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Dec 05th
Home Community RP Government Updates Philippine Economy Posts a Respectable 4.6% GDP Growth in Second Quarter. And Other News.
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Tuesday, 02 September 2008 08:40

Philippine Economy Posts a Respectable 4.6% GDP Growth in Second Quarter

The 4.6% GDP recorded on the second quarter is still respectable given the threats to global economy. In a larger view, our growth output only mirrors what the rest of even major economies in the world are experiencing due to high food and oil prices which induced inflation and held back consumer demand. The government is addressing the impact of these by accelerating expenditures on pro-poor programs while cutting back on non-essential ones. These measures and other reforms laid by President Arroyo which kept the country on even keel in spite of global factors, are part of the pump-priming activity of the government to generate jobs and demand for goods and services.

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Delegates to 4th regional forum on corruption calls on PGMA

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo welcomed today to Malacañang the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) delegates to the 4th annual meeting of the parties to the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Preventing and Combating Corruption held on Aug. 26-28 at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC).

The President said the Philippines was happy to host the three-day meeting of the heads of anti-corruption agencies from Malaysia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines.

The delegation, led by Ambassador Said Hamdan of Malaysia, paid a courtesy call on the President this morning at Malacanang’s Music Room.  The group was accompanied to Malacanang by Ombudsman Ma. Merceditas Guttierez.

The delegates shared their best country practices and benchmark strategies on fighting and preventing corruption during the three-day meeting.

On the third day, Ombudsman Gutierrez and other key Philippine officials, including Sandiganbayan Presiding Justice Diosdado Peralta, presented the country’s experience in asset recovery.

In her address during the opening of the meeting at the PICC, Guttierez said that the gathering of the delegates from the ASEAN countries was an indication of that level of collective understanding and resolve required to fight corruption and recover ill-gotten proceeds.

She added: Indeed, your presence, a presence that seems to grow each time we meet, is yet another public acknowledgement not just of the need to fight corruption but the need for nations to band together in order to effectively fight corruption on a regional, even global, scale.

The first MOU on fighting corruption region-wide was signed on Dec. 15, 2004, among Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore in Jakarta, Indonesia.

The ASEAN member parties that hosted past annual MOU meetings were Malaysia in July 2005, Brunei in July 2006, and Singapore in Sept. 2007.

In forming the group, the member agencies recognized the need to strengthen collaborative efforts among them to fight corruption, which is transnational in nature.

Among the areas of cooperation among the parties to the MOU are the following: exchange of information in respect to methods and means of criminal acts of corruption and corrupt practices; conduct training,
courses, exchange of expertise and human resource personnel; host and participate in forums, workshops, seminars, conventions and conferences; provide technical assistance in operational activities;
and share information on relevant intelligence data, statistics, and corruption crime records.


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RP admired for forging IHR covenants

Iloilo City -- The Philippine government has been admired by other world leaders for having been signatory to International Human Rights (IHR) covenants and protocols.

Commission on Human Rights (CHR) 6 Regional Dir. Atty. David Bermudo said that the Philippines' commitments to comply with the protocols show the government's relentless efforts in promoting and protecting human rights in all levels in the country in as much as it could.

Bermudo said that the government through the CHR is continuously and regularly reporting to the international bodies about the compliance of the covenants and have even asked an independent rapporteur to observe and review the state of human rights protection and promotion in the country.

The CHR chief said that the government is trying its best to deliver and fulfill the rights of the people, and when the efforts are found weak in some aspects based on reports and reviews, the international community are bound to assist because this is part of the protocols.

Up for review, Bermudo said, is the performance of the country along economic, social and cultural rights promotion, that include civil rights, political rights, economic, and social security rights.

Civil rights are measured on the rate the government has pursued the rights of people to express their beliefs, opinions and redress of grievances among others; political rights which are expressed in freedom to vote and participate in political activities; economic which include the right to work, to engage in livelihood; social security through social welfare agencies; while cultural, on the extent the government is working to promote the rights of Indigenous peoples and other cultural minorities in the country.

