By Joyce Pangco Panares, Francisco Tuyay and Macon Ramos-Araneta | Manila Standard
THE government’s master plan for rebuilding disaster-hit areas in Eastern Visayas is “woefully out of date” and its needs assessment report has not even been released nine months after super typhoon ravaged the country, a consortium of international aid groups said Tuesday.
Worse, more than 7,000 survivors of Yolanda were again hit by typhoon Glenda two weeks ago the consortium, called Scaling Up Resilience and Governance or Surge, said.
“These communities are being exposed to tremendous risk and uncertainty. They urgently need to know when permanent relocation will move forward, what other settlement options they have, and what the implications will be for their livelihoods,” the group said in a statement.
Sen. Marcos: Talagang marami pa tayong kailangang matapos bago mapag-usapan ang halalan ng 2016. At kakaunti nalang ang panahon na naiiwan sa atin hanggang sa 2016 para tapusin nga itong mga ibang kailangang gawin na para mabigyan ng konting solusyon ang mga malalaking problema ng bansa. That is why I think the Filipino people, for the SONA, are hoping that the SONA will be a look forward rather than to the past. I think that the Senate President has echoed that sentiment.
Interviewer: Are you hoping na ang pangulo ay wag na hong maging confrontational sa senate dun sa kaniyang SONA? Ano po yung gusto niyong marinig nalang sa kaniya sa SONA?
Sen. Marcos: Kung ano ang ating gagawin sa susunod na isang taon at kulang-kulang dalawang taon bago sa pagpalit, pagkatapos ng termino ng ating mga opisyal. We hope that he can provide direction for the future. And there have been many events in the past year that we need to examine and that we can learn lessons from. But having learned those lessons, it’s time to look forward and to path away forward— para naman mas gumanda ang kalagayan ng ating mga kababayan.
This was how Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. described the Philippine Arena, the centerpiece of the 50-hectare Ciudad de Victoria (City of Victory) eco-tourism complex of the Iglesia Ni Cristo in Bocaue, Bulacan, which was inaugurated last Monday (July 21).
“It is going to become an iconic symbol, I think, not only of the Iglesia Ni Cristo but the entire Philippines. We would be recognized for this amazing structure that the Iglesia has built,” Sen. Bongbong said in an interview. He attended the inauguration upon the invitation of the INC.
He added: “It’s terribly impressive. I’ve only seen it from the air when we fly past…you can’t miss it. But it’s the first time I’ve come inside and seen it up close and it’s even bigger (than I thought it would be).”
Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos, Jr. has called on the Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) to promote the social justice principle of cooperatives.
Sen. Bongbong, vice chairman of the Senate Committee on Cooperatives, made the remark in a speech he delivered during the cooperative forum of the Philippine Institute of Certified Public Accountants (PICPA) with the theme: “Energizing the Cooperative Sector: Opportunities and Challenges” held on July 18 at the Hotel Intercontinental Manila, Makati City.
Sen. Bongbong said that social justice, which is the end-all and be-all of all underlying principles of cooperatives, is mandated no less by the Constitution. The other principles of cooperatives, which set them apart from other business organizations are self-reliance and self-help, openness, voluntarism and personal and democratic control, and concern for the community or social responsibility. The Senator said the social justice aspect of the government recognition of cooperatives lies in this single most important legal consequence under the law, which is the grant of tax incentives and other favorable terms and conditions.
“I submit that this is the one area where our Filipino CPAs can make use of and apply their skill and expertise to help give full effect and realization to the intention of the law and of our Constitution and in response to the desperate yearning of our fellow citizens who are actively engaged in the cooperative sector,” he said.