LTFRB issues traffic advisory on Iglesia ni Cristo's centennial event
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has advised all trucks-for-hire to avoid certain roads in Bulacan province due to expected heavy traffic, as the Iglesia ni Cristo holds its centennial celebration on July 26 to 28.
In an advisory coursed through the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Thursday, the LTFRB said trucks-for-hire should refrain from using the following roads and exits: NLEX from the Balintawak Tollgate-Angeles City exit and vice versa; McArthur Highway; Cagayan Valley Road from the Sta. Rita exit; and all provincial roads in Bulacan that will be used as parking areas for buses and utility vehicles.
The LTFRB said it expects heavy traffic before and after the Iglesia ni Cristo's celebration at the Philippine Arena on July 27.
The board however exempted trucks carrying perishable goods and food items, allowing them to use those roads to bring cargoes to Metro Manila.
Motorists are advised to use inner roads or secondary roads in Malolos, Calumpit, Bocaue, Meycauayan, Marilao, Sta. Maria, Norzagaray, and Valenzuela City.
They can traverse the Sta. Maria-San Jose Old Road and the Sta. Maria Tungkong Manga Road instead of the Sta. Maria Bypass.
Motorists could also use the Old Cagayan Valley Road and the Malolos-Plaridel Road to avoid the Doña Trinidad Highway.
To avoid MacArthur Highway, motorists could use the Landicho-Sandico Road in Marilao going to Saluysoy Road-Hulo Banga Road in Meycauayan, Bulacan.
The LTFRB issued the traffic advisory after consulting the Task Force Sentenaryo in charge of government actions in connection with the Iglesia ni Cristo's centennial event. PND (as)
President orders Energy Department to review power demand and supply for next year
President Benigno S. Aquino III has instructed the Department of Energy (DOE) to review the projected demand and supply of electricity in Luzon for 2015, as well as all available options to deal with a possible power shortfall in the summer months, the Palace said on Thursday.
“Ongoing pa iyong pag-aaral at ilalahad ang pagpapasya ng Pangulo kapag nakumpleto na ang pag-aaral na hiningi niya hinggil dito,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said during the daily press briefing.
The DOE has projected that there will be a power shortage from March to May next year, as the demand for electricity increases during summer.
Coloma also assured that the government would not pass on to consumers the costs of increasing next year’s power supply, as what happened in the early 1990s.
“Siya (Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla) na mismo ang nagsasabi na base sa kanyang simulations, hindi naman ito inaasahang hahantong sa mas mataas na pagsingil,” he said.
“Ibang iba naman ang sitwasyon noon dahil mas malawak at malalim ang kakulangan noong panahong iyon. Ngayon naman ay limited extent and limited duration lamang ang ina-address ni Secretary Petilla,” he added.
The Communication Secretary said that the government will ensure a stable power supply at reasonable rates for next year.
“Sa lahat ng pagkakataon, ang isasaalang-alang ng pamahalaan ay ang kapakanan ng mga mamamayan at ang hindi pagpataw ng dagdag na pabigat sa kanila dahil dito,” he said. PND (ag)
President Aquino remains committed to carrying out reforms, says official
The Palace on Thursday assured that despite the controversy surrounding the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), President Benigno S. Aquino III is determined to uplift the lives of the people during the remaining years of his administration.
Responding to questions if the President’s successive speeches on the DAP would bolster the motion for reconsideration that has been submitted to the Supreme Court, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said the Chief Executive’s intention is to explain to his “Bosses” the developments regarding the issue.
"Pero sa kabila nang iyan, nais ko lamang ilahad dito na buong-buo ang determinasyon ng Pangulo na patuloy na isulong at ipatupad ang mga programa sa reporma na naumpisahan na," Coloma said.
"At dahil kulang na sa dalawang taon ang nalalabi, ibayong pagsisikap ang maaari nating asahan sa pagsulong ng mga reporma at pagbabago, dahil napakarami pang dapat na gawin at umiikli ang panahong nalalabi," he added.
The President has defended the DAP during a televised address on July 14, during a dialogue with the business community the following day, and during the commemoration of Apolinario Mabini's birth anniversary in Tanauan City, Batangas on Wednesday.
Asked if the ongoing Senate inquiry on the DAP would strengthen the Palace’s position on the issue, Coloma said the Cabinet secretaries who attended the investigation provided the legislators sufficient information with utmost transparency.
"Siguro ay wala namang kaduda-duda na hayag na hayag, bukas na bukas at very transparent ang pamahalaan sa pagpapaliwanag at sa pagtugon sa lahat ng maaaring maitanong tungkol sa Disbursement Acceleration Program," Coloma said.
The Executive branch last week filed a motion for reconsideration, asking the High Court to reassess its decision. PND (as)
Government sees more foreign investors coming as it tackles concerns in power sector
The Palace said it hopes that foreign investments in the country would continue to grow despite projections of a power shortage next year.
In a press briefing in Malacañang on Thursday, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said they expect investments to increase as the government addresses concerns in the energy sector.
The Department of Energy is being proactive in announcing the possible power shortfall next year, he said.
He said that before Energy Secretary Jericho Petilla mentioned about the projected shortage, the energy chief had outlined the ongoing electrification projects in various stages of completion in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
"Ang pagkakaroon ng sabay-sabay na pagtatayo ng mga plantang elektrisidad ay nagpapakita nang patuloy na kumpiyansa ng mga mamumuhunan sa kasiglahan ng ating ekonomiya," Coloma said.
The public must understand the context of Petilla's message, he said, noting that the country's current rapid economic growth has surpassed other economies in Asia.
The overall picture is that the number of power plants continue to increase to address the needs of a growing economy, and that, for sure, will be considered by foreign investors, he said.
Coloma further said that the government’s experience during the holding of the recent World Economic Forum shows the foreign delegates’ positive perception of the Philippines.
The country hopes to showcase its strengths at the global stage when it hosts the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting next year, he said. PND (as)