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Communities - RP Government Updates
Monday, 10 March 2008 12:19
Philippine Consulate General
Los Angeles, California

NEWS RELEASE
10 March 2008

"Noong Women's Day ng 2004, pinirmahan ko ang RA9262 "An Act Defining Violence Against Women and Their Children, Providing for Protective Measures for Victims and Prescribing Penalties Therefore." To help enforce this, we have increased the number of policewomen to be hired from 300 to 400 yearly, or 20 percent of the total."


"Dalawa ang ating estratehiya para ibaba ang maternal mortality ratio:


1) health services to pregnant women for safe motherhood and

2) natural family planning services. Sa ating Early Childhood Care and


Development System, isa sa mga layunin ay tiyakin na makakaabot sa sapat na serbisyong pangkalusugan at nutrisyon ang mga nanay bago pa sila manganak."


"For safe motherhood, we now encourage facility-based delivery instead of home-based delivery causes many maternal deaths. Pregnancy now qualifies for public health insurance, para ma-charge ng mga kababaihan sa Philhealth ang panganganak sa ospital."


"Kahit na devolved ang kalusugan sa mga pamahalaang lokal, tinutulungan natin silang gawing secondary hospital ang kanilang mga primary hospital. Ibig sabihin, tinutulungan natin silang magkaroon ng gynecological, obstetric and surgical services para manganak ang nanay sa ospital at hindi sa tahanan."

 

"Today we launch HATAW (Harnessing Appropriate Technology to Assist Women) and POWER (Projects for Women Entrepreneurs). HATAW seeks technology-based solutions to community-based problems, in general, and lack of women's economic opportunities, in particular. It will mesh local knowledge system with modern technology to create value added products and services out of available and abundant resources in the area. New food preservation techniques can be bankrolled by HATAW.


HATAW is for bold, innovative and inventive women who will see the development through the prism of science. We have the means to bankroll their vision. The 2008 budget for DOST includes P340 million for technology innovation and commercialization."


"As to the POWER program, this will be for women entrepreneurs who need additional capital infusion; those who need bridge financing; those whose expansion plans are blocked by the lack of wherewithal. Don't worry, girl, POWER will power up your dreams. Government will be making a wise investment because there is a flood of empirical data, from here and abroad, about the steely credit discipline of women so what well be lent will be recouped. Neither HATAW nor POWER is a handout but each is a hand up, to give a woman the right break so she can go as far and as fast as her talent can bring her."


"It is an essential marker of human rights that all men and women be free and equal not just before God, but before the law and the judgment of society."

 
Social Services


"POWER can be used to start up Botika ng Barangays, of which we are planning to put up about 3,200 branches this year. Or it can underwrite the initial inventory requirements of a Tindahan Natin outlet, the number of which is programmed to reach 14,000 before December."


Governance

"We are proud to say that political and economic parity is the cornerstone of the Philippine agenda."

 

PGMA's Speech at the 4TH MINDANAO COOPERATIVE SUMMIT Atrium, Lim Ket Kai Center, Cagayan de Oro City

10 March 2008



Governance

"Tomorrow we will sign the budget passed in the legislature. It is a budget that reflects the will of the government to work together with Congress to invest in the people and keep the economy on a strong,
stable path."


"When we bring in investments including the cooperatives' investments and create jobs, our people have a more stable and predictable life.  With more investments come more tax revenues that can be invested in schools, roads and bridges as well as healthcare, education and the environment. Over time, everyone will benefit."


"Yet we are aware that no matter how much improvement there is at the top of the economic ladder, many of our people still struggle mightily. We are aware that many hard working men and women especially in Mindanao work every day just to put food on their table and provide adequate shelter for their families."


"We live in a time of great challenges. The issues we champion define our being. We count the fight for a strong economy to cut poverty, the fight for a clean environment and the fight for a quality education the highest imperatives of our time."


