Malacanang joins in the celebration of World Teacher's Day
Malacanang on Sunday joins in the celebration of World Teacher’s Day and the National Teachers’ Month and calls for everyone to give thanks to their former teachers.
“Nananawagan po ang ating kalihim ng Kagawaran ng Edukasyon, Bro. Armin Luistro, na lahat tayo ay magpasalamat sa kahit isang naging guro natin na nagbahagi ng mahalagang aral sa atin at tumulong sa paghubog ng ating pagkatao sa panahon ng ating kabataan. Ang panawagan po niya, “write, text, tweet, call”—sulatan, mag-text, mag-tweet, at tawagan natin ang kahit isa sa ating naging guro, at sabihin natin sa kanya: “Maraming salamat po, mahal na guro,” said Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan.
Coloma noted that the Philippines had the longest celebration that honor teachers, as President Benigno Aquino III signed Proclamation No. 242.
“Sa buong mundo ang Pilipinas ang bansang naglaan ng pinakamahabang panahon sa pagdiriwang ng kadakilaan ng mga guro na ating kinikilala dahil sa kanilang mahalagang ambag sa paghubog ng kamalayan at katauhan ng ating mga kabataan at mamamayan,” said Coloma.
Under Proclamation No. 242, the National Teachers’ Month will be celebrated every year from September 5 to October 5.
The proclamation also states that “it is essential to revitalize the image of teaching as a vocation by increasing public awareness on the value of teachers in Philippine society and national development."
Coloma added that the Aquino administration has almost doubled the budget for education.
“Sa taong ito, aabot sa mahigit 309-bilyong piso ang gugugulin ng pamahalaan para sa sektor ng edukasyon, kumpara sa P174-billion noong 2010 bilang bahagi ng patuloy na pagsisikap na mapaunlad nang lubos ang sektor ng edukasyon na siyang susi sa paglinang ng kakayahan ng mga mamamayan, alinsunod na rin sa paniniwala ni Pangulong Aquino na ang taumbayan ang pinakamahalagang yaman ng Pilipinas,” said Coloma. PND (ag)
Palace mourns the death of former Presidential Spokesman Jerry Barican
The Palace mourns the death of former Presidential Spokesperson Fernando “Jerry” Barican.
“We mourn the passing of former presidential spokesperson Fernando Jerry Barican, who passed away last Friday evening. We join the nation in expressing our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones,” said Presidential Communication Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., in a radio interview over dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday.
“Tayo po ay naging mapalad na makilala at makasama si Atty. Barican bilang student activist po noong kapanahunan ng First Quarter Storm noong early 1970s sa Pamantasan ng Pilipinas (University of the Philippines), na kung saan siya ay nagsilbi rin bilang chairman ng UP Student Council,” said Coloma
Barican serves as spokesperson to former President Joseph Estrada. He was comatose at the Makati Medical Center for about a month before his death.
“Siya po ay isa rin sa mga nadetine noong panahon ng Martial Law. Siya ay nagsilbi bilang spokesperson ni dating Pangulong Joseph Ejercito Estrada at Board Member ng Development Bank of the Philippines,” Coloma added. PND (ag)
Malacanang calls for Filipinos in Hong Kong to avoid areas occupied by protesters
Malacanang calls on Filipinos in Hong Kong to avoid areas currently occupied by pro-democracy protesters as local authorities there said it will do “all necessary actions” to ensure government workers returned to work come Monday.
“Patuloy po ang ating panawagan sa ating mga kababayan na umiwas sa mga lugar na pinagdarausan ng mga kilos protesta sa Hong Kong para sa kanilang proteksyon at kaligtasan,” said Presidential Communication Operation Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr., in a radio interview with dzRB Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday.
Since September 28, tens of thousands of protesters occupied the road in Admiralty (where all almost all government installations are in Hong Kong Island) and demanded Hong Kong’s Chief Executive to step down.
The protesters also occupied Hong Kong Island’s Western, Central, and Wan Chai districts, as well as Mong Kok across the Victoria Harbor.
Coloma noted that the Philippine government continues to monitor the situation in Hong Kong.
“Nakahanda ang pamahalaan na tumulong at umagapay sa ating mga kababayan kung kinakailangan. Nananatiling nakaalerto at nakamasid ang ating konsulada sa kalagayan ng mga Pilipino roon at patuloy na kaisa tayo sa mga naghahangad ng maayos at mapayapang resolusyon ng kasalukuyang kaganapan sa Hong Kong,” said Coloma.
The Philippine consulate in Hong Kong said last Saturday they are ready to extend assistance to Filipinos who might be affected by the mass actions there. The Consulate also reiterated its previous advisory for Filipinos not to participate in the protest and to avoid the centers of mass actions. PND (ag)