• 14 October 2015
MANILA, Oct. 14 -- The National Government’s flagship poverty alleviation program, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), will have a budget allocation of P62.7 billion in the proposed 2016 National Budget to broaden its coverage and include high school students to help more indigent families.  Budget Secretary Florencio ‘Butch’ Abad said the 4Ps must not only be sustained, but also widened, given that it is one of the most important and effective programs of the National Government that put resources in the hands of the poor and allow them to manage risks. “Programs that protect the poor cannot be left underfunded. We will be able to further reduce the vulnerability of indigent families if we help them keep their children in school all the way to high school, as well as provide opportunities for employment and livelihood,” Abad said in the wake of the approval of Congress of the 2016 General Appropriations Bill after a marathon deliberation last week.As the lead implementing agency of the 4Ps, the Department of Welfare and Social Development (DSWD) will get the sixth highest fund allocation among the several departments in the 2016 National Expenditure Pr ...Read more

APEC explores adoption of energy mix policy

 CENTRAL  14 October 2015
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu, Oct. 14 -- Member economies of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) are looking into the adoption of a policy on energy mix, Department of Energy (DOE) Undersecretary Loreta Ayson has said. During a press briefing on the margins of the 12th APEC Energy Ministers’ Me ...Read more

Expired medicines discovered in DOH regional office not government-procured

 CENTRAL  14 October 2015
MANILA, Oct. 14 -- The Department of Health (DOH) has clarified that the reported expired medicines discovered at the DOH Regional Office in San Fernando, Pampanga last Saturday are not government-procured. “Nalaman po ng DOH na may iilang non-government organizations (NGOs) na nakatanggap ng m ...Read more