation No. 518 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on December 4.

 President Aquino said Article III, Section 16 of the 1987 Constitution guarantees the right of all persons to a speedy disposition of their cases before all judicial, quasi-judicial or administrative bodies.

 "Republic Act No. 9285 or the “Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Act of 2004 provides that it is the policy of the State to encourage and actively promote the use of ADR," he said.

 The President said RA 9285 created the Office for Alternative Dispute Resolution, an attached agency of the Department of Justice, to promote, develop and expand the use of ADR in the private and public sectors. The establishment of this office also aims to declog court dockets.

 The Office for Alternative Dispute Resolution shall plan and implement appropriate activities for the observance of the "National Alternative Dispute Resolution Day," the President said. PND (js)

President Aquino urges youths to honor Rizal at all times and demonstrate his principles to sustain the administration’s reforms
President Benigno S. Aquino III called on the Filipino youth to always honor the country’s national hero Dr. Jose Rizal and demonstrate his principles to sustain the momentum of the administration's reforms in fulfillment of a just and equitably progressive Philippines.

 More than a century after his martyrdom, Dr. Jose Rizal remains a vital exemplar of the greatness of the Filipino, and an inspiration for our countrymen to demonstrate commitment and industry in their respective enterprises," the Chief Executive said in his message to the Order of the Knights of Rizal on Thursday.

 The Order of the Knights of Rizal is spearheading the 50th National Rizal Youth Leadership Institute Conference which has for its theme "Buhayin si Rizal sa Bawa’t Kabataang Pilipino” on December 13-16, 2012 at the Teacher’s Camp in Baguio City.

 "In this time of dynamism and change, the youth’s idealism and vibrancy are instrumental in carrying on Dr. Jose Rizal’s legacy of patriotism, passion, and excellence. These qualities continue to resonate in our time, as we mold our young into responsible, conscientious adults, and as we sustain the momentum of our reforms in fulfillment of a just and equitably progressive Philippines," the President said. PND (js)

Palace elated over President Aquino’s high performance and trust ratings
Malacanang expressed elation over President Benigno S. Aquino III’s high performance and trust ratings following the release of Pulse Asia’s Ulat ng Bayan survey for the fourth quarter this year.

 In a press statement on Thursday, Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the Pulse Asia Ulat ng Bayan survey showed increase in the trust rating and sustained support for President Aquino.

 The President’s performance approval remained steady at +78, unchanged from the third quarter, while his trust approval rating jumped two points to +80. The survey was conducted from November 23 to 29.

 “These unprecedented ratings almost two and a half years into the Aquino administration are indicative of the Filipino people’s continued support for and confidence in the President and the sweeping changes and programs he has tirelessly championed,” Lacierda said in the statement.

 “Put together, these have resulted in a brand of good governance recognized by the international community and which has allowed confidence to rise anew in an economy undergoing a virtuous cycle.”

 These measures redounded to social investments for the Filipino people in the government’s commitment to create inclusive and equitable growth, Lacierda said. He added that the administration is encouraged by the survey and will continue to work to produce more results.

 “We continue to be guided by the conviction that public office is and always will be a public trust and knowing that our countrymen remain solidly behind President Aquino and his administration,” he said. PND (as)

Aquino appoints Vice Admiral Alano to head Philippine Navy
President Benigno S. Aquino III designated Armed Forces Central Command chief Vice Admiral Jose Luis Alano to become the Philippine Navy’s flag officer in command, replacing Vice Admiral Alexander Pama who will retire this month.

 Pama will reach the mandatory retirement age of 56 on December 21.

 Prior to his designation, Alano was the leader of several important units in the Navy including the Philippine Fleet, Office of the Chief of Naval Staff, Naval Forces Northern Luzon, Service Force Command and Naval Air Group.

 Born on May 1, 1958 in Quezon province, Alano started his military career when he entered the Philippine Military Academy in 1975. He joined the Navy upon graduation in 1979.

 Alano studied here and abroad and also had undertaken graduate courses in Australia and in the United States.

 Among the awards and decorations conferred on Alano include the Distinguished Service Star, Command at Sea Plaque, Military Medal Award, the Philippine Navy Surface Warfare Operation Badge, and the People Power II Ribbon among others.

 Alano is married to Maria Hildelita P. Alano and they are blessed with two daughters, Maria Gabriela and Sofia. PND (as)