Despite more Filipinos backing the government’s cooperation with the International Criminal Court (ICC) on its probe on the previous administration’s bloody drug war, President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. said the country will continue to block any attempt by the judicial body to intervene in the country.
THE government has allocated P2.3 billion worth of aid to farmers, who will be affected by El Niño this year, according to the Department of Agriculture (DA).
PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has called for national unity following the announcement of a so-called independence movement in Mindanao last week.
TO give more time to interested bidders to prepare, the Commission on Election (Comelec) has reset the date for the submission, receipt and opening of bids for the Online Voting and Counting System (OVCS), which it will use for overseas voting for the 2025 polls.
DESPITE the Commission on Elections’ position that the signature-gathering option can continue while the poll body suspends acceptance of the signature sheets, the People’s Initiative to amend the Constitution “is completely dead,” contends veteran election lawyer Romulo Macalintal.
SENATORS on Tuesday heard testimonies from barangay and other local officials confirming their worst fear: that the controversial People’s Initiative (PI) signature drive to amend the Constitution is not grassroots-originated but politician-driven, and attended by apparent bribery.
A HOUSE leader said at the weekend he is banking on the swift resolution of the congressional impasse on Charter Change (Cha-cha) to ensure investor confidence in the country. However, senators did not sound conciliatory, with one offering evidence that the Speaker was, despite denials, “behind” the ongoing push for a People’s Initiative that is not really grassroots-based.
BACKED by a “master plan for genuine development,” President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. launched Sunday the “Bagong Pilipinas” (New Philippines) campaign to achieve “grand” changes in the country which will transcend his administration.
Clad in a white-shirt with the Bagong Pilipinas (BP) logo, the ecstatic chief executive described the innovation and empowerment he wants to realize during the kickoff of the campaign at the Quirino Grandstand at the Rizal Park in Manila.
“Bagong Pilipinas is not a political game plan that caters to a privileged few. It is a master plan for genuine development that benefits of all our people,” Marcos said.
He noted the BP is based on targets set by the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) 2023-2028, which were crafted by each government agency after comprehensive stakeholder consultations.
“It enumerates the sectors to which funds should be channeled, and what nurturing policies must be planted, so that these can contribute to the overall growth that we desire. It lists the infrastructure which we are building better and more. It paints the ideal human development index that we are all working to achieve. ” Marcos said.
He said the BP will include “flooding” farmers and fishermen with much-needed intervention such as irrigation and market access, especially amid the growing impact of El Niño on their production this year.
Through the execution of the BP, he said he hopes to restore the lost trust and confidence of Filipinos in themselves and institutions.
“Bagong Pilipinas is addressed to all government officials and employees and citizens of this country. It is an invitation to all of us to think of being a Filipino and view the nation from a renewed perspective,” Marcos said.
“It is a call for transformation. The transformation of our idea of being a Filipino, and the transformation of our economy, of governance, of society,” he added.
Brand of governance
Under BP, the President said there should be no laziness, corrupt practices, wastefulness and inefficiency in operations, as well as oppressiveness in the government.
PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. lauded the celebration of the Dinagyang Festival in Iloilo for helping preserve the country’s cultural identity.
The National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) on Friday warned the ongoing dispute between the House of Representatives and the Senate on the proposed changes in the 1987 Constitution is causing “uncertainties,” which may “inhibit” investments in the country.
In a news conference in Malacañang, NEDA Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan urged both houses of Congress to finally settle the matter so the country can maintain its investor confidence.
“Well, I hope that they can agree very soon because we don’t also want those uncertainties because one of the factors that inhibit investments, whether it’s domestic or foreign, is the state of uncertainty. So, we hope that our leaders will come to a common position quickly so that we can move on,” Balisacan said.
Members of the Senate are opposing the people’s initiative (PI) to amend certain economic provision of the Constitution, which is being backed by the House, since it will pave the way toward joint voting for the said amendments.
Senators noted the scheme would prevent their 24 members from making any meaningful vote on the amendments against 316 House members.
Balisacan said he is backing the removal of the economic provisions of the Constitution, which impose “unnecessary restrictions on foreign investments.”
The removal of such restrictions, reduction of high cost of certain inputs like energy and the predictability of local policies can help the country attract more investments, the Neda chief pointed out.
He said he supports the position of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. to open most sectors to foreign ownership, except vital assets like land and the media.
One sector, he said, which will benefit from foreign ownership is the education sector since it can encourage the top schools to open branches in the country.
“I’m talking about the UK, Europe, America, and Australia, looking for campuses in Asia and Southeast Asia. And where did they go? They go to countries like Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam and we would have been the best candidate, because our educational system is something very close to the US, very close to the western countries, and we get the language,” Balisacan said. -30-
PRESIDENT Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said the country’s basic education is on track to recovering from the impact of the pandemic as the Department of Education (DepEd) made strides in improving curriculum, school infrastructure and equipment as well as student and teacher competencies.
Around 55 million people now have access to the digital versions of their Philippine Identification System Cards (PhilSys ID), according to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
SHOW, don’t tell. President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has ordered officials of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) to provide the comprehensive details of the benefits its members will receive from its premium hike.
At least 16 people were confirmed to have died from the heavy rains and severe flooding in the Davao Region and its surrounding regions last week, according to the Office of Civil Defense-National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (OCD-NDRRMC).