All systems go for All Saints' Day, says Palace
It is all systems go for All Saints' Day, said Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., on Sunday.
"Batay sa kautusan ng Pangulo (Benigno Aquino III), isinasagawa ng lahat ng mga kinauukulang ahensya ng pamahalaan ang puspusang paghahanda para sa darating na Undas," said Coloma in a radio interview over radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.
He noted that the Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to be in full alert status.
"Nakatakdang magtaas ng full alert ang PNP para sa nalalapit na Undas. Sa kasalukuyan ay naka-alerto na po sila habang lumalapit tayo sa araw mismo ng Undas," Coloma said.
"Ayon kay PNP Chief (General) Alan Purisima, naka-alerto na ngayon ang lahat ng pulisya sa bansa para sa mga magsisimula nang umuwi patungong probinsya. Mas mahigpit na rin ang ipinapatupad na seguridad sa mga pantalan, terminal ng bus, at airport terminals," he added.
Coloma also reported that the Land Transportation Office, beginning October 27, will assign watchers to observe bus terminals in Metro Manila in a round-the-clock basis.
"Gayundin ang isasagawa ng Philippine Ports Authority sa lahat ng pantalan, at ng Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines sa lahat ng paliparan sa buong bansa," Coloma added.
The Communication Secretary also said the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board is now accepting special permits for Metro Manila buses that will transport commuters to the provinces. The special permit will last until November 3. PND (ag)
Palace hopeful that 2015 national budget will be passed within the week
Malacañang expressed its optimism that the proposed national budget will be passed by Congress and the Senate before it adjourns its session on October 29.
"Umaasa po tayo na sa suporta ng liderato ng Kongreso ay matutupad po ang ating hinahangad na maipasa sa kabuuan ang pambansang budget ng Camara de Representantes at ng Senado sa loob ng panahong nakatakda," said Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., in a radio interview over radio station dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.
The budget department proposed a P2.606 trillion budget for 2015.
Coloma added that the Palace also hopes that the proposed budget will be passed in time as it did since President Benigno Aquino III took office.
The proposed budget is 15 percent higher than the 2014 national budget.
About 37.2 percent or the bulk of the proposed national budget is dedicated for the social services of the government, which is for the education and health of the citizens. PND (ag)