• 26 November 2014
MANILA, Nov 26 -- Given the commitment of the leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate, Malacañang is “reasonably assured” that the 2015 National Budget would be passed on time and would be ready for the President's signature next month, a Palace official said on Tuesday.“Based on our experience in the previous years and given the commitment of the leaders of both Houses, we are reasonably assured that the plenary deliberations will be concluded, so that both Houses are able to come up with their own versions that will later on be reconciled by a bicameral conference committee,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said during a press briefing at the Palace.The proposed General Appropriations Act will then be ratified by both Houses, and submitted for the President’s signature in December, Secretary Coloma told reporters when asked if he foresees any delay in the passing of the budget.Legislators have voiced some reservations on the 2015 National Budget. Senator Miriam Santiago has questioned the legality of the budget, specifically the definition of savings, as well as the existence of the pork barrel.In reaction ...Read more

Palace welcomes poll results indicating rise in optimism among Filipinos

 CENTRAL  26 November 2014
MANILA, Nov 26 -- The Palace on Tuesday welcomed the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey that showed a rise in the people’s net personal optimism.“Ikinagagalak natin ito. We share our people’s high level of optimism that is based on the shared belief that our country is well on the pa ...Read more

President Aquino to meet with coconut farmers regarding coco levy fund

 CENTRAL  26 November 2014
MANILA, Nov 26 -- President Benigno S. Aquino III is scheduled to have a dialogue with coconut farmers on Wednesday to discuss the coco levy fund, a Palace official has said.“Makikipagdayalogo si Pangulong Aquino at ang mga miyembro ng Gabinete sa pangkat ng Kilos Magniniyog sa Malacañang bukas. ...Read more