Overseas Filipinos, Government Ethics | 07/25/2010 1:19 AM
Audit the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration to rationalize the management of its funds, in terms of the benefits provided as well as how the funds are invested.
July 13, 2013: The Overseas Workers’ Welfare Administration (OWWA) faced a Senate probe over funds stemming from the recent sex scandal involving alleged labor attaches and embassy officials, reported the Tribune. Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. filed a resolution to effect an investigation into the state of OWWA’s emergency repatriation fund which was initially funded in the national budget with P100 million.
December 7, 2012: National Budget Circular 542, issued by the Department of Budget and Management on August 29, 2012, reiterated compliance with Section 93 of the General Appropriations Act of FY2012. Section 93 is the Transparency Seal Provision. (Continue reading)
January 11, 2012: Former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo faces another looming legal battle after the Department of Justice (DOJ) recommended the filing of technical malversation charges against her for alleged misuse of over P546 million in Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) funds during her term. (Continue Reading)
November 25, 2011: The Commission on Audit has questioned the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration over P21 million worth of missing funds they collected from OFWs. (Continue Reading)
July 26, 2011: "We set aside P50 million from the 2012 budget of the DOLE for the reintegration of OFWs through livelihood programs (Pagnenegosyo) and local wage employment (Panghanapbuhay). To provide returning OFWs with a sustainable business, we launched, in partnership with the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) a P2-billion Reintegration Program that will be implemented by the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA)." (Continue Reading)
April 27, 2011: Newly-installed Commission on Audit Chairperson Ma. Gracia Pulido-Tan is looking at the possibility of conducting a new audit on the P530 million Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) funds allegedly diverted for the funding of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s 2004 campaign. (Continue Reading)
March 21, 2011: Budget and Management Secretary Florencio Abad said the Philippine government has sufficient funds to address the crisis situations that are currently affecting Filipinos in various countries throughout the world. (Continue Reading)
March 11, 2011: The Department of Budget and Management issued a total of P13 billion in stand-by funds to the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration for the repatriation of overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in troubled Middle Eastern countries, Malacanang said. (Continue reading)
March 2, 2011: Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad reassured the public that there are sufficient funds to support the repatriation of distressed overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) caught in conflict in Libya and other countries. (Continue Reading)
Overseas Filipinos, Government Ethics | 07/25/2010 1:22 AM
Pursue and prosecute those engaging in illegal and predatory activities, including fixers, scammers and especially traffickers that target women and children. We will fully implement the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003.
June 27, 2012: The monitoring system put in place by the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) has resulted in the speedy resolution of human trafficking cases, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said in Rome. (Continue Reading)
June 24, 2012: In a statement, Immigration Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. said the BI will continue cooperating with officials of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) in probing the immigration officers allegedly responsible for allowing the OFWs to go to Syria. (Continue Reading)
June 24, 2012: Intensifying its anti-trafficking operations, some 106 persons were rescued from being smuggled overseas by members of the Inter-Agency Council Against Trafficking (IACAT) in three separate sting operations this month, Vice President Jejomar C. Binay said in Dubai. (Continue Reading)
June 18, 2012: Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz has instructed the POEA to strictly clamp down on illegal recruitment not only for Syria, but also for other countries, and to work closely with the Inter-Agency Committee on Anti-Human Trafficking (IACAT) headed by the Department of Justice, and other appropriate government agencies, such as the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Immigration and Deportation, and local government units in the monitoring of human trafficking activities and in the apprehension and prosecution of human traffickers. (Continue Reading)
June 16, 2012: Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday warned anew Filipino workers wanting to go to Syria to work not to continue with their plans and to stay away from recruiters assuring them of stable jobs in the civil strife-torn country. (Continue Reading)
March 15, 2012: Thirty one out of the 37 Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) from Syria who arrived with Vice President Jejomar C. Binay were victims of human trafficking. (Continue Reading)