Bermudo said the promotion of human rights also need resources, money to fulfill its mandates to perform well based on the covenants and protocols it had signed.


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PGMA’s Speech during the 100th Anniversary of the Philippines Free Press Magazine

Captain’s Bar, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Makati City

August 27, 2008


Press Freedom


“The struggles of our nation are interwoven with the work of the Philippines Free Press’ people: the publisher who steered it over decades, ensuring its survival against economic and political threats; the editors and writers who made sure it not only gave people the news accurately and in timely fashion each

week, but also helped cast the information and analysis in a manner that inspires and illuminates in a manner that encourages discernment and inspired action.”


“Freedom in the hands of such as these who want the freedom without the responsibility degenerates into a callous license to aspire to little more than gossipy headlines and inflated circulation numbers, no matter what cost must be paid in the debasement of public discourse. That’s why in times like this, we need institutions like the Philippines Free Press to stand like pillars of our most important freedoms and our most important responsibilities.”


“The lifelong cause of the Philippines Free Press has been, not just to chronicle the most important moments of the republic, but to articulate the sharpest insights and deepest aspirations of its people. In having done these tasks so well, the Philippines Free Press itself is worthy of being chronicled.


The Philippines Free Press has lived for a hundred years, but worthy as it is to be chronicled we cannot even begin to quantify the debt that the Filipinos owe the Philippines Free Press for all the triumphs over evil, over ignorance, over despair. “


“We welcome all the cooperation that media can provide; especially we welcome the cooperation from such a fine paper as the Philippines Free Press.”




“I deplore the killings, be they from left or right, against journalists. We aim to break this sad historical cycle. We are focused on bringing perpetrators to justice, working with Congress to pass new laws to protect victims and jail criminals, and exhort the nation to leave behind its terrible legacy of political violence and clan vendettas.”


“We’ve been making progress in stopping the tragic killings of journalists. Our law enforcement agencies have been achieving success in bringing to justice those who carry out these crimes. I established a task force to especially pursue the cases of the killings of journalists with Administrative Order 211.  That’s why the task force is called Task Force 211. It is a body established specifically to address these terrible crimes against journalists, and the head of this right now is the Undersecretary of Justice Ric Buenaflor.”


“It only shows that crimes such as these cannot be resolved by the government alone. Task Force 211 and our various law enforcement agencies need the support and cooperation of all stakeholders if we are to end these killings once and for all. Individuals who provide vital information against criminals who prey on journalists will be placed, if they choose, in the Department of Justice’s Witness Protection program for their security and protection.”


Full text of Speech at


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US deputy envoy bares support to RP's peace efforts

Dipolog City -- The United States of America is fully supporting the peace efforts of the Philippine government.

This was the statement of US Deputy Ambassador to the Philippines Jon Lindborg in an interview during his visit here yesterday.

He said the US government would support the peaceful settlement of the problem between the Philippine government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Lindborg also believed that the MILF problem could be resolved through negotiation, as "it is the only way to achieving peace."

He, however, made it clear that the US government has nothing to do with the negotiation since it is only between the Moro rebels and the Philippine government. But he assured that his country would always support peace and development efforts which contribute to "an environment that helps peace grow" in the country.

Lindborg was here to represent Kristie Kenny, US ambassador to the Philippines, who was invited as  keynote speaker during the opening of the 17th Mindanao Business Conference (MinBizcon) yesterday.

Lindborg, who also serves as the mission director of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), went to Mutia town for the turnover of the Computer Literacy and Internet connection (CLIC) project at Mutia National High School.

The CLIC project was implemented under the USAID's Growth with Equity in Mindanao (GEM) program, which has already assisted 674 schools in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and other conflict-affected areas of Mindanao.

Mutia National High School has received from GEM 10 computers with broadband internet access, a printer, a LAN, and books on computers which all amounted to PhP 339,000. # # #


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