Tuesday, 3 June 2014

PIA News Dispatch - Sunday, June 1, 2014

Public education is free of charge, says Malacanang

Malacanang said that public education remains free and no charges will be imposed to prevent anyone from enrolling and returning to school.

“Iginiit ni Kalihim ng Edukasyon Brother Armin Luistro ang istriktong pagbabawal ng pagsingil ng kahit ano mang halaga o kontribusyon,” said Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., in an aired press briefing on Sunday over radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan

“Ito ay para tiyakin na walang magiging balakid sa pagtanggap at pagpasok ng lahat ng Pilipinong kabataang nasa ganap na edad para mag-aral,” Coloma continued.

The 2014-2015 class will begin on June 2, with an estimated 26 billion students from public and private schools going back to their respective schools.

The Communication Secretary said President Benigno S. Aqunio III is committed in upholding the Constitutional mandate that the education must be one of the priorities in the national budget.

For the 2014 national budget, the Department of Education has a total appropriation of P335.4 billion, which is one of the highest allocation for the year.

“Nang pumasok ang administrasyong Aquino noong taong 2010, ang kabuuang budget ng DepEd ay 195.9-bilyong piso. Samakatuwid, mula noon hanggang ngayon ay tumaas ang budget nang mahigit sa 71 porsyento,” explained Coloma.

He also added that that Philippine National Police has mobilized policemen to ensure the safety of the students when they return to school on Monday. PND (ag)

President Aquino appoints new officials

President Benigno S. Aquino III has appointed six new government officials on several government agencies.

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., announced the appointments during the aired press briefing over radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday.

Among those appointed by the President is Donato D. Marcos as Undersecretary and Patrick T. Aquino as Director IV both for the Department of Energy.

Also appointed is Ernesto B. Gaviola as Assistant Secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications, while Reynaldo P. Faustino will be assuming his position as Acting Director III for the Bureau of Research and Standards under the Department of Public Works and Highways.

Arnold Joseph M. Co is now Acting Director IV for the Department of Justice.

And Norma B. Samantela will now be Acting Assistant Schools Division Superintendent of the Department of Education. PND (ag)

Philippines will host Asia-Europe Meeting Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, says Palace

The Palace announced on Sunday that the country will be hosting the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction and Management on June 4 – 6.

President Benigno S. Aquino III will be the keynote speaker at the opening of the conference, said Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., in a press briefing broadcast over radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.

“This ASEM Conference is a Philippine initiative which His Excellency President Benigno S. Aquino III announced during the 9th ASEM Summit held in Vientiane, Laos in November 2012. This initiative has been adopted by 49 heads of state and government, the president of the European Union, and the secretary-general of ASEAN that comprise ASEM,” said Coloma.

The theme for the conference is “Post Haiyan: A Way Forward.”

An estimated 150 senior national and local government officials, scientists, academicians, policymakers, industry and business leaders, non-governmental organizations, leaders from the private sector, and representatives of regional and international organizations from 36 countries in Asia and Europe are expected to attend the meeting.

“The Philippines aims to contribute to the new global architecture that will embody new policies and principles on disaster risk reduction management (DRRM) with the ASEM Manila Conference document to be called the ‘Tacloban Declaration.’ This is a timely development considering that the decade-old Hyogo Framework of Action (HFA) previously adopted by ASEM as the global paradigm on DRRM is about to end in 2015,” said Coloma. PND (ag)

Palace congratulates Donaire for winning World Boxing Association title

The Palace on Sunday congratulated Filipino Flash Nonito Donaire Jr., for winning the World Boxing Association featherweight title over South African boxer Simpiwe Vetyeka.

“Kaisa po tayo ng buong sambayanan sa pagdiriwang at pagtanghal sa tagumpay ni Nonito ‘the (Filipino) Flash’ Donaire at sa kanyang pagkamit ng bagong kampeonato sa larangan ng boxing,” said Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr.

“Makikita po natin kay ‘The Flash’ ang giting at husay ng Pilipinong atleta na sumasalamin din sa tatag ng kalooban ng mga Pilipino na lampasan ang mga hamon at mga adbersidad sa buhay,” Coloma added.

The fight ended with a technical decision after Donaire sustained a cut above his eyes due to a head butt during the fourth round.

The three judges scored all 39 – 36 in favor of Donaire. PND (ag)