The Daily Roundup: 25 February 2011

Bongbong marks EDSA anniversary, hopes for progress for country” by Christina Mendez

Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. marked the 25th anniversary of the EDSA People Power revolution – which started Wednesday – with a fervent hope that the country will attain real progress “in the quickest possible time.”

“I celebrate with every Filipino that is not stuck in the blame game, a situation that sets us up for certain failures as we have seen it happen in the past. Blaming gives one an excuse to fail,” Marcos said.

“I celebrate with all Filipinos willing to look forward, work and unite to earnestly bring progress to our country in the quickest possible time. If we say we can’t, then we can’t. I say: Kaya!” said Marcos in his official website and Facebook account.

Read more at Philippine Star

Freedom from want is EDSA soul: Aquino” by Jocelyn Montemayor

DEMOCRACY from corruption and freedom from poverty.

This, according to President Aquino, is the meaning of people power. “Ito ang pamana ng EDSA,” he said in his message after the Thanksgiving Mass celebrated at the Our Lady of Peace Shrine along EDSA yesterday.

Aquino enjoined everybody to relive the spirit of EDSA and the unity and cooperation that was shown 25 years ago.

He reiterated his administration’s commitment to work hard at fulfilling his promise of bringing progress to the country and led the prayer for life and the unborn.

Read more at Malaya

Government to brief donors on priorities

PRIORITY PROGRAMS aiming to boost business confidence, promote government transparency and generate “inclusive growth” will be presented to donors tomorrow, officials said yesterday.

With the theme, “Implementing President Aquino’s Social Contract to Achieve Inclusive Growth,” the 8th Philippines Development Forum (PDF), the first under the Aquino administration, seeks to facilitate a dialogue between the government and donors on the country’s development agenda, according to a statement by the World Bank and the Finance department, the forum’s organizers.

“The PDF gives the government a good opportunity to present our priorities, so support from development partners can be aligned to these. This way, we can work in a more coordinated and targeted manner to provide greater prosperity to our people,” Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima was quoted as saying in the statement.

Read more at Business World

Mayors want say on projects” by Ana Mae G. Roa

MAYORS OF poor municipalities have recommended to the administration the adoption of a bottoms-up approach in poverty-reduction projects, according to a resolution submitted yesterday to Malacañang.

The mayors who attended the Kapit Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS) Mayors’ Forum on Integrating CDD (community-driven development) in Local Governance Practice, called on the national government to use CDD in implementing anti-poverty programs.

“They are suggesting making CDD as a strategy of the national government in all, if not, most of the projects,” Social Welfare Secretary Corazon J. Soliman said in an interview after the forum held at the Palace.

Read more at Business World

Firms’ optimism slips in Q1

OPTIMISM among businesses in the country slipped this quarter, weighed partly by concerns over rising prices of oil and other commodities, results of the latest Business Expectations Survey which the central bank released yesterday showed.

Still, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) noted that the overall confidence index — computed as the percentage of respondents who answered in the affirmative less the percentage of those who answered in the negative with respect to their views on specific indicators — remained “strong” at 47.5% this quarter.

Specifically, the first quarter 2011 index slid from 50.6% in the fourth quarter last year, but was still better than the 39.1% recorded in Jan.-March 2010, the BSP data showed.

Read more at Business World

Albert del Rosario sworn in as acting foreign affairs secretary” by Christine Avendaño

Former Ambassador to Washington Albert del Rosario was sworn into office Thursday as the acting Foreign Affairs Secretary.

Del Rosario took his oath before President Aquino in the Palace shortly after both of them appeared at a news conference where the Chief Executive spoke about his government’s preparations for the voluntary evacuations of Filipinos in now strife-torn Libya.

Mr. Aquino told reporters said he needed Del Rosario in the current crisis facing Filipinos based in Libya as well as other countries in the Middle East.

Read more at Philippine Daily Inquirer

Bilateral cooperation pact tops new EU envoy’s priorities” by Jessica Anne D. Hermosa

THE EUROPEAN UNION (EU) is keen on preparing for the implementation of soon to be signed cooperation deal with the Philippines through the forging of a free trade deal and the streamlining of customs procedures, its new ambassador yesterday said.

Guy Ledoux, who presented his credentials to Malacañang on Monday, said he will also retain as priorities the EU delegation’s advocacies of helping peace efforts in Mindanao and development projects across the country.

“The EU-Philippines Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) will be signed soon,” Mr. Ledoux said without elaborating in a press briefing, referring to the broad framework pact whose negotiations were concluded last year.

Read more at Business World

Ayala Alabang requires prescription for condom” by Jojo Malig

Barangay Ayala Alabang in Muntinlupa City is now requiring people who buy condoms to present a doctor’s prescription.

In a barangay ordinance last January 3, village officials said condoms and other contraceptives cause abortions.

The ordinance also bars teachers, reproductive health advocates, and social workers from holding sex education activities in the barangay without prior consultation with parents of students.

Read more at ABS-CBN News










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