Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Regional DRRMC-XI braces for the Holy Week

DAVAO CITY, Mar 31 (PIA) The Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council in Davao Region assured the public the readiness of its member agencies to ensure public order and safety.

Retired Brig. General Loreto Rirao, chair of the RDRRMC 11 and director of the Office of Civil Defense 11 said all agencies involved in prevention, mitigation and response to calamities either natural or man-made are on standby to handle any situation.

He met with line agencies of government Monday to get a good grasp and picture of their state of readiness.

Rirao expressed confidence that the government can withstand challenges to peace and public order during the Holy Week and summer vacation.

Representatives from the security sector like the police and military composed of the Task Force Davao, Eastern Mindanao Command, Davao City Police Office and the Police Regional Office 11, Philippine Coast Guard, Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Department of Interior and Local Government represented their respective operation plans relative to the commemoration of the Holy   Week and the summer vacation.

“I am glad that everyone is ready to respond to any eventuality,” he said.

Rirao said the RDRRMC is also on its toes relative to the entry of Tropical Storm Chedeng by Wednesday which might affect the movement of people through the rest of the Holy Week.  (PIA 11-Joey Sem G. Dalumpines)

No ‘over financing’ in Muslim Mindanao, says government peace panel

The government peace panel clarified that the administration is not “over financing” the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the proposed Bangsamoro government.

Member of the Government Peace Panel, Senen Bacani, said to correct this misconception, there is a need to differentiate the existing budget for ARMM from the incremental funding that will be introduced once the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is passed.

“Tungkol sa financing, kailangan i-klaro dito kung ano ang existing at saka ano ang incremental. Pag-usapan muna natin ang incremental funding because of the Bangsamoro Basic Law. Nakasaad diyan merong special development fund. First year, P7 billion and then for the next five years P2 billion each, that is a total of P17 billion. Tapos ang incremental fund na Bangsamoro Transition Authority, P1 billion. Iyan lang talaga ang karagdagang gastos [sa] pagpasa ng Bangsamoro Basic Law because the other expenses, nandiyan na ‘yan,” Bacani explained.

The ARMM meanwhile has an existing budget of P24.3 billion, which will get an additional P900 million for pensions, for a total of P25.2 billion, he said, noting that in 2016, a “block grant” of P26.8 billion will replace the annual subsidy to ARMM.

“When you say ‘block grant’, it gives you the impression na bago but it is just a new term. It is to replace the annual subsidy to the ARMM, which exists in the General Appropriations Act. Makikita sa General Appropriations Act for 2015, P24.3 billion, magdagdag ka ng P900 million because of the pension fund, that’s P25.2 billion. Papalitan ‘yan ng block grant in 2016 ng P26.8 billion,” he said.

Under the BBL, he said, the block grant is four percent of 60 percent of the net internal revenue collections.

“Ang base year niyan 2013. 2013, the estimated net BIR internal revenue collection is about P1.1 trillion—2.4 percent of that is P26.8 billion. Kapalit lang ‘yan ‘nung 24.3 plus 900, so 25.2,” said Bacani. “This is not additional. Projected na ito.”

“The current ARMM budget today will be translated into a block grant. It does not mean an increase. Ito talagang karagdagan: Special Development Fund, P7 billion and then P2 billion a year for five years starting in 2017. A one-time transition fund of P1 billion in 2016,” Bacani said, denying what critics refer to as a P75 billion additional funding for the Bangsamoro.

He noted that the incremental funding will be “subject to proper accountability and normal checks and balances and safeguards”.

Budget Secretary Florencio Abad, for his part, explained the three components of the ARMM budget: the salary of government employees (42 percent), maintenance and operating expenses (12 percent), and capital outlay (46 percent).

“Tatlong pinupuntahan at hindi kalakihan ‘yan. With or without the BBL ay ibibigay ‘yan. Now, it is called the ARMM government but in the future, if the bill passes, then it becomes the Bangsamoro government. Just to stress those two points,” said Abad. (PCOO News Release)

MILF members will not be integrated into National Police, Armed Forces, says government peace panel chair

Chairperson of the government peace panel, Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, on Monday (March 30) clarified that members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) will not be integrated into the Philippine National Police or the Armed Forces of the Philippines, once the draft Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is passed.

“Again, we would like to clarify, wala pong integration ng MILF sa police force or sa Armed Forces of the Philippines, unlike in the peace agreement with the MNLF, that is not there; and the MILF will not become the police force for the Bangsamoro,” she said.

Professor Ferrer urged the people to “go back to the text” to correct wrong interpretations on the contents of the BBL.

