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November 2015

Secretary Coloma and UNESCO Director-General Bokova Reaffirm PH-UNESCO Partnership (11.09.15)

October 2015

Palace mourns death of ex-Senator Ernesto Herrera (10.30.15)
President Aquino offers prayers to departed relatives ahead of 'Undas' (10.29.15)
Election is not vindication, says Palace official (10.29.15)
Palace welcomes UN statement praising Philippine government for rapid, pre-emptive response to Typhoon Lando (10.25.15)
Government continuously monitoring haze situation in Mindanao (10.25.15)
 Government supports actions to stop violence against Lumads (10.25.15)
Liberal Party senatorial bets have good track records, says Palace official (10.13.15)
Police pursuing kidnappers of Italian national in Dipolog, says Palace official (10.08.15)
Palace says it respects United Nations Working Group’s opinion on the case former President Arroyo (10.08.15)
Palace brushes off Vice President Binay’s‘demolition by perception’ allegation (10.06.15)
Palace thanks ‘bosses’ for increased approval rating for the Cabinet (10.06.15)
Pulse Asia survey results show improved people’s approval of government programs (10.05.15)
Palace hopes Gilas Pilipinas gets better to qualify for the olympics (10.04.15)
Palace says DOH is on top of dengue outbreak, notes decline of cases in 10 regions (10.04.15)
President Aquino approves submission of initial global commitments to address climate change (10.01.15)
Government determined to improve traffic situation in Metro Manila, says Palace official (10.01.15)
Palace welcomes latest Pulse Asia survey showing President Aquino's high ratings (10.01.15)

September 2015

Government probes alleged special treatment given Reyes brothers in Palawan jail (09.27.15)
Malacanang supports United Nations' pledge to end extreme poverty (09.27.15)
Palace: Authorities are doing everything to ensure ‘favorable environment’ during APEC Summit (09.25.15)
Palace confirms police hunt for abductors of two foreigners, one Filipino in Samal Island (09.22.15)
Palace: Retired Generals expressed support for government’s initiative for peace in Mindanao (09.22.15)
Palace acknowledges arrest of former Palawan governor, former Coron mayor wanted for murder (09.21.15)
Palace honors the sacrifices of martial law victims (09.20.15)
Palace says it will do its "fair share" in helping Syrian refugees (09.20.15)
Palace thanks the people for vote of confidence on Aquino administration (09.17.15)
Palace assures continuity of food security program despite resignation of Secretary Pangilinan (09.15.15)
President Aquino nominates Alicia Bala as new Civil Service Commission chief (09.15.15)
President Aquino accepts resignation of Food Security Secretary Francis Pangilinan (09.15.15)
Government supports Bishop' call to prove Lumad killings (09.13.15)
Palace reiterates appeal for public cooperation in solving traffic (09.13.15)
Malacañang seeks public understanding on heavy traffic caused by flash floods (09.09.15)
Palace defends Metro Manila Development Authority Chairman Tolentino from those seeking his resignation (09.07.15)
Palace official allays fears on Ebola virus (09.07.15)
All-time low inflation, result of sound microeconomic management (09.06.15)
Armed Forces joins Phl National Police in resolving conflict in Surigao Del Sur (09.06.15)
Palace reminds public that stricter traffic rules will be implemented on Monday (09.06.15)
Palace welcomes high public awareness on West Philippine Sea issue (09.05.15)
Government outlines El Niño action plan for Agriculture sector (09.05.15)
Traffic czar not necessary, inter-agency efforts enough to ease Metro congestion, says Palace official (09.05.15)
NEDA board approves P131.4 billion worth of projects for transportation, energy sectors (09.05.15)
PTV-11 returns to Cebu’s airwaves with newly installed transmitter (09.04.15)
Government studying options in anticipation of El Niño (09.03.15)
Government consulting provincial, city bus operators to ease traffic jams along EDSA (09.03.15)
President Aquino orders review of proposals to ease traffic congestion (09.01.15)

