Today at 11:00 a.m., President Benigno S. Aquino III had a meeting with the Presidential Management Staff and the Cabinet Secretary in the Private Office in Malacañan Palace. Later at 2:00 p.m., the President held a meeting regarding his speech for the State of the Nation Address (SONA) also in the Private Office.
Secretary of Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas today said that the Aquino administration is determined to relocate more informal settler families to safer and better communities under “Oplan Likas” or Lumikas para Iwas sa Kalamidad at Sakit being spearheaded by the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The Department of Health (DOH) today recognized the efforts of all the brave souls who have dedicated their time, services, expertise and resources to the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (internationally named Haiyan).
“The POEA Governing Board has approved Board Resolution No, 17 Series of 2014 allowing the processing and redeployment of OFWs under certain skill categories, based on the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs,” said Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz.
Philippine debt metrics continued to improve as an effect of the Aquino administration’s proactive liability management agenda. As of end-2013, the country’s general government (GG) debt to GDP ratio improved by 1.4 percentage points (ppt) from the previous year and 0.5 ppt from the previous quarter to reach 39.2%.
In order to fill up the lack of manpower and further improve its quality of service, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) is opening 1,056 job vacancies in first and second level positions for the agency’s various groups, offices, and collection districts across the country.
“Local employment is one of the components of the package of assistance the DOLE offers to repatriates through the Bureau of Local Employment under Assist WELL, a package of assistance and services the DOLE has adopted to ensure the successful reintegration of OFW repatriates by addressing their welfare, employment, livelihood, and legal needs,” said the Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Baldoz.
The national government, through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), is pursuing the construction of flood walls in flood prone areas to combat flooding within and outside of Metro Manila.
“This is the Department’s response to the clamor for sustainable building regulations to reduce greenhouse emissions and introduce electricity and cost savings for new buildings specifically malls, offices, hotels, residential condominiums, retails establishments, schools and hospitals falling under the minimum qualifying criteria set forth by the code,” said Secretary Singson.
President Benigno S. Aquino III told members of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission (BTC) Thursday that he would aggressively push for the enactment of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law in Congress. “I want to be able to push this [Bangsamoro Basic Law] with conviction,” Aquino said, adding that it is his obligation to the people who are yearning for peace in Mindanao.