• 27 December 2014
QUEZON CITY, Dec. 27 -- Department of Social Welfare and Development  Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that answers and clarifications to the 21013 audit observations on the  Pantawid Pamilyang Pililpio program have already been submitted to the state auditing firm. Soliman was responding to news articles citing the findings of the 2013 Annual Audit Report of the Commission on Audit (COA) on Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). Sec. Soliman emphasized that the auditors were merely seeking documentation of program implementation and did not indicate any suspicion of misuse or misappropriation of funds. “We are confident that there is nothing to doubt about the Department’s integrity, especially with the funds that COA cites as unliquidated in their 2013 annual audit report. The funds went to the rightful beneficiaries,” Sec. Soliman added.  The news articles reported that out of the P10.626 billion funds transferred by the DSWD to the Land Bank of the Philippines for the payment of Pantawid Pamilya cash grants for 2013, only P10.295 billion was utilized or disbursed as of Dec. 31, 2013, l ...Read more

Automated air monitoring stations in 12 MM  LGUs now operational

 CENTRAL  27 December 2014
QUEZON CITY, Dec. 27 -- At least 12 local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila now have their own fully-automated air quality monitoring stations (AQMS), while the remaining five will have theirs by January or February next year, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources said in a stat ...Read more

South Cotabato rice processing complex saves P88 million in improved milling recovery

 CENTRAL  27 December 2014
SOUTH COTABATO, Dec. 27 -- Jaime Junsay, chairman of Firmus Farm Services Cooperative (FFSC) in Ambalgan, Sto. Nino, South Cotabato is certain that most of the farmers in their community had a better Christmas this year. This is because the 11-month old rice processing complex (RPC) entrusted to the ...Read more