Malacanang cites country’s GDP growth in first quarter of 2012; says it’s the highest growth rate in entire ASEAN region

MALACAÑANG bared the significant growth in the country’s economy that were attributed to the continued confidence by the private sector on the Aquino administration, including the increase in exports and the increase in expenditures by the Filipino people.

In a regular press briefing in Malacanang on Thursday, Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte read a statement on the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the first quarter of 2012 which, she said, was the highest in Asia and in the entire Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.

“The Philippine economy grew by 6.4 per cent in the first quarter of 2012. The better than expected economic growth was due to sustained private sector confidence and accelerated government spending. There were healthy increases in the services sector, complemented by growth in exports and increases in household consumption expenditures,” Valte said.

“The first quarter GDP figure validates the optimistic outlook of the President and his economic team. It is the highest first quarter GDP growth in a non-election year since 2006; the second highest in Asia; and the highest growth rate in the entire ASEAN region for this
period,” she added.

“We are confident that the positive trajectory of our GDP growth will be sustained in the latter quarters of this year, which has traditionally demonstrated more robust and dynamic economic performance. Moreover, this affirmation of our country’s steady advance toward inclusive growth comes at the heels of Moody’s Investors Service upgrade of our credit
outlook to positive from stable.  All indications point to the global economy’s continued confidence in the Philippines, as well as to a more optimistic outlook within the country,” Valte explained.

At the height of these achievements, Valte assured that the government will continue to pursue its reform agenda and efforts to ensure the improvement of the lives of the Filipinos.

“The hard work continues, on the firm foundations of these recent achievements. As the Aquino administration has been resolute in carrying out its agenda of reform and in institutionalizing good governance, it will continue to be equally steadfast in translating our
economy’s gains into employment opportunities, programs geared toward poverty alleviation, and the systemic improvement of the way of life of Filipinos,” Valte noted. (PCOO)

Malakanyang: Pagbasura ni PNoy sa P125 wage hike, dili pagpabor sa mga employers

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, May 02 (PIA)–Kusganong giingon sa Malakanyang nga adunay gipaboran si Presidente Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III sa pagbasura niini sa sugyot sa mga mamumuo nga P125 across-the-board wage hike.

Sa usa ka radio interview sa dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, gipasabot ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte nga nagmatinud-anon lamang ang Presidente sa iyang diskurso kagahapon sa paghandom sa Labor Day.

Pasabot pa niini, tanan man ang naghandom og taas nga suholan apan kinahanglan nga timbangon usab ang kaayuhan sa mga mamumuo ug employers.

Giingong dili angay makompromiso ang ubang trabahante nga mahimong matangtang sa trabaho kun ipatuman ang P125 legislated wage increase kun dili kini makaya sa mga negosyante.

Sa iyang diskurso sa pagsaulog sa Labor Day kagahapon, gitataw sa Presidente nga mas maglisod ang katawhang Pilipino kun ipatuman ang P125 across-the-board wage hike tungod kay kun sumadahon, mokabat man sa P1.43 trilyon ang ipagawas sa ekonomiya aron
mabayaran ang halos upat ka milyong mamumuo matag tuig. (PIA-Bohol/ecb)

Aquino declares the month of May of every year as electrical safety month

PRESIDENT Benigno S. Aquino III has declared the month of May of every year as Electrical Safety Month to increase public awareness on electrical safety and educate the people on the safe use of electrical appliances and gadgets.

The Chief Executive issued the declaration in Proclamation No. 193 signed by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. on June 27, to “amplify and reinforce the consciousness of the public on electrical safety.”

The President said that many lives and properties are lost due to fires and electrocution.

“The main reason for the occurrence of fires and electrocution from electrical causes is not faulty wiring but ignorance in the use of electrical appliances and gadgets such as overloading of electrical outlets and the use of counterfeit electrical products such as circuit
breakers, power strips, extension cords, batteries and holiday lights that can cause fires, explosions, shocks, and electrocutions,” he said.

He pointed out that the economic losses brought about by fires contribute to reduced productivity and therefore affect the country’s economy.

He further said that the Bureau of Product Standards (BPS) which is under the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) serves as the National Standards Body of the Philippines, with the mandate to develop, promulgate, implement and coordinate standardization activities regarding electrical products.

According to the President, the Institute of Integrated Electrical Engineers of the Philippines, Inc. (IIEE) has entered into an agreement with the Singapore-based International Copper Association-Southeast Asia (ICA-SEA), a non-profit organization, to conduct electrical safety awareness campaign in the country.

“The agreement also aims to provide the opportunity to share best practices and help establish good standard in electrical system in the Philippines,” he added.

The President, likewise, directed the IIEE and BPS to conduct programs and activities on electrical safety throughout the year subject to the approval of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC). (PCOO)

Pagpangita sa mga nangawala tungod sa linog, gipatutokan ni PNoy

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Feb. 7 (PIA)–Gimanduan na ni Presidente Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III ang National Disaster Risk Reduction ang Management Council (NDRRMC) sa pagtino sa kinatibuk-ang kadaot human sa 6.9 magnitude nga linog nga nitay-og sa Visayas gahapon.

Gipahingusgan na usab sa Presidente ang search and rescue operations sa mga probinsiyang naapektuhan.

Matud pa ni Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte sa usa ka interview, gamiton na ang mga helicopter sa Philippine Air Force (PAF) aron maadto dayon ug maluwas ang mga naapektuhang residente, human sa taho nga na-isolate ang kadaghanan tungod sa mga nagubang tulay.

Gibutyag usab ni Valte nga gamiton ang mga sakyanang pangdagat sa Philippine Navy ug Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) aron matabangan ang Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) sa paghatud sa mga pagkaon ug uban pang tabang.

Gimanduan na usab sa Presidente ang DSWD sa pagpahigayon og clearing operations sa mga nabara nga agianan, paghimo og rerouting ug ayuhon ang mga nagubang tulay. (PIA- Bohol/ecb)

PNoy ug Pres. Obama magpulong sa Indonesia

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, Nov. 10 (PIA)–Adunay panagpulong silang Presidente Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III ug US President Barack Obama sa 19th Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit nga ipahigayon sa Indonesia sa Nobyembre 18.

Matud pa ni Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert Del Rosario, ang mahitabong bilateral meeting tali nilang PNoy ug Obama adunay kalabotan usab sa gitakdang pagbisita dinhi sa nasud ni US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton alang sa ika-60
nga anibersaryo sa Mutual Defense Treaty tali sa Pilipinas ug Estados Unidos.

Pasabot ni Del Rosario, ang maong “high level meeting” pagmatuod lamang nga lig-on ang alyansa ug strategic partnership sa duha ka nasud.

Gipaabot nga hisgotan nilang PNoy ug Obama ang mga isyu sa maritime security, non- proliferation, disaster mitigation, food security ug edukasyon.

Kini ang mahimong ikaduhang pagkita sa duha ka pangulo.

Una nang nagkita ang duha ka lider niadtong Setyembre, 2010 sa gipahigayon nga ASEAN US Leaders’ Meeting sa New York City. (PIA-Bohol/ecb)