Malacanang aims to bring economic reforms beyond the current administration
The Palace aims to bring economic reforms beyond the current administration, said Palace official.
Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., said the government is confident that the country can standby the Standard & Poor’s (S&P) credit rating upgrading.
S&P rated the Philippines with having an adequate capacity to meet its financial commitments.
According to S&P the Philippines’ ongoing reforms to address shortcomings in structural, administrative, institutional and governance areas will endure beyond the current administration.
“Layunin ng pamahalaan na patotohanan ang sinabi sa ulat ng Standard & Poor’s (S&P),” said Coloma in a press briefing aired Sunday over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.
The Communication Secretary said that the in the 2014 national budget, the government had earmarked 927 billion pesos or an equivalent of 37.4 percent of the annual budget for social services.
“Sakop nito ang mga budget ng Department of Labor and Employment sa paghahanapbuhay, Department of Social Welfare and Development sa proteksyong panlipunan para sa pinakamahihirap na Pilipino kabilang na ‘yung 4Ps (Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Programs) at CCT (conditional cash transfer) programs, DepEd (Department of Education) para sa edukasyon, at ng mga housing agencies para sa pabahay,” Coloma explained.
“Buo ang determinasyon ng administrasyon na ipagpatuloy ang mga repormang nasimulan na at higit pang palawakin at palalimin ang mga ito hanggang ganap na matamo ang layuning mapabuti ang kabuhayan ng lahat ng Pilipino,” Coloma said. PND (ag)
Hosting the World Economic Forum is a distinction, say Palace
Malacanang believes that hosting the World Economic Forum (WEF) is in recognition for the effort of the Philippine government to improve the country’s economy.
“Ang pagdaraos ng WEF East Asia sa bansa ay isang matibay na pagkilala sa katatagan ng macroeconomic fundamentals ng Pilipinas bunga ng pagpapatupad ng iba’t ibang repormang panlipunan at pangpamahalaan,” said Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr.
The World Economic Forum with the theme: “Leveraging Growth for Equitable Progress” will be held on May 21 – 23.
This is the first time the WEF will be held in an East Asian country.
Coloma announced that President Benigno S. Aquino III will lead the meeting with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, and Vice President of Myanmar Nyan Tun in attendance, along with 600 leaders and delegates from the business and financial sectors of some 30 countries.
He said the forum aims at three pillars, namely: achieving equitable progress; advancing models for sustainable growth; and, realizing regional connectivity.
The Communication Secretary added that the forum coincides with the East Asian Region posting a significant economic growth. PND (ag)
HIV testing remains voluntary, says Palace
The Palace on Sunday said that testing for Human Immunodeficiency virus (HIV) remains voluntary.
Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., said that Republic Act 8504 or the Philippine AIDS Prevention and Control Act of 1998, prohibits compulsory HIV testing.
“Ayon po doon sa batas na ‘yon, hindi po pinahihintulutan ang compulsory HIV testing kaya hinahon lang. Wala naman po tayong iginigiit na hindi naaayon sa batas,” said Coloma.
HIV & AIDS support groups—Action for Health Initiatives, Network to Stop AIDS Philippines, Filipinos Living with HIV, and the Library Foundation Share Collective—have expressed their objection of mandatory HIV testing.
“Wala naman po silang binabanggit na ipapatupad na patakaran hinggil diyan. Kaya siguro nandoon pa talaga tayo sa aspeto na dapat ‘yan ay maging purely voluntary lamang,” said Coloma.
RA 8504 states that: Compulsory HIV testing as a precondition to employment, admission to educational institutions, the exercise of freedom of abode, entry or continued stay in the country, or the right to travel, the provision of medical service or any other kind of service, or the continued enjoyment of said undertakings is deemed unlawful. PND (ag)