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Palace on heavy MM traffic: Understanding needed

Malacañang yesterday renewed its call to the public for understanding as complaints continue to pile up on the worsening traffic situation in Metro Manila. Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. also assured that all contracts of existing infrastructure projects will pass legal scrutiny should the new administration look into the legality of all the contracts on infrastructure projects under the Aquino administration. “We are confident that these contracts will pass legal scrutiny. These have been done in accordance with the principles of good governance,” Coloma said. He asked for understanding from the public as various road infrastructure projects create heavy traffic in the metropolis. He said that while the public is looking for immediate solutions to traffic woes, road infrastructure projects will really take time to be completed. “The inherent nature of infrastructure requires masterplanning. …

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President Aquino visits the wake of former LTO chief Virginia Torres

President Aquino visited the wake of the late former Land Transportation Office (LTO) chief Virginia Torres in Tarlac on Tuesday, January 5. Sources in Malacanang said that the President visited the wake on Tuesday afternoon. No other details were given. Torres succumbed to cardiac arrest last January 2, Saturday. "We extend our sympathy and condolences to the family of former Assistant Secretary (ASec.) Virginia Torres," Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said. Torres was in public service for 33 years, until her retirement in October 2013. She started her career in government as a cashier at the Tarlac LTO in December 1980. It will be recalled that in December 2015, the Bureau of Customs (BOC) recommended to file charges against Torres. Reports revealed that the BOC has recommended that smuggling raps be filed against Torres for …

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Gov’t agencies told to implement national anti-drug action plan

Malacañang has issued Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 89 directing all government agencies to implement and institutionalize the National Anti-Drug Plan of Action (NADPA). The Dangerous Drugs Board (DDB) formulated the NADPA, which outlines the efforts of the government to strengthen its campaign against drugs and contribute to international efforts to counter the world drug problem. “In the Philippines, the drug problem is not merely a security or health issue, but also encompasses social, economic, psychological and economic interests, requiring the unified involvement of various government agencies,” the Memorandum Circular read. Under MC No. 89, signed on December 17, 2015, all government offices, departments, bureaus, agencies, offices and government-owned or -controlled corporations (GOCCs), shall implement the NADPA. The DDB shall serve as the lead agency in its implementation. The NADPA shall be implemented for a period …

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2016 has 6 long weekends

The new year has six long weekends, according to the 2016 calendar based on Proclamation No. 1105 signed by President Aquino on Aug. 20, 2015. The first long weekend of 2016 started yesterday, New Year’s Day, which fell on a Friday. The five others are on the weekend of the: Chinese New Year on Feb. 8,  Monday; Maundy Thursday and Good Friday on March 24 and 25, respectively; National Heroes’ Day, which falls on Aug. 29, Monday; Oct. 31, Monday, Nov. 1,  All Saints’ Day, a Tuesday; and Rizal Day on Dec. 30, a Friday.  Based on Proclamation No. 1105, regular holidays include New Year’s Day, January 1 (Friday); Maundy Thursday, March 24; Good Friday, March 25; Araw ng Kagitingan, April 9 (Saturday); Labor Day, May 1 (Sunday); Independence Day, June 12 (Sunday); …

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Aquino boasts of Daang Matuwid’s achievements

President Aquino expressed optimism that his administration’s “Daang Matuwid” (Straight Path) will be the roadmap that will enable the country to attain First World Status by 2030. In his New Year’s message, President Aquino said he cannot help but be filled with pride for the country’s achievements in the last five years under his administration. “I join all Filipinos as we bid farewell to a historic 2015 and expectantly look forward to a peaceful, prosperous 2016. Our country’s soaring economy, robust democracy, and magnified presence on the global stage not only promise a great start to the coming year but also highlight the Philippines’ ongoing narrative of resurgence under the Daang Matuwid,” Aquino said. “Just a little more than five years ago, we faced a future full of despair and uncertainty; reports of …

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