• 07 May 2015
MANILA,  May 7 --  The  Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has released P1.2 billion to the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to aid various communities that were hit by Typhoon ‘Ruby’ last year. The P1.2-billion release—which will be used for post-Ruby rehabilitation in Regions IV-B, VI, and VIII—was charged against the P14-billion National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund (NDRMMF) in the FY 2015 General Appropriations Act (GAA). The release will support various Cash-for-Work activities that will benefit 146,961 typhoon-affected families, as well as the Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) program, which will help 12,034 families whose houses were totally damaged. Another 68,988 families in Ruby-stricken areas whose houses were partially damaged will also receive aid through the ESA program. The Cash-for-Work program is a short-term government intervention that provides temporary employment for distressed or displaced individuals. On the other hand, the ESA program offers materials or financial assistance to augment the resources of affected families in rebuilding their houses damaged by natural or man-made disasters. “In previous ...Read more

APEC research conference slated for May 12-13 in Boracay

 CENTRAL  07 May 2015
MANILA, May 7 --  Researchers from across the Asia-Pacific region will share their analyses and insights on Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) issues at the 2015 APEC Study Centers Consortium Conference on 12-13 May in Boracay Island, Philippines. The conference is part of the Second Senior ...Read more

DA intensifies drought mitigation efforts

 CENTRAL  07 May 2015
QUEZON CITY, May 7 --  The Department of Agriculture has intensified its interventions to mitigate the effects of the El Niño phenomenon in the country, basing on the assessment of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and field monitoring reports ...Read more