"The high price of gasoline and everyday commodities hits our poor the hardest. While the high price of oil is a global issue outside the control of government, we have nevertheless taken and will continue to
take actions to reduce the pain on our people of these high prices.  We have cut tariffs. We have started providing targeted cash payments to the poorest of our poor to help them cope."


"We ask Congress to enact Consumer Bill of Rights to protect our citizens from price gouging, false advertising and other scams that prey on our people."


"I plan on working hard with you the next two years to fulfill our Philippine Reform Agenda until the day I leave office in 2010. I will count on you as we fight for the Economy, Education and the Environment. We'll count on you as we work to fix the corruption that still plagues our nation."


"I remain bullish on the cooperative movement, optimistic about the future of cooperatives and the future of our country. I am grateful for the privilege of serving Mindanao and the nation together with you."

 
Economy

"A strong and growing economy is the central pillar that we have labored to create to help guarantee peace, order and stability in our country. This is our motivation for getting up every day to work hard and focus like a laser beam to fix our economy. We have made tough and unpopular decisions to raise revenues and as we in the executive crack down on tax cheats so that we could invest in our physical infrastructure and in our people."


Social Services


"Cooperatives can do much to reduce the pain on our people of high prices through bulk buying of inputs and transportation services and joint marketing."


"Cooperatives have helped bring positive and lasting change for the nation. Cooperatives have helped create some of the 7 million in jobs and brought in some of the billions in new investment. Cooperatives have helped bring unemployment down and bring down the incidence of hunger."

 

Full text of speech available  at http://www.op.gov.ph/speeches.asp?iid=1207&iyear=2008&imonth=3




PGMA's Speech at the LAKAS NATIONAL DIRECTORATE ASSEMBLY
March 10, 2008


Economy

"With the Lakas-Kampi merger, our energies can be devoted to the strong and growing economy which is the central pillar our party has labored to create to help guarantee peace, order and stability in our country. This is our motivation for getting up every day to work hard and focus like a laser beam to fix our economy. Our party has made tough and unpopular decisions to raise revenues and crack down on tax cheats so that we could invest in our physical infrastructure and in our people."


Governance

"When we bring in investments and create jobs, our people have a more stable and predictable life. With more investments come more tax revenues that can be invested in schools, roads and bridges as well as health care, education and the environment. Over time, everyone will benefit."


"Yet we are aware that no matter how much improvement there is at the top of the economic ladder, many of our people still struggle mightily. We are deeply aware that many hard working men and women work every day just to put food on their table and provide adequate shelter for their families."


"The high price of gasoline and everyday commodities hits our poor the hardest. While the high price of oil and the high world price of rice are a global issue outside the control of any one government, we have nevertheless taken and must continue to take actions to reduce the pain on our people of these high prices. We have cut tariffs. We have started providing targeted cash payments to the poorest of our poor to help them cope. We are spending billions on seed support, irrigation, farm to market roads, no-frills agricultural cargo airports and roll-on-roll-off ferry systems for agricultural cargo to ensure food security. We have introduced in Congress an amendment to the EPIRA to protect our citizens from unreasonably high electric power rates."

 
"We live in a time of great challenges. The issues we champion define our party. We count the fight for a strong economy to dramatically cut poverty, the fight for a clean environment and the fight for a
quality education the highest imperatives of our time. These three issues - the three "E's" of Economy, Environment and Education - are central to lifting our nation up and preparing the next generation of leaders, hopefully many of them from our party."


"With our reinvigorated party's leadership, and with our continuing unity, I remain bullish on our country, optimistic about our future and deeply committed to being a force for good. I am humbled at having the privilege of serving this nation not only as President of the Philippines but also as Chair of Lakas."


"Let us work hard together for the good of the nation and for our party's victory in 2010, when, by the mighty hand of Lakas and the blessings and support of the Filipino people, I shall pass on the
torch of national leadership in a milieu of tranquility, justice, hope and economic well-being for our beloved countrymen."

