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April 2014

Palace: Government issues advisory concerning new Mideast virus (04.15.14)
Palace welcomes news on possible increase in mango exports to the U.S. (04.15.14)
Palace braces public on power supply yellow alert (04.15.14)
Malacanang advises Filipinos to take extra precaution as they commemorate Lent (04.13.14)
Malacanang urges public: Pay taxes before April 15 deadline (04.13.14)
Government working to ease burden of Metro Rail Transit users, says Palace (04.11.14)
Power restored in 25 remote barangays in Davao Oriental, says Palace (04.11.14)
Government eyes start of mass transport projects within President Aquino’s term (04.11.14)
Palace welcomes US Federal Aviation Authority upgrade Phl air safety measures to category 1 status (04.10.14)
President Aquino remains focused on attaining long-term goals, says official (04.10.14)
Government to look into reports of prostitution in evacuation centers (04.10.14)
Talks on disaster risk reduction cooperation with United States underway, Palace says (04.10.14)
Philippines ready for any backlash from filing of case against China: Palace (04.02.14)
Palace to let rule of law take its course on PDAF case (04.02.14)
Palace: Safety measures in place to protect vital installations from Chinese control (04.01.14)
Defense, security major will be topics during Obama-Aquino meeting, says Palace (04.01.14)
Palace: Government watching oil price movements (04.01.14)
Bangsamoro Basic Law draft still on track: Palace (04.01.14)
No need for UN peacekeepers in West Philippine Sea, Palace says (04.01.14)

March 2014

Government ready to respond to drought, says Palace (03.25.14)
Coloma says he supports COA’s move to go after officials with unliquidated cash advances (03.18.14)
Philippines’s Ayungin presence, lawful, says Palace official (03.18.14)
Malacanang salutes OFWs for record remittance (03.18.14)
Coloma underscores truthful, complete information for effective communication (03.17.14)
Philippines remains top investment choice for European Union companies, says Coloma (03.14.14)
Palace now studying PMA Cadet Cudia’s appeal (03.13.14)
Government spells out measures to address Mindanao power shortage (03.13.14)
Malacanang lauds ERC for deciding against electricity price increase (03.11.14)
Malacañang wants public to exert pressure on elected lawmakers to pass FOI Bill (03.11.14)
Administration remains relentless in anti-corruption fight (03.06.14)
Negotiators to push country’s interest during talks on increased US rotational presence (03.06.14)
Palace: Government works to ensure stable power supply; asks for stakeholders’ cooperation (03.06.14)
Palace: PNP determined to maintain peace and order (03.04.14)
Palace condemns NPA landmine attack in Davao del Sur (03.04.14)
Land reform to continue despite termination of CARPER, says Palace (03.04.14)
Malacanang calls on all working personnel to pay correct taxes (03.04.14)
Palace assures government doing everything to address commuter's transportation woes (03.02.14)