November 20, 2011: A top Bureau of Immigration (BI) official said it will continue to offload suspected victims of illegal recruitment and human trafficking so long as there are Filipinos who are subjected to involuntary servitude and abusive working conditions abroad. (Continue Reading)
June 29, 2011: In working towards the neutralization of Human Trafficking Activities, the DOLE is also pursuing efforts to provide legal and other appropriate assistance to victims while working to prevent the occurrence of human trafficking activities by fully implementing the country’s Anti-Trafficking in Persons’ Act of 2003. The DOLE, POEA, and OWWA, in coordination with our Philippine Labor Attaches, are assisting victims to bring the prosecution of the criminal cases to a successful conviction of the perpetrators. (Continue Reading)
May 5, 2011: Runaway overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in Kuwait now living at a halfway home have accused a Philippine assistant labor attaché in Kuwait of engaging in human trafficking. (Continue reading)
April 19, 2011: Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Ricardo David Jr. welcomed a recently released US State Department report that the Philippines has made significant progress in combating human trafficking even as he pledged the BI’s continued vigilance in stopping human trafficking victims from leaving or entering the country. (Continue Reading)
January 13, 2011: The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday strongly reiterated that restrictions against the processing and deployment of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) in certain areas of the globe remain in force in order to ensure their welfare and protection. (Continue Reading)
December 30, 2010: The Philippine Embassy in Kuala Lumpur informed Filipino nationals that a letter/affidavit of invitation/support authenticated by the Embassy does not guarantee clearance for departure to Malaysia by Philippine immigration officers. Such measures are in compliance with Republic Act (RA) 9208, or the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003. (Continue Reading)
November 9, 2010: The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) belied a published report saying that DOLE officials have not been acting on the request for assistance of 11 displaced overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) who are suspected to have been victims of human trafficking in the United States. (Continue Reading)
November 4, 2010: Department of Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz reported that the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia had rescued on 31 October five female Filipino workers believed to have been trafficked by an alleged notorious trafficker, a certain Alfred Lim. (Continue Reading)
Overseas Filipinos, Government Ethics | 07/25/2010 1:25 AM
Involve civil society and migrants themselves in developing, implementing and reviewing policies and programs related to the migrant sector.
Support the creation or strengthening of community-based support groups for families of OFWs.
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abs-cbnNEWS.com | 07/25/2010 1:30 AM
Benigno 'Noynoy' Aquino III has vowed to complete the distribution of over a million hectares of private lands during the five-year extension period of the agrarian reform law.
The Aquino campaign platform: Action plans on Hacienda Luisita
June 20, 2012: Farmers from Hacienda Luisita vowed to defend the Supreme Court (SC) decision on distribution of the Cojuangco-owned sugar estate in the wake of the removal from office of Chief Justice Renato Corona who voted in favor of land distribution. (Continue Reading)
June 14, 2012: Malacañang said President Aquino reiterated his commitment to agrarian reform when he met with farmer groups led by Task Force Mapalad in Malacañang on Thursday. (Continue Reading)
June 7, 2012: The Department of Agrarian Reform was ready to set into motion the distribution of Hacienda Luisita to farmworker-beneficiaries. (Continue Reading)
June 5, 2012: Agrarian reform under the Aquino administration is proceeding apace despite the huge challenges facing the program. During President Benigno S. Aquino III’s first two years, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) managed to acquire and distribute 219,069 hectares of land throughout the country, said Secretary of Agrarian Reform Virgilio de los Reyes. (Continue Reading)
June 5, 2012: Members of President Aquino's Cabinet was to meet with leaders and representatives belonging to the farmers' group Task Force Mapalad, which is marching to the Palace to seek a dialogue with the President and ask for a completion of land distribution under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program. (Continue Reading)
May 3, 2012: The Supreme Court has released its much awaited “final and executory” ruling on the distribution of the 4,916-hectare Hacienda Luisita to over 6,000 farmer-beneficiaries. (Continue Reading)
April 30, 2012: To enable farmers of Hacienda Luisita go through the waiting period for their land shares, the Department of Social Welfare and Development said that it will intensify its implementation of various support services in the sugarcane plantation. (Continue Reading)
April 30, 2012: For the first time, President Aquino made a comment on the Supreme Court decision on Hacienda Luisita. He said the government is prepared to execute the decision to distribute land to the farmers. (Continue Reading)
