NDRRMC Situation Report on the effects of typhoon Yolanda, December 16, 2013 (6:00 a.m.)

381 evacuation centers have been providing temporary shelter to 20,949 families. As of December 16, 2013, 35,455 personnel, 1,351 vehicles, 118 seacraft, 163 aircraft, and other assets/equipment from national and local agencies, responders, and volunteer organizations were prepped and deployed to various strategic areas to facilitate and expedite response operations.

Initial P5.5-M for 1,000 workers in 15 days

Secretary Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday approved the recommendation of the members of the District Tripartite Council (DTC) of the Ormoc-Kananga Mill District to utilize an initial P5.5 million of the Sugar Amelioration Program (SAP) fund originally earmarked for calamity for funding an emergency employment program (EEP) for sugar workers in the sugar district in Eastern Visayas.

Statement of President Aquino upon his arrival from the ASEAN-Japan Commemorative Summit

Pakikisamang tunay po ang pinipilit nating ipakita sa lahat ng bansa. Sinusuklian nila ito ng napakabuti at napakatunay ding pakikisama: May respeto, at nagpapamalas ng makabuluhang pakikibalikat habang sinisikap nating abutin ang ating mga adhikain. Nawa’y samantalahin po natin ang mga pagkakataon upang makapagpamana sa mga susunod na salinlahi ng isang lipunang mas patas, mas sagana, at tumatamasa ng mas malawakang kaunlaran.

Message of President Aquino to the Ilocos Sur Electric Cooperative on the occasion of their 35th Annual General Membership Assembly, December 14, 2013

Electric cooperatives undertake the crucial role of distributing electricity to our communities and industries; your improvement as a vital enterprise sustains the virtuous cycle of growth across the nation. Let this gathering rejuvenate your spirits and commitment anew: Through dynamism, excellence, and determination, may you render greater service to the Filipino people. We in government thank you for bringing light, coursing empowerment, and sparking hope to our citizenry.

Statement of President Aquino following the working lunch with Prime Minister Abe, December 13, 2013

This year has indeed been a banner year for high-level exchanges between the Philippines and Japan. Throughout the dialogues and discussions our two countries have had, we have always expressed a consistent desire to deepen our relations and to enhance our strategic partnership. We do this, knowing that stronger engagement will benefit both the Japanese and the Filipino people; foster development, security, and peace in our countries; and build a more peaceful and more secure Asia Pacific region.