• 07 March 2015
MANILA, March 7 -- Assistance from the President’s Social Fund has already been released to the families of the 44 police commandos who died during a law enforcement operation in Mamasapano, Maguindanao last January, the Palace said. “As far as the assistance from the Presidential Social Fund, all that has been already given to the recipients and to the families. The others, the PNP (Philippine National Police) is already expediting the processing of some of the benefits,” Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Abigail Valte said during a press briefing in Malacañang, Friday. Valte noted that 61 relatives of the slain troopers have been given employment and enlistment assistance while other requests are being processed by the Department of Labor and Employment. Educational assistance, she said, will be provided by the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) and the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) for the legitimate children of the fallen troopers. “Kapag hindi po sila nag-qualify sa NAPOLCOM scholarship or sa CHED assistance, nagbigay po ng instructions ang Pangulo sa Executive Secretary na aralin kung ano pa ang ibang mga pondong puwedeng i-tap para naman po sa kanilang ...Read more

Congress can strengthen Bangsamoro Law -- Deles

 CENTRAL  07 March 2015
MANILA, March 7  -- The Executive Branch fully respects Congress’ powers on deciding the final version of the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL), Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Teresita Quintos Deles said Friday. “As I have always been saying, the fate of the passage of the propos ...Read more

Rapid rise in food prices, Typhoon Yolanda drive up poverty incidence among Filipinos in first half of 2014

 CENTRAL  07 March 2015
MANILA, March 7 -- The rapid rise in food prices, particularly of rice, and the lingering effects of Typhoon Yolanda in the first half of 2014 elevated poverty incidence among Filipino individuals to 25.8 percent and among Filipino families to 20.0 percent during the period, according to the Nationa ...Read more