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.
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.
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.
I thank His Excellency the Prime Minister and the people of Japan for the warm welcome that they have extended to all of us, as we celebrate the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan relations and reaffirm our commitment to further deepen our productive and meaningful partnership.
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.
On December 13, 2013, President Benigno S. Aquino III met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo, Japan as part of this three day trip.
Signed on December 12, 2013: Implementing Rules and Regulations of Republic Act No. 10627, otherwise known as the Anti-Bullying Act of 2013.