10 July 2016

Andanar: ‘Next week is a historic week’
Presidential Communications Office (PCO) Secretary Martin Andanar said the United Nations (UN) Arbitration Court decision on the West Philippine Sea will be released in the afternoon of Tuesday, July 12.

In an interview over Radyo ng Bayan on Sunday, he said: “Let us wait for the decision and the Solicitor General will study this, then that’s the time we shall explore our next move.”

Andanar also said President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s executive order (EO) on Freedom of Information is also expected this coming week.

“At hindi lang po yan, meron pa pong mga ibang mga announcements na dapat po nating abangan next week tulad po ng pagpirma ng ating Pangulo ng Freedom of Information executive order at yung mga ibang announcement pa po ng iba’t ibang departamento sa Executive branch (it’s not only that, there are also other announcements that we can look forward to like the President’s signing of the EO on Freedom of Information and other announcements from various departments in the Executive branch,” he said.

Regarding the historic meeting of the President with Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader Nur Misuari in Jolo, Andanar indicated that the President has yet to set an exact date for the talks.

But he assured the public that it would indeed take place, just as the talks with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the National Democratic Front (NDF) will also happen.

On the issue of DU30 vehicle plates, Andanar said “the President has always been for equality, fairness and justice. If you know of any of these violators, please inform the PCO and I will make sure that the President will find out.”

PRRD has repeatedly said that equality and fairness will reign in the country during his term in office, assuring Filipinos that he is President for all not just to a few. PND

DSWD extends aid to families affected by Butchoy
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) continues its relief efforts to affected families in Region III and IV-A even as Typhoon “Butchoy” leaves the Philippine area of responsibility.

DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo asked affected citizens to report their situations on the ground and for those who have not yet received assistance to coordinate with the respective DSWD field offices in their areas and indicate exactly what they need.

“Our thrust is to provide timely and responsive assistance to Filipinos during times of calamities. We can do this through coordinated efforts and communication between the Central Office and the DSWD Field Offices, and the DSWD FOs and the citizenry. We have to work together to ensure that the help people need will reach them as soon as possible,” Taguiwalo said.

As of 7 p.m. of 9 July 2016, a total of 73 families in the province of Bataan and Zambales in Region III and Batangas and Rizal in Regin IV-A are in the 11 evacuation centers while 272 families are outside evacuation centers.

In Region III, the DSWD-FO III provided a total of 200 family food packs in Bataan, 100 of these were distributed to displaced families in Hermosa, Bataan and another 100 food packs were prepositioned to the DSWD Provincial Extension Office (DPEO) in the province.

As part of DSWD’s augmentation support, 60,000 family food packs from its National Resource Operations Center (NROC) are now being delivered to DSWD Field Office III to ensure readiness to respond to any request from the affected LGUs.”

Meanwhile, the DSWD Field Office in Region IV-A has prepositioned 1, 000 family food packs in Rizal and 897 food packs in Batangas. They are also constantly coordinating with response agencies and affected local government units (LGUs) for monitoring and appropriate actions.

In Metro Manila, DSWD FO-NCR monitored flooding in the cities of Mandaluyong, Pasay, Manila, Makati and Quezon City but no affected residential areas were reported and no incidence of evacuation happened.

At present, DSWD disaster teams in all regions are still on standby for possible deployment and assistance in disaster operations.