Let me begin by thanking the Office of the Vice-President for Public Affairs for having invited me to this forum. This is truly a big boost in my mission as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government to broaden the audience and knowledge base of the discussions about the 2014 Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro, as well as the draft of the Bangsamoro Basic Law, which had already been filed in Congress. This is not only to elicit as much as possible all the relevant and noteworthy opinions and views of our Muslim brothers and sisters, who are to form part of the Bangsamoro, and all our other concerned countrymen in Mindanao, but also to educate the Filipino people, on this very important component of our continual quest for peace and unity in our country.
In fact, to show my genuine interest in this proposal, I have deemed it wise to “uproot” our usual conduct of official business in Metro Manila, and bring the Senate hearings close to the hearts and the homes of our Muslim brothers and sisters. So far, we have held hearings in Cotabato City, Marawi City, and in the Municipality of Bonggao, Tawi-Tawi, and further hearings in Jolo, Sulu and Zamboanga City are in the offing.
This is consistent with the Senate’s resolution of support for the implementation of the 2012 Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro, in which we recognized that “partnership and mutual recognition among our peoples are crucial in the process of nation-building”. Indeed, Congress, particularly your Senate, is as much a part of this “partnership”, to assist in making this seemingly elusive quest for permanent peace and stability in Muslim Mindanao finally a reality, through the exercise of its constitutional duties. Read More…
Kung ang mga trabahador ay hikahos sa buhay kahit na may araw-araw silang suweldo, paano pa kaya ang mga retirado nang obrero? Kahit na nga ang mga miyembro ng Social Security System ay may tinatanggap na pensyon, gaano na lang ‘yun? Sa taas ng mga bilihin ngayon, walang pupuntahan ang kakarampot na pensiyon.
Kung tutuusin, kontribusyon ng mga miyembro ang sumasampang pera sa SSS, at siyempre, may kontribusyon din ang mga may-ari ng pagawaan at mga kumpanya.
Gayunman, ang SSS ay itinatatag hindi para sa mga employer kundi para sa mga nagtatrabaho. Para ‘pag sumapit na sila sa edad na puwede nang magretiro, mapapakinabangan nila ang kanilang ihinulog sa SSS sa kanilang pagtanda. Read More…
4:22 to 6:09
At 7:27 p.m., the session was resumed.
The President. The session is resumed.
Senator Escudero. Mr. President, may I ask that we recognize Senator Marcos for his interventions.
The President. Senator Marcos is recognized in the period of interpellations.
Senator Marcos. Thank you, Mr. President. Your Honors, good evening. I just would like to go through some of the information that we have getting from the budget proposal of DILG. I am looking, at the Statement of Allotment Obligations and Balances as of June 30, 2014 of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and I notice that the obligations incurred are still at a fairly low number, especially,–well, the PS is at 52.5% which would make sense but the MOOE is at 35.9%, this is as of June, and the Capital Outlay is at 35% which brings the total for obligations incurred to 37.8% which seems rather low. Would there be a particular reason why this number is not as close to one-half as the Personal Services obligations incurred.
Senator Escudero. Mr. President, according to the DILG, their utilization rate as of today is at 52%; their projected utilization rate by the end of December will be at 75%.
Senator Marcos. This is the average for the Personal Services, MOOE and the Capital Outlay.
Senator Escudero. That is correct, Mr. President. Read More…
The University of the Philippines and the Senate Committee on Local Government, in partnership with The Foreign Service Institute of the Department of Foreign Affairs, the Third World Studies Center, Asian Center of the University of the Philippines Diliman and the UP Alumni Association present “Piecing a Consensus for Peace: Comparative perspectives on the proposed Bangsamoro Basic Law.”