Wednesday, 23 July 2014

PIA News Dispatch - Monday, July 14, 2014

President Aquino declares observance of Eid’l Fitr on July 29 a regular holiday

In observance of this year’s Eid’l Fitr or the Feast of Ramadhan, President Benigno S. Aquino III declared July 29 (Tuesday) a regular holiday throughout the country.

President Aquino signed Proclamation 826 last July 10 to bring the religious and cultural significance of Eid’l Fitr, the first day marking the end of the 30-day fasting period of Muslims, to the fore of national consciousness.

“To promote cultural understanding and integration, the entire Filipino nation should have the full opportunity to join their Muslim brothers and sisters in the observance and celebration of Eid’l Fitr,” President Aquino said in the proclamation.

Eid’l Fitr, an Arabic word which means “festival of breaking of the fast,” is an important holiday celebrated by Muslims worldwide for three days after the end of Ramadhan, or the Islamic holy month of fasting.

The occasion has always been recognized by the Philippine government by virtue of Republic Act No. 9177, enacted by the 12th Congress in 2002, in deference to the Filipino Muslim community and to promote peace and harmony among major religions in the country. PND (hdc)

Palace steps up fulfillment of President’s Social Contract

The Palace on Monday vowed to step up the fulfillment of the President’s Social Contract with the Filipino People, as it acknowledged the latest results of a public opinion survey conducted by Pulse Asia.

“Heading into the last two years of this administration, we discern our people’s rising expectations that the government will level up and deliver on the salient points of the President’s social contract,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said in a statement sent to reporters.

The Pulse Asia survey, conducted from June 24 to July 2, showed a drop in the performance and trust ratings of President Benigno S. Aquino III.

The latest public opinion survey shows that President Aquino’s performance rating declined from 70 percent last March to 56 percent, while his trust rating dropped from 69 percent to 53 percent.

Among the prevailing issues during the time of the survey were the plunder charges filed against Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada and Ramon Revilla, Jr. in connection with the pork barrel scam; the surrender and detention of Estrada and Revilla; and the declaration by the Supreme Court of several acts under the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) as unconstitutional.

“In response to the challenge of achieving inclusive growth, the government is broadening the scope of social protection in the key aspects of job creation, health care and basic education. Infrastructure building for sustained economic growth is also being pursued,” said Coloma.

The President’s Social Contract with the Filipino People is a 16-point agenda that lays down the government’s vision in the different priority areas of development.

The contract’s key points include the President’s commitment to transformational leadership; economic growth; better government service; gender equality; peace and order; and environmental protection.

“We are heeding the people’s call for stepped-up delivery of essential public services and institutional reform,” Coloma added. PND (ag)