February 2014

Palace: PSG member caught using cloned ATM card to face consequences of his alleged misdeed (02.23.14)
Palace: Coordination efforts of government meant to create clear understanding between affected agencies of truck ban(02.23.14)
Palace: Government exerting efforts to avert crisis from Manila truck ban (02.23.14)
Palace: Request made for Michael Martinez courtesy call on President Aquino (02.23.14)
Palace: President Aquino to inspect calamity-hit areas on 'EDSA Day' (02.23.14)
Palace: Tuesday a regular working day (02.23.14)
Palace respects former Sen. Arroyo call to reconsider appointment to Human Rights Claims Board
Government prioritizes infrastructure projects in addressing traffic congestion, Coloma says (02.21.14)
Philippines has good standing on reviving major infrastructure projects, says Palace (02.21.14)
Government remains open to talking peace with communist insurgents (02.21.14)
Malacanang calls on stakeholders to work harder with government in overcoming obstacles to ensure Philippines' readiness for ASEAN integration, Coloma says (02.19.14)
President Aquino cites 3 driving forces to ensure the country's readiness for ASEAN integration by 2015 (02.19.14)
Palace encourages voluntary remedial measures in dealing with traffic due to infrastructure work (02.18.14)
Government committed to fighting graft, says Palace (02.18.14)
Palace: There's no stopping government officials from taking public transport (02.18.14)
United States President Barack Obama to visit Philippines in April, Palace says (02.13.14)
Palace: Government to intensify efforts to safeguard journalists, freedom of expression (02.13.14)
President Aquino names nine-member Human Rights Victims' Claims Board, Palace official says (02.13.14)
Palace satisfied with PCGG efforts to recover ill-gotten wealth (02.13.14)
Palace expects truth to prevail in the ongoing Senate inquiry on pork barrel scam (02.13.14)
Palace: Government taking steps to ensure availability of LPG at reasonable prices (02.12.14)
Palace reassures families of victims in Bontoc bus tragedy of insurance benefits (02.12.14)
No singling out of Estradas in PDAF row, Palace maintains (02.12.14)
Aquino directs Cabinet Secretaries to intensify job creation and social protection programs, Palace says (02.12.14)
DOE advises power suppliers to conduct maintenance on power plants to ensure these will operate optimally in the summer (02.06.14)
Government taking steps to ensure power supply during summer, Palace assures (02.06.14)
Palace: Understanding, not retaliation, to be guide in dealing with Hong Kong concern (02.06.14)
Palace: Schools that adjusted calendars have their own charters (02.06.14)
Palace: Government confident of keeping inflation rate within target (02.06.14)
Aquino government to curb smuggling by bringing smugglers to the bar of justice (02.04.14)
Government working to improve agriculture sector’s performance, says official (02.04.14)
Palace: OES unit now handling complaint vs ERC chief (02.04.14)
Government to tap private sector to upgrade facilities of Orthopedic Center (02.04.14)
Palace: Government troops to fulfill sworn duty to protect people from BIFF (02.04.14)
Palace reminds Davao City mayor to uphold rule of law (02.04.14)
PCOO Assistant Secretary Marfil promoted to Undersecretary (02.04.14)

January 2014

Despite clash with breakaway group, Palace hopeful there will be no serious disruption of peace process (01.28.14)
Palace open to proposals that FOI Bill to include full disclosure of official’s earnings (01.28.14)
Palace: Status quo in Mindanao not acceptable (01.28.14)
Palace: Bangsamoro basic law may be certified urgent (01.28.14)
Effective crime prevention needs public cooperation, says Palace (01.28.14)
Palace spells out corrective measures to avoid future energy rate hikes (01.24.14)
Government to protect consumers from effects of strengthening US dollar, says official (01.24.14)
DFA dispatches officers to assist Filipino workers abused in Malaysia (01.24.14)
Palace appeals for patience as government constructs major infrastructure in Metro Manila (01.23.14)
Government campaign to protect journalists continuing, says official (01.23.14)
Government to ensure welfare of Filipinos amid Malaysia’s crackdown on illegal workers (01.23.14)
Social Weather Stations' survey in ‘Yolanda’ affected areas show higher satisfaction for President Aquino (01.23.14)
Aquino governments remains focused on improving the overall quality of life in the country, Coloma says (01.21.14)
Senator Revilla should have explained his PDAF allocation, says Palace (01.21.14)
Aquino government earmarks P1.4 trillion to improve the lives of Filipinos, Coloma says (01.21.14)
Government continues to engage stakeholders to ensure Mindanao peace (01.21.14)
Palace: Creating jobs remains major priority for government (01.21.14)
Coloma keynotes opening of this year’s ‘Salubungan’ workshop in Malacanang (01.16.14)
Pulse Asia survey says 3 out 4 Filipinos continue to support and trust President Aquino, Coloma says (01.14.14)

Coloma underscores significance of switching from analog to digital broadcasting (01.13.14)

Palace one with Cardinal Tagle's call for working for rehabilitation of calamity areas, fighting corruption (01.09.14)
DOH on top of tackling spread of measles in the country, says Palace (01.09.14)
Govt to protect consumers from unnecessary power rate hikes (01.09.14)
President Aquino convenes Cabinet Secretaries to speed up post-Yolanda rehabilitation program (01.09.14)

PCOO Chief warns vs scammers, namedroppers seeking Yolanda 'donations'

