President Aquino lauds municipal mayors who chose to be with constituents during onslaught of ‘Pablo’
President Benigno S. Aquino III lauded the municipal mayors who chose to be with their constituents before, during and after the onslaught of Typhoon "Pablo" (international codename: Bopha) which pummeled large portions of Mindanao and the Visayas regions on Tuesday.
In his speech keynoting the League of Municipalities of the Philippines General Assembly and induction of the group’s National Executive Committee at the Manila Hotel on Wednesday, the President said that the mayors’ choice of leading relief and rescue efforts in their area of jurisdiction showed their dedication and seriousness in performing their duties and obligations to their constituents.
State weather bureau PAGASA (Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration) said in its bulletin update on Wednesday that the center of typhoon “Pablo” was located at 180 km east of Puerto Princesa City with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to of 160 Kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 24 kph.
It had cut a path of destruction in Mindanao after making landfall in Davao Oriental on Tuesday.
“Batid ko pong mas marami sanang mga pinuno ang kasama natin sa pagtitipon ngayong umaga, subalit nabawasan ito dahil ilan sa mga alkaldeng lumuwas pa mula sa Visayas at Mindanao, ay kinailangang bumalik sa kani-kanilang munisipalidad upang paghandaan ang pagdating ng bagyong 'Pablo',” the President said as he expressed his heartfelt thanks for their actions.
“Iyan naman po talaga ang mandato nating mga lingkod-bayan: nakasalalay ang oras natin sa sitwasyon ng ating mga nasasakupan, at kung may problemang nagbabanta, kailangang handa tayong rumesponde sa frontline, at ilayo sa kapahamakan ang ating kapwa,” he added.
“Hindi po ito sakripisyo; ang tawag dito, tungkulin. Ang tawag dito, obligasyon— na dapat gampanan sa ngalan ng mga nagtiwala, at patuloy na nagbibigay sa atin ng mandato,” the President stressed.
This year’s LMP General Assembly, which has for its Theme: “LMP: Layunin ang Matuwid na Pamahalaan at Pagkakaisa 2012 and Beyond,” is an important organizational development strengthening event where LMP-members renew their commitment to the collective and shared goals among all members and its officers to maintain the LMP as a development oriented organization whose position and contribution to several national issues and programs contribute to achieving success in national development.
The President cited the holding of the LMP General Assembly as it showcased each municipality’s desire to join the government efforts in improving the lives of all Filipinos.
“Higit sa panunumpa ng mga bagong halal na opisyales ng League of Municipalities of the Philippines, o sa gaganaping general assembly ng inyong mga miyembro, sinasagisag ng pagpupulong na ito ang kahandaan at pagkukusa ng bawat munisipalidad na makilahok sa pagpapanday ng mga estratehiya't pamamaraan— na magpapabuti sa kalagayan, hindi lang ng kani-kaniyang nasasakupan, kundi lalo na ng kinabibilangang lalawigan, at ng buong bayan,” the President said. PND (rck)
President Aquino announces choice of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Erlinda Basilio as new Ambassador to China
President Benigno S. Aquino III announced on Wednesday his choice of Foreign Affairs Undersecretary Erlinda Basilio as the new Ambassador to China replacing former Ambassador Sonia Brady who suffered a stroke last August in Beijing.
In an interview after keynoting the League of Municipalities General Assembly at the Manila Hotel, the President said he would be submitting the name of Basilio, a senior official at the Department of Foreign Affairs to the Commission on Appointments as his choice to the highly sensitive post.
“…we will submit her name to the Commission on Appointments (and) once they confirm (her), therefore, we can seek the—the French term is ‘agrément’—parang the agreement for the designation of Usec. Basilio as our new ambassador to China,” the President said.
The President said he based his decision to choose Basilio on the recommendation of Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario, adding that Basilio’s “wealth of experience” would show China “how important” our relations with them are.
“Basically the high recommendations by our Secretary of Foreign Affairs, given her wealth of experience; given that she’s already a senior undersecretary sends a signal of how important our relations are with China and how serious we are in trying to achieve an understanding with them,” the President said. PND (rck)
P8-billion ready for typhoon 'Pablo' expenses, President Aquino says
President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Wednesday that there are “sufficient funds” from which regions affected by typhoon Pablo (international codename: Bopha) may draw from to fund the “necessary expenses and emergency infrastructure” such as roads damaged by the weather disturbance.
Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of the League of Municipalities of Philippines General Assembly at the Manila Hotel, the President announced the availability of P8-billion that may be immediately dispersed with to those affected by Pablo.
He said that the availability of these resource came from the government’s calamity fund and “revenues from unexpected sources” such as the recent government sale of the Food Terminal complex in Taguig City.
“So Secretary (Florencio) Abad informed me last night that there is at least P8-billion ready to take care of all of the necessary expenses here and also in the necessary emergency infrastructure—‘yung mga roads that were closed, etcetera, kung may damages. There is sufficient fund at this point in time,” the President said.
He also reiterated his appeal to Filipinos to heed storm warnings and vacate the premises if need be.
“Nakikiusap rin ako sa ating mga kababayan ---Kung kinakailangang lumikas, lumikas na po tayo agad. Huwag nang maghintay pa ng pang-apat, o pang-limang bisita ng mga rescue units bago tayo lumikas. Buwis-buhay po ang trabaho ng ating mga rescue teams, kaya’t malaking tulong po kung manatili tayong disiplinado, may kooperasyon at mahinahon habang isinasalba nila tayo,” the President said. PND (rck)
President Aquino declares December 7 as special non-working day in San Mariano, Isabela in celebration of its ‘Aggau na San Mariano’
President Benigno S. Aquino III has declared December 7, which falls on a Friday, as a special (non-working) day in the municipality of San Mariano in the province of Isabela in celebration of the "Aggau na San Mariano (Araw ng San Mariano)."
The Chief Executive issued the declaration by virtue of Proclamation No. 509 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr. on Nov. 21 to give the people of San Mariano the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.
San Mariano will celebrate on December 7 its 85th Foundation Day, highlighting the diverse culture of the town's people.
San Mariano became a municipality by virtue of the Philippines Legislature Act No. 3416 dated December 7, 1927. PND (js)
Aquino government elated over reports that inflation slowed down to 2.8 percent for November
The Aquino administration expressed elation over reports that the inflation for the month of November had slowed down to 2.8% from 3.1% in October, a Palace official said on Wednesday.
Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda issued the statement following reports that the Philippines' rate of inflation decreased in November from the previous month, further stimulating the country's economic growth.
"This comes at a time when the Philippine economy is growing at a strong 7.1%, contrary to the common notion that rapid economic growth is usually accompanied by inflationary pressures," Lacierda said.
According to the National Statistics Office (NSO), the easing of inflation is due to stable prices of food and non-alcoholic beverages, utilities, and transportation.
"This small reduction in inflation brings the consumer price index from January to November this year to 3.2% or well within the lower range of the medium-term target of 3-5% set in the Philippine Development Plan," Lacierda said. PND (js)