National

APEC 2015 logo shows forum’s vision of inclusive future for members through pursuit of Bogor Goals

MANILA, Dec. 4 — The 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, to be hosted by the Philippines, will seek to inspire greater confidence that, through the pursuit of the Bogor Goals, APEC member economies could build a vibrant and inclusive future for all. “As the clamor for progress that leaves no one behind resounds the world over, the Philippines has the opportunity to set a global example of inclusivity this year,” President Benigno S. Aquino […]

Gov’t ready for Typhoon Hagupit with P4.69-B Response -DBM

MANILA, Dec. 4 — The various departments of the National Government are prepared to respond to the possible entry of Typhoon Hagupit into the Philippines as they have appropriate budgetary support worth P4.69 billion, according to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). “The departments are equipped with Quick Response Funds (QRFs), standby funds that they can readily access when emergencies or disasters occur. They can use these funds to mobilize the necessary resources and […]

Local governments have learned a lot from Typhoon ‘Yolanda’, says Palace official

MANILA, Dec. 4 — Local government units (LGUs) have learned to follow the safety guidelines set by the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) following the onslaught of Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ last year, a Palace official said on Wednesday. Now that the country is facing another strong storm, to be called Typhoon ‘Ruby’ once it enters the Philippine area of responsibility, LGUs are expected to prepare and coordinate with national agencies to minimize damage and […]

DTI calls on producers to roll back prices as world oil prices drop

MAKATI, Dec 3 — Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory L. Domingo is calling on producers to make adjustments on the prices of their products commensurate to the decrease in transportation costs they are realizing due to the drop in world oil products. “Filipino consumers,” he says, “should also benefit from the continuous fall in world oil prices that have gone down some 30 percent since June this year.” Secretary Domingo has instructed the DTI’s Consumer […]

Bangsamoro vital to 2015 ASEAN integration

PAGADIAN CITY, Dec. 3 — The passage of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) will be crucial to the participation of the Philippines in the anticipated economic integration of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in 2015. “It is important for us to ensure the security and stability of Mindanao, because geographically, it is our gateway to our ASEAN neighbors,” said Undersecretary Jose Lorena of the Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process […]

President Aquino vows to strengthen fight vs corruption

MANILA, Dec. 3 — President Benigno Aquino III has pledged to strengthen and rationalize government’s reform measures in weeding out corruption during the 2nd State Conference on the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) held in Malacañan Palace on Tuesday. In his speech, the President said he has approved the proposal to draft an executive order to institutionalize an Integrity Management Program (IMP) in government agencies based on the UNCAC. The Joint Technical Working Group, […]