Palace: No time to lose on safe alternatives to fireworks (01.02.14)
Palace: President Aquino signs P14.6-B supplemental budget for calamity survivors (01.02.14)
Aquino government elated over United Nations's action adopting Philippine-sponsored resolution on violence against women migrant workers (01.02.14)
Palace: Phl dip in business ranking a learning point, continuing challenge (01.02.14)
Government agencies speed up burial of remains of 1,400 Yolanda fatalities (01.02.14)
Government remains committed to talking peace with leftist rebels, says Palace (01.02.14)
Palace reiterates respect for Ombudsman, judiciary's independence on PDAF cases (01.02.14)

Coloma underscores truthful, complete information for effective communication
 
(TAGAYTAY CITY) Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. on Monday emphasized the importance of a complete, truthful and unified communications that would help the public in making responsible decisions.

Secretary Coloma talked about the Aquino administration’s communication directions during the 2014 Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Communications Planning Workshop held here in Tagaytay City.

“Naniniwala ang Pangulo na ang mahalaga sa lahat ay bigyan ng tama at sapat na impormasyon ang mga mamamayan,” the secretary told the participants of the Labor communications planning workshop.

“Kapag natanggap na nila ito, sila na mismo ang magpapasya; sila na ang magkukusang-loob na kumilos para baguhin ‘yung kanilang buhay, baguhin ang buhay ng kanilang komunidad at magbagong-tatag ng isang mas matibay na bansa,” he added.

Secretary Coloma said the government’s philosophy of an effective communication is “truth-telling, awareness-creation, and consciousness-raising.” He said the administration does not promote propaganda and censorship.

The secretary also said that the government focuses on the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016, the administration’s development framework that seeks to address poverty, as well as achieve inclusive and sustainable socio-economic growth.

In communicating with the public, Coloma said that the government and its agencies should communicate a unified message. He said the media should be given timely and complete information, and they should be treated with respect and encourage professionalism.

He also cited that President Aquino speaks in the Filipino language in his speeches as he wants to reach all Filipinos not only the audience of the event venue. “Naniniwala ang Pangulo, tuwing siya ay nagsasalita, ang audience niya ay buong bansa,” he said.

The Department of Labor and Employment held a two-day communications planning workshop in Tagaytay City, which was attended by employees from the Labor Communications Office, as well as various regional offices and attached agencies. PND (co)

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Malacanang calls on stakeholders to work harder with government in overcoming obstacles to ensure Philippines' readiness for ASEAN integration, Coloma says
 
The Aquino administration called on all citizens, businessmen, and all stakeholders to work harder with the government in overcoming the obstacles to enhance the country's competitiveness and readiness for the integration of economies among the 10-member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by 2015, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said on Wednesday.

In his keynote speech during the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) 2nd General Membership Meeting held at the InterContinental Manila in Makati City, the Communications Secretary emphasized the need for the cooperation and participation of all stakeholders to ensure that the country is ready for ASEAN integration.

"The driving forces, as spelled out by President Benigno S. Aquino III are connectivity, productivity and complementarity," Coloma said.

"To be able to fully integrate with the rest of ASEAN and APEC, we need to work harder and smarter in overcoming the restraining forces: the structural blockages in our laws and infrastructure, the protectionists tendencies in business and industry and the propensity for self-flagellation in the mass media," he said.

"I suggest that we focus on three imperatives: First, intensify good governance advocacy (Integrity), second, promote a 'balanced perspective' in information and communication (institution building) and third, actively engage co-stakeholders in building alliance that will enhance Philippine's global competitiveness," Coloma said.

The ASEAN is pursuing the integration of economies among the 10-member states with the establishment of an ASEAN Economic Community by December 2015. ASEAN is composed of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar, and the Philippines.

"Let us strengthen the foundations for sustainable and inclusive growth upon the building blocks of integrity and good governance and a commitment to excellence," Coloma said. PND (js)

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President Aquino cites 3 driving forces to ensure the country's readiness for ASEAN integration by 2015
 
President Benigno S. Aquino III has cited connectivity, productivity and complementarity as driving forces in enhancing the country's competitiveness and readiness for the integration of economies among the 10-member states of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) by 2015, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said on Wednesday.

In his keynote speech during the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines (FINEX) 2nd General Membership Meeting held at the InterContinental Manila in Makati City, the Communications Secretary said the Chief Executive has discussed with concerned government agencies the policy agenda in ensuring that the Philippines is ready for ASEAN integration.

