• 27 November 2015
MANILA, Nov. 27 -- President Benigno S. Aquino III has issued an executive order expanding the coverage of the government’s National Greening Program.Under Executive Order (EO) No. 193, the Expanded National Greening Program will cover all the remaining unproductive, denuded and degraded forestlands and its period of implementation is extended from 2016 to 2028.Signed by President Aquino last November 12, the Order encourages all sectors, particularly the private sector, to actively participate in the Expanded National Greening Program.Executive Order 193 also tasked the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to issue appropriate rules and regulations within 60 days from the effectivity of the Order.The EO stated that the funding for the implementation of the Expanded National Greening Program will be charged against the current appropriation of the DENR. Subsequent funding requirements will be incorporated in the annual budget proposal of the DENR through the General Appropriations Act.In 2011, President Aquino issued EO No. 26, declaring the implementation of the National Greening Program as a government priority to reduce poverty, promote food security, enviro ...Read more

Arbitral Tribunal told: China’s claims over West Philippine Sea deprives PH of fishing rights

 CENTRAL  27 November 2015
MANILA, Nov. 27 -- The Philippines discussed its deprivation of fishing and exploration rights during the second day of hearings on its case against China at the Arbitral Tribunal at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, Netherlands."The thrust of the Philippines' arguments today cen ...Read more

6% GDP growth in Q3 due to improved gov’t spending

 CENTRAL  27 November 2015
QUEZON CITY, Nov. 27 -- Improved government spending led to the six (6) percent growth in the country’s real gross domestic product (GDP) in the third quarter of 2015.   “This is in line with President Aquino’s directives to the Executive Branch to improve effectiveness in budget execution t ...Read more