Thank you for having invited me to this gathering and please allow me to take this opportunity to congratulate all those involved in staging this 5th installment of the National Young Hoteliers and Restaurateurs Power Conference, wherein you have assigned to me the daunting task of speaking about “Filipino Hospitality Beyond Borders”.
And what a formidable task it really is! After some research and reflection on today’s theme, I want to share with you my thoughts on this subject as your elected legislator and as an economist. And considering the issues that we shall talk about in this forum, we realize how important this kind of event is not only to the participants and to the industry and its stakeholders, but to our entire nation as well! Because no other segment of our society is able to better appreciate and relate to the current issues confronting our beloved hotel and restaurant industry than our youth, especially our students who are toiling hard to be part of it in their future careers, as well as the budding entrepreneurs and employees in this very important hospitality industry.
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said that immediately after receiving the Notice of Disallowance from the Commission on Audit (COA) on 18 August 2014, he directed his office to inquire from the office of the municipal Mayor of General Nakar, Quezon province why the release of the funds intended to assist a livelihood project was disallowed by COA.
Marcos was surprised when the COA included him in the said Notice of Disallowance, saying that as far as he is concerned, he approved the request of the Mayor of General Nakar to fund livelihood projects meant for poor farmers. Instead, the transaction amounting to PhP 10 million from his Priority Development Assistance Fund or PDAF released by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to the Municipality of General Nakar was disallowed as this was purportedly undertaken without observing procurement and auditing rules and regulations.
On 19 August 2014, Senator Marcos wrote to the Mayor of General Nakar to inquire about the propriety or impropriety of the implementation of the said livelihood project.
The decision to fund the projects came when the Senator received a request for financial assistance from the Municipality sometime in 2011. The request to fund such projects is included in the menu of projects allowed to be funded under the PDAF pursuant to the 2012 General Appropriations Act or GAA. Read More…
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SENATOR Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has vowed not to waste time, once the draft Bangsamoro basic Law (BBL) reached the Senate, to fast-track its approval.
Marcos, chair of the Senate committee on local government, assured he would commence hearings as soon as the Senate receives the document.
“The minute it is passed to us, we will immediately meet and put out for ourselves a schedule so that we don’t waste any time. I think in the Senate, kasi iilan lang kami, we can always figure out an accelerated hearing schedule,” he said.
Apo Senator Aquilino Pimentel, the father of the Local Government Code, Governor Alfonso Umali, the National President of the League of Provinces of the Philippines; Mayor Herbert Bautista, the National President of the League of Cities; Mayor Sandy Javier, the National President of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines; Congressman Pedro Acharon, Jr, my counterpart as Chairman of the Committee on Local Government in the lower house; DILG undersecretary Austere Panadero, distinguished guests and speakers, friends, ladies and gentlemen, good morning.
Today’s launching of the review of the Local Government Code is a remarkable step towards a more comprehensive and holistic approach of amending certain provisions of the local government code. For this effort, I commend the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) thru the Coordinating Committee on Decentralization and the Asian Development Bank. I would also like to thank all of you who have taken time to participate in this all-important event. Your attendance clearly demonstrates an important and continuing commitment on your part to be with us in the entire legislative process of finally bringing into fruition the necessary amendments to the code.
Stressing that the most important thing is to ensure the safety and welfare of ordinary passengers and commuters, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. today called on his colleagues to review, update or repeal certain transportation laws and merge them into a Code of Transportation and Commuter Safety.
In an interview, Sen. Bongbong says that current laws relating to transportation are mostly regulations meant for land, air and sea transport sectors and very few tackle measures meant to strengthen safety and welfare of commuters and passengers.
Provisions for the safety of commuters are expressed in Articles 1755 to 1763 of the New Civil Code of the Philippines. However, these provisions are not enough to really safeguard commuters especially when they are using public transportation.