• 06 May 2015
MANILA, May  6 --  A total of 200,000 elderly indigents aged 65 and above will benefit from the P1.2 billion fund released to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)  charged against the 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA), under the DSWD’s P5.96-billion budget for Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens.  Through the pension fund, the Administration plans to support 939,609 indigent senior citizens this year, the Department of Budget and Management said. Under Section 5 of Republic Act 9994 (or the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010), elderly indigents can receive additional government assistance in the form of the Social Pension for Indigent Senior Citizens, which amounts to a monthly stipend of P500. “We crafted the 2015 budget to prioritize the poor and the vulnerable, including indigent senior citizens. This release will allow us to address the basic needs of our elderly indigents, who do not otherwise have the resources to support themselves,” DBM Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad said.  “As our economy expands, Filipinos young and old should benefit directly from our reforms. This is exactly what inclusive growth is all about,” ...Read more

Palace grateful to  Peace Council for reviewing the Bangsamoro Basic Law

 CENTRAL  06 May 2015
MANILA, May 6 --  Malacañang has expressed its gratitude to the Peace Council for reviewing the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), and has called on lawmakers to give the Council’s report “due attention and consideration,” as they continue their deliberations on the draft law.In a press br ...Read more

Palace hopes public sentiment would sway Congress to pass Bangsamoro Basic Law

 CENTRAL  06 May 2015
MANILA, May 6 --  The government hopes that the public sentiment favoring a peaceful resolution to the conflict in Mindanao would influence Congress to pass the Bangasamoro Basic Law (BBL), a Palace official has said. “The sentiment shared by the respondents in the recent SWS (Social Weather Sta ...Read more