 

Full text of speech available  at http://www.op.gov.ph/speeches.asp?iid=1208&iyear=2008&imonth=3

 

View from the Palace

By Ignacio R. Bunye

March 9, 2008

 
Reader Martin Ongpin, reacting to my article last week regarding the wide discrepancy between crowd estimates of the police and rally organizers during the Interfaith Prayer Rally last February 29,
emailed to me a Google Earth map indicating the areas along Ayala Avenue and Paseo de Roxas which were occupied by rallyists


At the rally's peak, ( 5:15 p.m. ) Ongpin said that along Ayala  Avenue, the tail-end of the crowd, going towards Edsa, reached the center of the Makati Stock Exchange Building. Going towards
Buendia, the tail-end reached just before Rufino street. All in all, the Ayala Avenue stretch measured approximately 290 meters.


From Ayala Avenue going towards Makati Avenue , the crowd tail-end nearly touched the corner where the Citibank center is located. (Approximately 140 meters).

From Ayala Avenue going towards Asian Institute of Management, the crowd stretched for approximately 60 meters.

Based on the above, Ongpin calculated the gross area occupied by the rallyists at 15, 550 square meters, as follows:

Along Ayala Avenue : 290 meters long x 35 meters wide = 10,150 square meters. Along Paseo de Roxas going towards Makati Avenue : 140 meters long x 30 meters wide = 4,200 square meters. Along Paseo de Roxas going towards AIM: 60 meters long x 20 meters wide = 1,200 square meters.

From the gross area, Ongpin said the center islands, measuring 2 meters wide, would have to be deducted as follows:

Along Ayala Avenue : 270 meters long x 2 meters wide = 540 square meters. Along Paseo de Roxas: 140


meters long x 2 meters wide = 280 square meters for a total area of Center Islands of
approximately 820 square meters.


Thus Ongpin concludes that the area that could have been occupied by rallyists was 14,730 square meters.

Of this space, the area in the immediate vicinity of the rally  stage, estimated at 20 per cent of total area or 2,946 square  meters, had a density of 2 persons per square meter. Estimated number of rallyists in the immediate vicinity of the stage totalled  5,892, according to Ongpin.

The rest of the rally area had a density of 1 person per square  meter or a total of 11, 794 rallyists.

Based on the foregoing, Ongpin estimates the crowd during the  February 29 Makati Interfaith Rally at plus or minus 17,686.

Definitely above the police estimate of 15,000 but way way below the organizers' estimate of 75,000.

***

Is it exploration or merely pre-exploration?

A report quoted by a broadsheet, not the Manila Bulletin, insists that the Joint Marine Seismic Undertaking in the Spratlys involves  exploration which according to the Constitution should be limited to Filipinos.

For the record, the purpose of the joint project is "research of petroleum potential" of the Agreement Area.

The JMSU is confined only to seismic work which involves data gathering, collection and interpretation. These are merely pre-exploration activities, which are not prohibited under existing laws.

The charge that the President has allowed China to extract oil or petroleum resources is simply not borne out by the agreement itself.

What then is the legal basis for allowing pre-exploration?

DOJ Opnion No. 157, Series of 1990, dated August 27, 1990, was issued in connection with a similar proposed seismic agreement which was to have been undertaken by the Government of the Philippines and the Government of Australia.

The opinion said: "The proposed offshore seismic project aims to provide data and expertise to the Philippine government in the determination and development of significant domestic energy
resources and to provide training and data gathering, processing and interpretation techniques which would be useful in the future especially to administer petroleum exploration and development
activities effectively."

The opinion ended by saying: "We find no legal objection to the project proposal and to the execution of the MOA covering it. As we see it, the project proposal which involves data gathering, processing
and interpretation techniques are only pre-exploration activities which are not covered by constitutional limitations."

Curiously, the opinion was penned by then Justice Secretary Franklin B. Drilon. So what is the big hullabaloo about?


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