August 2015

Palace continues to monitor Iglesia ni Cristo action (08.30.15)
President Aquino leads commemoration of National Heroes Day (08.30.15)
Palace mourns passing of DepEd Undersecretary (08.30.15)
Palace on Iglesia ni Cristo case: Government is merely enforcing the law (08.28.15)
Government open to proposed reduction in income tax rate (08.26.15)
President Aquino does not play favorites in public service, says Palace (08.26.15)
Malacañang respects overseas Filipino workers’ right to join ‘No Remittance Day’ protest (08.26.15)
Palace: President Aquino trusts Customs, Metro Manila Development Authority chiefs (08.26.15)
Strong macroeconomic fundamentals are keeping the economy afloat, says Palace official (08.25.15)
Palace counters Senator Binay on balikbayan box issue (08.25.15)
Government launches second Peace Caravan to help poor, underprivileged communities (08.25.15)
Palace defends appearance of Cabinet officials in television ads (08.25.15)
‘Ninoy Aquino Day’ reaffirms everyone's duty to strengthen democracy, says Palace (08.20.15)
Palace lauds military for operations against Abu Sayyaf that helped two Coast Guard personnel escape (08.20.15)
Palace says it remains steadfast in fighting corruption (08.18.15)
Government intensifies drive against proliferation of investment scams (08.16.15)
Palace supports Japanese Prime Minister Abe in encouraging 'proactive contribution to peace' (08.15.15)
Palace welcomes latest executive outlook survey of Makati Business Club (08.14.15)
Palace: Philippines focused on diplomatic approach to settle South China Sea row (08.13.15)
Palace: Cabinet members free to choose whom to support in 2016 elections (08.13.15)
Palace says Comelec move to lease new optical mark reader machines aims to fulfill mandate (08.13.15)
Malacañang ready to defend 2015 budget at Supreme Court (08.13.15)
Government stepping up infrastructure projects to solve traffic congestion, says Palace official (08.13.15)
Palace respects decision of bishops to refrain from endorsing politicians (08.13.15)
Palace defends Budget Secretary Abad from charges he perpetrated pork barrel scam (08.11.15)
Palace optimistic that Bangsamoro Draft Law would be passed, says official (08.11.15)
Palace extends its condolences for the passing of former President Arroyo’s elder brother (08.11.15)
Palace cautions the public on the effects of Typhoon Hanna (08.09.15)
Strategic partnership between Philippines and Japan allow cooperation on security issues, says Palace official (08.08.15)
Malacanang welcomes Comelec’s plan to hold presidential debates (08.08.15)
Palace counters Vice President Binay's recent swipe at the administration (08.08.15)
The Office of the President did not select police awardees, says Palace (08.07.15)
Those accused in third batch of pork barrel scam cases deserve due process, says Palace official (08.07.15)
Palace believes Vice President Binay's tirades will not affect public perception of the administration (08.06.15)
Malacañang welcomes $2 billion pledge from Japan for elevated railway (08.06.15)
Philippines’ position on South China Sea issue gaining support, says Palace official (08.06.15)
Palace says lawmakers to discuss Bangsamoro draft Law after proposed national budget (08.06.15)
Palace defends initiatives to attain inclusive growth, long-term reforms (08.06.15)
Government committed to ensuring quality health care for filipinos, says Malacañang (08.04.15)
Palace counters Vice President Binay on credit rating upgrades, investments (08.04.15)
Palace defends administration's 'daang matuwid' successes (08.04.15)
Palace: Budget for State Universities, Colleges more than doubled during President Aquino’s term (08.04.15)
Latest survey on optimism affirms President Aquino’s final State of Nation Address, says Palace (08.04.15)
Palace thanks Sultan of Oman for extending Royal Pardon to two overseas Filipino workers (08.02.15)
Palace assures the United Nations it is determined to complete rehabilitation works in typhoon Yolanda affected areas (08.02.15)

