Malacanang says 2014 GDP growth target still achievable

MANILA, Philippines — Malacanang said it remains optimistic that it could achieve the 6.5 percent gross domestic product (GDP) growth target for the year, despite slower economic growth in the third quarter. In a press briefing in Malacañang, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said they remain hopeful that the country’s economy would rebound in the fourth quarter. Quoting National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director General Arsenio Balisacan, Coloma said the administration’s […]

Transparency 3.0 Freedom of Information Asian Perspectives, Philippine Impact

Manila, Philippines – In this era of critical governance reforms and their role in both mitigating corruption while promoting investment and competitiveness, the Freedom of Information (FOI) Bill is positioned to serve as a linchpin for sustainable transparency and development for the country. To provide a better understanding of FOI and its implications to our society, Asia Society Philippines, INCITEGov and Young Public Servants present Transparency 3.0 Freedom of Information: Asian Perspectives, Philippine Impact on […]

DOH exempts 4 peace keepers from Ebola quarantine

Days after being criticized for breaking their own Ebola quarantine protocol, the military and the Department of Health on Tuesday exempted four just-returned United Nations peacekeepers from Liberia were sent to a hospital that was not designated an Ebola facility. “The decision to let them undergo the quarantine at the AFP Medical Center is based on the guidance from DOH,” said Armed Forces spokesman Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc. Cabunoc explained that the four Filipino soldiers, who were […]

Freedom of Information forum set on Dec. 1

  Manila, Philippines – A forum tackling the issue of Freedom of Information is set on Monday, December 1, at the Asian Institute of Management in Makati that will feature senators and speakers involved in the current FOI bill, as well as resource persons from other countries. The forum entitled “Transparency 3.0 Freedom of Information: Asian Perspectives, Philippine Impact” on December 1, 2014 will be held from 1PM to 5:30PM at the AIM in Makati.  It will provide a […]

Vietnam warships visit Philippines amid South China Sea dispute

(Reuters) – Vietnam on Tuesday showed off its two most powerful warships in the first-ever port call to the Philippines but an official said it was not trying to challenge China’s superior naval forces amid tension in the South China Sea. Hanoi invited the diplomatic community to its Russian-built missile-guided frigates docked in Manila Bay at the start of a three-day goodwill visit. China lays claim to almost all of the entire South China Sea, believed to be […]