April 28, 2012: An official of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said they are looking into the remaining 1,527 hectares of land in Hacienda Luisita, the vast agricultural estate of the Cojuangco family in Tarlac, which may still be covered by the agrarian reform program. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2012: Here's a timeline on the decades-long struggle for agrarian reform by farmworkers in the Cojuangco family-owned Hacienda Luisita, the largest private agricultural estate in the Philippines. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2012: A spokesman of Hacienda Luisita Inc. (HLI) said the company will abide by the Supreme Court's decision to compensate the landowners of Hacienda Luisita based on the 1989 valuation instead of 2006 rates. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2012: The Supreme Court (SC) has affirmed its Nov. 22 ruling awarding Cojuangco-owned Hacienda Luisita to the sugar estate’s original 6,296 farm worker beneficiaries --the number of farm hands at the time of the approval of Luisita’s stock distribution plan (SDP) in 1989 -- or their legitimate successors. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2012: Farmworker-beneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita are expected to receive their land within 1 year, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) said on Tuesday. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2012: The Supreme Court voted 8-6 upholding its earlier decision to compensate the landowners of Hacienda Luisita based on the 1989 valuation instead of 2006 rates. (Continue Reading)
April 24, 2012: How much should government pay the Cojuangco family for Hacienda Luisita? According to Supreme Court spokesman Jose Midas Marquez, this is the last contentious issue on the hacienda to be tackled by the Supreme Court in its en banc session today. (Continue Reading)
April 18, 2012: Owners of Hacienda Luisita should be paid at least P1 million per hectare or approximately P5 billion by the government as just compensation for distributing the sugar plantation to farmer-beneficiaries, a lawyer of the estate said. (Continue Reading)
November 28, 2011: The Supreme Court has decided in farmers’ favor on the long-standing dispute over the 4,915.75-hectare Hacienda Luisita in Tarlac when it ordered that said estate owned by the family of President Benigno S. Aquino III be distributed to them. (Continue Reading)
November 28, 2011: Farmworker-beneficiaries in Hacienda Luisita could farm collectively and still get their respective individual title, said Secretary of Agrarian Reform Gil de los Reyes. (Continue Reading)
Government Ethics | 07/27/2010 6:43 PM
Aquino, prior to his inauguration on June 30, said he will form a “Truth Commission” to investigate the alleged crimes of outgoing leader Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and her allies.
He said the commission would look into a wide range of controversies surrounding Arroyo's nine-and-a-half years in power, including allegations she cheated to win the 2004 presidential election.
The truth commission will be headed by former Supreme Court chief justice Hilario Davide Jr.
"This truth commission is the body that I promised the people I would set up to put a closure to so many issues," Aquino told reporters a day ahead of his inauguration.
“They will, as necessary, prepare and prosecute cases to make sure those who committed crimes against the people will be made to pay,” Aquino said.
Aquino to create ‘truth commission’
Aquino forms Truth Commission (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
On July 30, 2010, President Aquino signed Executive Order 1, creating the "truth commission" that will investigate alleged anomalies during the 9-year term of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
Truth Commission to cover Aquino’s SONA exposes (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
A 5-man Truth Commission will most likely handle the exposés made by President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III during Monday’s State of the Nation Address (SONA).
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Aquino has “prima facie evidence” for revealing the alleged faults of the previous administration.
Palace working on shape of Truth Commission (news.ops.gov.ph)
Malacanang is now drawing up the mandate and parameters of authority of the Truth Commission that will be set up to look into allegations of corruption and abuse of power during the Arroyo administration.
In a press briefing today (July 1, 2010), Presidential Spokesperson Atty. Edwin Lacierda assured that the commission will not engage in any “witch hunting” activity, saying President Benigno Aquino III has ensured this by appointing “a person with integrity and with impartiality” to lead the agency.
Government Ethics | 07/29/2010 4:56 PM
In his State of the Nation Address, President Aquino proposed a fiscal responsiblity bill, which, he said, would disallow bills without identified funding sources.
"Isinusulong po natin ang Fiscal Responsibility Bill, kung saan hindi tayo magpapasa ng batas na mangangailangan ng pondo kung hindi pa natukoy ang panggagalingan nito. May 104.1 billion pesos tayong kailangan para pondohan ang mga batas na naipasa na, ngunit hindi maipatupad.
"Kailangan din nating isaayos ang mga insentibong piskal na ibinigay noong nakaraan. Ngayong naghihigpit tayo ng sinturon, kailangang balikan kung alin sa mga ito ang dapat manatili at kung ano ang dapat nang itigil."