July 2015

Government ready to meet with truckers to discuss extension of one-truck lane policy (07.30.15)
Palace clarifies issues on alleged inclusion of pork barrel fund in 2016 budget (07.30.15)
Presidential Security Group has protocols in ensuring President’s safety during an earthquake (07.30.15)
National Disaster Risk Reduction Council updates President Aquino on Metro-Wide quake drill (07.30.15)
Malacañang assures President Aquino is in good health (07.28.15)
Palace hopes Congress would pass proposed budget on time, despite Senator’s resignation from finance committee (07.28.15)
Palace says President Aquino has sufficiently explained MRT problem, rehabilitation to public (07.28.15)
Passage of Pension Reform Law to improve uniformed personnel’s welfare (07.28.15)
Palace defends administration’s successes ahead of President Aquino's last State of the Nation Address (07.27.15)
Palace urges the public to tune in to the last State of the Nation Address of President Aquino (07.26.15)
Palace encourages voters to register their biometrics data with Comelec (07.26.15)
Government monitoring rehabilitation projects in Yolanda-devastated areas (07.23.15)
President Aquino to inaugurate Muntinlupa-Cavite Expressway (07.23.15)
Palace says country to pursue rules-based approach in settling case against China (07.23.15)
Palace welcomes support of American Senators in country's effort to peacefully resolve West Philippine Sea row (07.19.15)
Palace congratulates Nonito Donaire, Jr., for winning against French Anthony Settoul (07.19.15)
National Economic and Development Authority Board approves major infrastructure projects  (07.16.15)
Malacañang declares non-working holiday during APEC meeting in Metro Manila (07.14.15)
President Aquino orders intensified campaign against illegal drug trafficking (07.14.15)
Papal Visit Task Force head named as new National Police Chief (07.14.15)
Palace welcomes Catholic Bishops’ statements on national concerns (07.14.15)
Palace hopes initial talk with communist rebel leaders in the Netherlands will lead to reopening of new dialog (07.12.15)
Palace advises public to continue monitoring weather forecasts, Dam overflow warnings (07.12.15)
Indonesian government to be updated on filing of charges against Veloso’s illegal recruiters (07.09.15)
President Aquino declares July 17 a regular holiday in observance of Eid'l Fitr (07.09.15)
Flood control projects continue, says Palace official (07.09.15)
PTV-4 to get ‘new blood’ under reorganization (07.08.15)
Government monitoring Typhoon Falcon, says Palace (07.07.15)
President Aquino approves proposed P3 trillion national budget for 2016 (07.07.15)
President Aquino urges cabinet members to intensify implementation of programs to boost inclusive growth (07.06.15)
Health department ready to handle new MERS-CoV case, says Palace official (07.06.15)
President Aquino monitors development of Typhoon 'Egay' (07.05.15)
Malacanang warns public against fake rice (07.05.15)
Palace disputes Vice President Binay's allegations of inefficiency (07.02.15)
China must uphold the declaration on the conduct of parties it signed in 2002, says Palace (07.02.15)