"On the sidelines of the Mindanao Business Forum held in Davao City last August 8, the President cited the importance of connectivity in terms of airports and seaports considering that the Philippines is an archipelago and, unlike other ASEAN member-countries, it does not have land boundaries with its neighboring countries," Coloma said.

The President also said the government has crafted measures to alleviate the country's poverty, he said.

"He also talked about addressing poverty among millions of Filipinos in the agriculture and fisheries sector," he said.

"Product diversification is another option that is actively pursued. According to the President, a Bicol University college of agriculture research team headed by its dean, Dr. Justino Arboleda, is presently drawing up a blueprint on the production of coconut by-products such as coco coir, cocopeat, coco water and charcoal briquette in factories that may be run by coconut farmers themselves. Initial studies show that payback period on initial investment can be as quick as one year," Coloma said.

President Aquino said the country's participation in ASEAN integration aims at providing greater access to new markets.

"President Aquino himself is upbeat and optimistic about the country's participation in ASEAN integration as it should send strong signals to a business community that seems to be skeptical about the country's prospects," he said.

"For those who share our President's view that current efforts are converging towards complementarity both within the country and in the region, then there is cogent reason to believe that, indeed, the Philippines is well-poised to take its place among the region's competitive economies in an integrated economic regime," Coloma said.

"We need to consolidate and fortify the gains we have achieved in terms of breaking out of the vicious cycle that made our country the 'sick man of Asia'," he said.

Financial executives gathered on Wednesday to discuss the challenges and opportunities of ASEAN integration.

The ASEAN is pursuing the integration of economies among the 10-member states with the establishment of an ASEAN Economic Community by December 2015. ASEAN is composed of Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Cambodia, Brunei, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam, Myanmar and the Philippines.

The integration will allow companies based in ASEAN member-nations to enter each other’s markets, with lowered tarriffs and capital market integration. PND (js)

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Coloma keynotes opening of this year’s ‘Salubungan’ workshop in Malacanang
 
Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. keynoted Thursday in Malacanang the opening of the second Salubungan Workshop being spearheaded by the EDSA People Power Commission (EPPC).

“Sa susunod na buwan ay ika-28 taon na ng paggunita natin sa diwa ng EDSA. Kaya’t mahalaga ang Salubungan. Ang EDSA 1986 ay salubungan ng maraming personalidad, puwersa at pangayayari,” Coloma said in his keynote message. “Yun ay salubungan sa pagitan ng diktadurya at demokrasya.”

Coloma said the real challenge to everyone today is how to create a better Philippines for the next generation of Filipinos.

The Salubungan Workshop is being held so that participants could exchange views on important issues and plan on how to relive the spirit of the EDSA People Power revolt, he said.

Coloma told the participants to make their experiences and personal views to become their guide during the discussions in the workshop and craft things that they would want to contribute for general welfare.

“Importante po dito yung nararamdaman po ninyo, yung saloobin ninyo, yung matibay ninyong paniniwala na ‘yun ang dapat na maganap,” he said, noting that the workshop is not an academic exercise.

The discussions will be more meaningful if the participants could feel that they were able to contribute in making the country a better place, he said.

“Magiging makabuluhan po itong ginagawa natin ngayon kung ang bawat isa sa inyo, pagkatapos nitong Salubungan, nararamdaman ninyo na naipahayag ninyo ang inyong saloobin, nararamdaman ninyo na naibahagi ninyo ang inyong paniniwala. At nararamdaman ninyo na kayo ay nakapag-ambag, that you have made a personal contribution in shaping a better future for our country,” he said.

The Salubungan Workshop, an annual three-day event, is a venue for groups from different parts of the country to come together and celebrate the Filipino spirit of volunteerism and love for country.

Participants in the workshop are expected to gain skills in funding and marketing their advocacies from experts in the field in the formal workshop to be held in La Consolacion College Manila.

Among the participants in the discussions will be EPPC commissioners, leaders and achievers in advertising, media, community development, and business sector. Members of the EDSA People Power Network will also be in attendance in the workshop.

