Statement: The Deputy Presidential Spokesperson on a credit rating upgrade from NICE Investors Service Co. Ltd.

We are pleased to announce that the Philippines has received yet another credit rating upgrade, this time from South Korea-based NICE Investors Service Co. Ltd., which has raised our credit rating from BB+ to BBB- with a positive outlook—thus upgrading our status from speculative to investment grade. This marks the 18th positive rating action since the start of the Aquino administration.

The President’s Day: September 2, 2014

Today at 10:00 a.m., President Benigno S. Aquino III had a meeting with officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs in the President’s Hall of Malacañan Palace. At 1:30 p.m., the President had a meeting with officials from the Department of Social Welfare and Development in the Study Conference Room, also in Malacañan Palace.


Statement: DSWD on the lowering of the minimum age of criminal responsibility

We affirm with the fundamental truth that Filipino children can be rehabilitated and lead away from the life of crime. But the children cannot do it alone; the State and society can, and must, give them that choice, in order to make the change possible. This will not only benefit our children, certainly this will benefit our nation. Thus let us join hands in assuring a good future for our children.


Statement: DepEd on the shooting incident at PNHS

We at DepEd condemn all forms of violence especially as they occur in schools. We maintain that schools are zones of peace where the safety and well-being of students, teachers, and personnel are of utmost importance.


Budget reforms highlighted in good governance meet

The two-day national forum—which is spearheaded by the Aquino administration’s Good Governance and Anti-Corruption Cluster—will bring together around 200 participants coming from various Local Government Units (LGUs), civil society organizations (CSOs), business groups, academe, international partners, and the media, to talk about reforms on open governance and fiscal transparency.


Statement: The Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process on the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law

Presidential Adviser Deles: ‎Presidential review of the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) was completed almost two weeks ago. On the basis of the President’s comments, there were further discussion and exchange of notes between MILF and the Office of the President, the results of which were also submitted to the President. The draft BBL is now undergoing final stages of refinement.

Message of President Aquino to the Rotary Club of Mabini Manila on the occasion of their 5th Induction and Handover Ceremonies, September 2, 2014

The wheels of reform are driven by a people committed to, and unified in, action. Every time we collectively embark on the task of nation-building, our agenda of renewal is propelled forward, and the breadth and reach of revitalization is widened. May the new leaders of your organization further the contributions of the Rotary in transforming our communities, and in facilitating an informed, responsive civil society. Our combined determination is crucial as we clear the trail for the Filipino’s journey to a just, inclusive, and empowered tomorrow.