• 26 May 2015
MANILA, May 26 -- With families and students buckling up for the coming school year, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) announced the release of P1.13 billion to the Department of Education (DepEd) for the repair and rehabilitation of 5,055 classrooms damaged by typhoons Glenda and Yolanda and the Zamboanga siege. Charged under Continuing Appropriations from the FY 2014 DepEd Budget, the latest release is part of the P2.85-billion appropriation for the repair, rehabilitation, and renovation of kindergarten, elementary, and secondary school buildings as well as repair of water and sanitation facilities. The P2.85 appropriation is part of the DepEd’s built-in allocation for the Provision and Maintenance of Basic Education Facilities (BEF), which amounts to P44.6 billion. “The government continues to work at restoring normalcy in areas affected by various crises in previous years. Rehabilitating schools damaged by these disasters is especially important, given that school buildings also double as temporary shelters when disaster strikes,” Budget and Management Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said. “The good news is that the Aquino administration has committe ...Read more

President Aquino maintains that PH has freedom of aviation over West Philippine Sea

 CENTRAL  26 May 2015
MANILA -- President Benigno S. Aquino III has maintained that the country has freedom of aviation over the disputed areas in the West Philippine Sea, despite last Wednesday’s incident when the Chinese Navy repeatedly warned a US surveillance plane as it flew over the contested waters. “We will ...Read more

PH, Japan inks grant for community development in Mindanao  

 CENTRAL  26 May 2015
MANILA – The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) led the Philippine government in signing the grant agreement for community development in conflict-affected areas in Mindanao. Economic Planning Secretary Arsenio M. Balisacan and Noriaki Niwa, Chief Representative of the Japan Inter ...Read more