The event is also supported by the Department of Education, the Commission on Higher Education, the Technical Education Skills and Development Authority and the Department of the Interior and Local Government.

The workshop has for its theme: “Tatak EPPN Ako, Ito ang Taya Ko”. PND (as)

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Coloma underscores significance of switching from analog to digital broadcasting
 

President Benigno S. Aquino III has emphasized that the adoption of the Integrated Services Digital Broadcasting - Terrestrial (ISDB-T) system is aligned with the government’s objective of preventing casualty in times of calamities and disasters, Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said on Monday.

Coloma said during the meeting with Japanese Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications Yoshitaka Shindo at the Edsa Shangri-la Hotel in Mandaluyong City that the Chief Executive has already given the go-signal to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to begin the groundwork for the adoption of ISDB-T system.

The adoption of ISDB-T was part of the agenda during President Aquino's meeting with members of his Cabinet on Monday, Coloma said. The new system is the most advanced international standard on digital terrestrial television broadcasting format originally developed in Japan.

The ISDB-T started in Japan in December 2003 and in Brazil in December 2007. The number of the country which has adopted its standard is gradually increasing with the recognition of its technological advantage.

Coloma said the presidential directive will pave the way for the phase out of analogue transmission in approximately two to three years to deliver better TV signals to every household across the country.

"The introduction of ISDB-T is timely for the disaster-resilient Philippines. The country experiences more than 20 typhoons every year," the Communications Secretary said.

"The breakdown of the communications system during the aftermath of super-typhoon Yolanda caused a bit of delay in responding to the needs of the people," Coloma said.

Coloma said the Philippines is joining other Asean member countries in switching over from analog to digital broadcasting.

"The evolution of TV broadcasting is one of the significant aspects of connectivity for the Asean Economic Community regional integration that is envisioned to be fully attained by 2015," he said.

Coloma said the NTC ascertained the compatibility of the ISDB-T system with mobile devices since there are approximately 90 million mobile phonesubscribers.

Shindo, for his part, expressed his government's heartfelt gratitude to the Philippines for adopting the ISDB-T which would suit the country’s requirements and would be most beneficial for the majority of the population.

He said ISDB-T has built-in early warning system to enable people with TV sets, mobile phones and other hand-held gadgets with TV receivers to receive early warning announcements and advisories from the National Disaster and Risk Reduction Management Council and Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services.

It also has a built-in mobile transmission that can send early warnings to mobile phone users in the country at the shortest possible time, Coloma said.

These features are very much applicable to the Philippines since it has the same situation as Japan in terms of natural calamities.

Shindo said ISDB-T also brings new business opportunity for broadcasting companies.

Joining Shindo during the meeting were Japanese Vice Minister for Policy Coordination (International Affairs) Masahiro Yoshizaki, Japanese Ambassador to the Philippines Toshinao Urabe, and Japanese Telecommunications and Broadcasting companies officials.

Also in attendance were NTC Commissioner Gamaliel Cordova, Presidential Communications Operations Office Undersecretary George Sylianco, Assistant Secretary Jess Yu and Radio-Television Malacanang Director Lito Nadal. PND (js)

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PCOO Chief warns vs scammers, namedroppers seeking Yolanda 'donations'
 

A Malacañang official on Monday cautioned the public to be wary of scammers using his name to solicit so-called donations for survivors of super typhoon "Yolanda" (Haiyan).

Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said he learned of one scam using his name, after being told by the Management Association of the Philippines (MAP).

"(Some unscrupulous individuals), while impersonating me, or claiming to represent me and my office, have resorted to soliciting donations related to Typhoon Yolanda," Coloma said.

Citing information reaching him, he said the scammers had tried to victimize members of the MAP and the Financial Executives Institute of the Philippines.

In another incident, Coloma said a scammer dropped his name in calling a colleague and offering to set up a meeting with President Benigno Aquino III.

"I wish to emphasize that I did not - and will not - make such calls, nor authorize anyone to represent me in so doing," Coloma said.

"This is evidently the work of scammers. I am issuing statements to the mass media and in our office website as a precautionary advisory," he added.

Meanwhile, he asked the MAP to note the caller information used by the impostors, "so we can trace their identities and/or whereabouts and make them accountable for their illegal acts." PND (jl)

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