“What we are stressing is go back to the text, go back to the original source, kasi ‘pag ang lumalabas ay ang mga parang general perceptions, then you miss out all of these very, very important provisions in the draft law that basically repeats what is written in the Constitution or upholds what are written in the Constitution and effectively delimits the powers of the Bangsamoro government,” she pointed out.

On the supposed creation of a Commission on Audit under the Bangsamoro government, she cited that according to Article 5, Section 2 of the BBL, the body that will be created in terms of performing some auditing functions in the Bangsamoro shall not in any way prejudice the powers, authority and duty of the national COA.

“What probably has created a lot of confusion is to call that body a Bangsamoro Commission on Audit. So if the idea is to allow for an internal audit system that is within the Bangsamoro government, perhaps, one of the revisions or cleaning up that could be done is to remove any reference to that particular name, which has created much of this confusion,” she explained.

Ferrer also denied that the Bangsamoro government will have its own Commission on Election, noting that the BBL’s Article 7, Section 9 refers to a Bangsamoro electoral office, which shall be part of the COMELEC.

“The only specialization that this COMELEC office in the Bangsamoro will have, is in relation to the fact that it will have a different kind of an electoral system,” she said.
On the Commission on Human Rights, Ferrer said the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) already has such a commission.

“So what is provided for here is that the Commission on Human Rights in the Bangsamoro shall have a coordinative and complementary relationship with the national Commission on Human Rights in carrying out its mandate, which is exactly what we have now in the ARMM, and that has been facilitated by a memorandum of agreement between the national Commission on Human Rights and the newly created the two- or three-year-old ARMM Commission on Human Rights,” she said.

“Maybe what is a little bit controversial here is that in the proposed law, there is this provision that provides for prosecutorial powers for the Bangsamoro Commission on Human Rights, which the current National Commission on Human Rights does not have,” she added.

Amid the confusion, Ferrer said she hopes that Congress would be able to provide a better version of the BBL.

“We are not saying that the way the law is drafted now is the best language already that there is, and we look up to the wisdom of Congress to be able to come up with a much better language, precisely to be able to avoid these kinds of misinterpretation,” Ferrer said. (PCOO News Release)

Thursday, March 26, 2015

PCA, magmugna og multi-sectoral advisory council nga motuki sa coco levy assets

Magmugna ang Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) og usa ka multi-sectoral advisory council nga mohimo og rekomendasyon para sa implementasyon ni Presidente Benigno ‘Noynoy’ Aquino III pinaagi sa duha  ka executive orders kalabot sa gi-planong privatization sa coco levy assets.

Matud pa ni Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Sec. Sonny Coloma, Jr. nga nakakuha siya og pamahayag gikan ni Presidential Assistant for Food Security and Agricultural Modernization Francis Pangilinan, kinsa miingon nga ang PCA motubag sa mga kabalaka sa mga mag-uuma.

Gikataho nga daghang coconut farmer organizations ang ni-kuwestiyon sa mga bag-ong executive orders nga gipagawas sa Presidente diin matud pa nga ang maong mga mando wala misubay sa nahisgotan sa niaging konsultasyon ug may mga pangutana ang mga mag-uuma sa planong privatization sa coco levy assets.

Sa niaging semana, gipagawas ni PNoy ang Executive Orders 179 ug 180 kalabot sa inventory ug privatization sa coco levy assets.

Ang maong mando nagtakda usab og sumbanan o guidelines alang sa pagpagula ug sa paggamit sa coco levy assets. (PIA)

Bagyo, taman signal no. 5 na

Nidesider na ang Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astrono­mical Services Admi­nis­tration (PAGASA) nga dugangan og taman Signal number 5 ang kasamtangang signals sa bagyo nga taman number 4 lamang ang gigamit sa paghatag og pasidaan sa publiko kun may kalamidad sa atong nasud.

Matud pa sa PAGASA, opis­yal nang gamiton sa ahensiya ang taman Signal number 5 kun  ang bagyo usa  ka super typhoon nga may gikosgon nga hangin nga molapas sa 220 kilometro matag oras.

Susama niini ang niaging bagyong Yolanda nga usa  ka super typhoon nga may gikosgon nga hangin`g mikabat sa 235 taman 275  kilometro matag oras.

Padayon pang gamiton sa PAGASA ang public storm warning signal hangtud number 4 nga na-adopt niadtong tuig 1997 ug gi-revised niadtong tuig 2010.

Gipasabot sa PAGASA nga Signal number 1, kun may gikosgon nga hangin`g mokabat sa 30-60 kilometro matag oras; Signal 2, kun  61-100 kph; Signal 3, kun 101-185 kph; ug Signal 4, kun  kapin sa 185 kph. (PIA)