DBM gears up for PDAF abolition

In the wake of the President’s historic announcement abolishing the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), Secretary of Budget and Management Florencio “Butch” Abad confirmed that the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is rolling up its sleeves to develop a more transparent, accountable, and equitable mechanism to ensure the responsible use of public funds.


Republic Act No. 10612

Approved on August 23, 2013: An Act expanding the coverage of the Science and Technology (S&T) scholarship program and strengthening the teaching of science and mathematics in secondary schools and for other purposes.


DOF creates first ever Chief Economist unit, appoints Beltran as head

The Department of Finance has recently created a unit specifically to provide full-time analytical resource on emerging economic issues and developments to the Secretary of Finance, in support of ongoing trade and investment policies and activities, including international agreements and business developments.


Republic Act No. 10611

Approved on August 23, 2013: An Act to strengthen the food safety regulatory system in the country to protect consumer health and facilitate market access of local foods and food products, and for other purposes.


Republic Act No. 10610

Approved on August 23, 2013: An Act providing for the construction of a fish port in the Municipality of San Vicente, Province of Northern Samar and appropriating funds therefor.


Outgoing German Ambassador conferred the Order of Sikatuna

Secretary of Foreign Affairs Albert F. del Rosario confers the Order of Sikatuna, Rank of Datu (Silver Distinction) on outgoing German Ambassador to the Philippines Dr. Joachim Heidorn, in recognition of the latter’s efforts in promoting excellent relations between the Philippines and Germany, at a ceremony at the Department of Foreign Affairs.


DOLE identifies 1,450 flood-displaced workers for emergency employment in Pampanga

Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said the DOLE-Regional Office No. 3 has identified 1,450 worker-heads of families in Pampanga affected by the recent tropical storm Maring for emergency employment. Secretary Baldoz said similar efforts are underway in other Central Luzon provinces, in the National Capital Region, and in Region 4-A.