Promise 5: Zero-based budgeting system
Promise 7: Streamlining of the government bureaucracy
Promise 8: Systematic evaluation of government agencies and civil servants
Promise 98: Amend the Procurement law
March 25, 2013: With much fanfare, the Aquino administration has implemented certain measures along the suggested actions mentioned in a World Bank report. Some of them, such as those aimed at fixing the fiscal weakness and governance, have started to make investors take the Philippines seriously. (Continue reading)
December 9, 2011: Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said the department subscribes to the position that any revenue loss measure enacted in Congress should at least be compensated by a corresponding revenue gain. “As fiscal managers, it is our duty to protect the country’s revenue base. Fiscal responsibility should be recognized in all discussions. Expanding our revenue base will enable government to support key social and economic services that will further improve our country’s competitiveness,” Purisima said. (Continue reading)
July 26, 2011: "Our fiscal consolidation efforts must not go astray. With this, I ask Congress to help us sustain our fiscal consolidation agenda by enacting a Fiscal Responsibility Bill; and pending that, to refrain from enacting revenue-eroding measures or expenditure-generating laws that are not supported by additional revenus." (Continue Reading)
February 27, 2011: Malacanang said it will be pushing for 23 bills in the meeting of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC). (Continue Reading)
February 7, 2011: The 5 remaining bills at the drafting stage include the Fiscal Responsibility Bill, Water Sector Reform Bill, reorganization of the National Food Authority, amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Act and amendments to the Electric Power Industry Reform Act. (Continue Reading)
September 12, 2010: Congress cannot pass new appropriation measures or so-called revenue-eroding legislation without identifying first the source of funding if Senator Franklin Drilon's Fiscal Responsibility Measure is passed into law. (Continue Reading)
July 26, 2010: "We will push for the Fiscal Responsibility Bill, which will limit spending bills only for appropriations that have identified a source of funding. We need 104.1 billion pesos to fund those laws already passed but whose implementation remains pending because of lack of funds." (Continue Reading)
Government Ethics | 07/29/2010 5:00 PM
Aquino, in his State of the Nation Address on July 26, asked Congress to amend the Procurement law (Republic Act No. 9184), in order to avoid "another NBN-ZTE" scandal.
"Huwag po tayong pumayag na magkaroon ng isa pang NBN-ZTE. Sa lokal man o dayuhan manggagaling ang pondo, dapat dumaan ito sa tamang proseso. Hinihingi ko po ang tulong ninyo upang amiyendahan ang ating Procurement Law."
Promise 5: Zero-based budgeting system
Promise 7: Streamlining of the government bureaucracy
Promise 8: Systematic evaluation of government agencies and civil servants
Promise 97: Push for a Fiscal Responsibility Bill in Congress
April 8, 2012: Rep. Joseph Victor Ejercito in April 2012 proposed House Bill No. 2872, an act amending Republic Act 9184, otherwise known as the Government Procurement Reform Act, withdrawing from its application all references to the local government units. (Continue Reading)
May 9, 2011: In May 2011, Aquino signed Memorandum Order No. 15, amending No. 4.5 of Annex “D”, contract implementation guidelines for the procurement of goods, supplies and materials, of the implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act No. 9184, authorizing advance payment upon submission of an irrevocable letter of credit or bank guarantee. (Continue Reading)
February 27, 2011: Malacanang said it will be pushing for 23 bills in the meeting of the Legislative-Executive Development Advisory Council (LEDAC). These are new bills or amendments to: The Philippine Fair Competition Act, Witness Protection Program Act, Whistleblowers’ Act, National Defense of the Philippines Act, Land Administration Act, and the Government Procurement Act. (Continue Reading)
Government Ethics | 07/19/2012 11:57 PM
Aquino, in his speech at the MDRP 2 People’s Organizations Congress in May 2012, said the administration will implement “geo-tagging” – a means to identify overlapping road projects that will help eliminate unjustified usage of government funds on road works and repairing of water facilities.
“Gamit ang ‘geo-tagging’ nababantayan at nasusuri ninyo ang pagsasakatuparan ng ating pong mga proyekto. Matutukoy dito ang mga overlapping road projects, at kung may hokus-pokus na nangyayari. Alam po n’yo, ang mga kalsadang sampung beses na ginawa, na wala pang nakakaraan, hindi na ho puwede ‘yan.”
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Government Ethics | 07/20/2012 1:19 AM
Aquino said in his speech at the 20th anniversary of the Anvil Business Club in March that a task force is in place to “propose, among others, a results-based performance management system, which will be used to determine incentives for government workers based on their individual collective performance.”
December 14, 2012: The Official Gazette publishes frequently asked questions (FAQS) for those wanting to learn more about the program via: http://www.gov.ph/pbb/faqs/
“Performance-based Incentive System was introduced in 2012, per EO number 801 (Source: www.gov.ph )
Government Ethics | 07/11/2013 12:43 AM
President Noynoy Aquino, in his speech at the Forum on the Implementation of the APEC Anti-Corruption Code of Conduct for Business cited that they have working for business to start up using streamlining process.
"We have also been working to make it easier for businesses to start up by streamlining processes. Seven hundred forty-eight of our local government units have adopted our Business Permits and Licensing System, which simplifies the processes and reduces opportunities for corruption. "