June 2015

Philippine economy could absorb shocks posed by Greek debt crisis, says Palace Official (06.30.15)
No politics involved in Mayor Binay's suspension, says Palace (06.30.15)
Palace reports Aquino administration’s major successes in past five years (06.30.15)
President Aquino to inspect two airport projects in Palawan and Cebu (06.28.15)
Palace condemns killing of CNN Philippines cameraman (06.26.15)
Politicking will not affect business sector’s confidence in the economy, says Palace official (06.25.15)
Palace invites public to watch second part of documentary on the West Philippine Sea (06.21.15)
Government continues to monitor Mount Bulusan's new explosion (06.21.15)
DPWH, MMDA working to address flooding, traffic congestion, says Palace official (06.20.15)
Palace allays public fears on MERS-CoV infection (06.20.15)
Government focuses on efficient budget spending to spur growth (06.20.15)
Palace acknowledges latest Global Peace Index report (06.20.15)
Malacañang welcomes increase in President Aquino's satisfaction rating (06.19.15)
President Aquino leads special Cabinet meeting to review first semester performance (06.19.15)
President Aquino still consulting with stakeholders on presidential bet (06.18.15)
MILF's turnover of weapons an important confidence-building measure, says Palace official (06.16.15)
Palace official assures Philippines is prepared for MERS-CoV (06.15.15)
Palace says decommisioning of Moro Rebel Forces, weapons due on Tuesday (06.14.15)
Malacanang invites Filipinos to watch documentary regarding West Philippine Sea (06.14.15)
Palace welcomes survey showing 54 percent of Filipinos recognize freedom of speech under Aquino administration (06.11.15)
Palace hopes draft law on Bangsamoro would be passed in July (06.09.15)
Palace acknowledges report showing country's inprovement in Rule of Law Index 2015 (06.07.15)
Malacanang welcomes China's statement on having a peaceful solution to the West Philippine Sea row (06.07.15)
Palace salutes Filipino athletes competing in Southeast Asian Games (06.07.15)
President Aquino meets with Japanese political leader (06.04.15)
Tragedy in Kentex factory fire must never happen again, says President Aquino (06.01.15)

May 2015

All ready for the opening of classes, say Palace (05.31.15)
Philippines joins call to end illicit trade of tobacco products, say Palace (05.31.15)
Government optimistic on faster growth in remaining quarters of the year (05.28.15)
Palace welcomes survey showing high optimism among Filipinos (05.27.15)
Philippines wants tensions to ease in China-U.S. row over West Philippine Sea (05.27.15)
Malacanang issues an apology over the LRT collision incident (05.24.15)
Palace to continue to push for peaceful resolution despite tension in West Philippine Sea (05.22.15)
Critics free to question legality of Bangsamoro draft law, says Palace (05.21.15)
President Aquino approves infrastructure projects worth P63.5 billion (05.19.15)
Philippines remains in solidarity with United Nations in addressing plight of Asian ‘boat people’ (05.18.15)
Palace joins nation in celebrating El Gamma Penumbra's victory in 'Asia's Got Talent' (05.17.15)
Palace cites need to criminalize non-compliance to occupational safety law (05.17.15)
Palace congratulates 'El Gamma Penumbra' for winning ‘Asia's Got Talent’ finals (05.15.15)
Malacañang vows strict factory inspections in aftermath of Valenzuela factory fire (05.14.15)
President Aquino thanks Pacquiao for bringing honor to country (05.13.15)
President Aquino receives Manny Pacquiao (05.13.15)
Malacañang extends its condolences for the passing of Representative Enrique Cojuangco (05.12.15)
Vancouver-based firm to increase investments in the Philippines (05.10.15)
President Aquino conveys his condolences to the family of Ambassador Lucenario (05.09.15)
President Aquino pays courtesy call on Canada’s Governor General (05.08.15)
President Aquino promotes Romblon’s marble products to business groups in U.S. (05.07.15)
Chicago Mayor Emanuel welcomes President Aquino to the Windy City (05.07.15)
Palace hopes public sentiment would sway Congress to pass Bangsamoro Basic Law (05.05.15)
Palace thanks Peace Council for reviewing the Bangsamoro Basic Law (05.05.15)
Palace remains hopeful Congress will enact the Bangsamoro Basic Law (05.03.15)
Palace lauds Manny Pacquiao despite losing to Floyd Mayweather, Jr. (05.03.15)

April 2015

Cabinet members’ resignation will not disrupt public service, Palace official says (04.29.15)
Philippine government thanks Indonesian President for granting Veloso a reprieve (04.29.15)
President Aquino saddened by Indonesia’s decision to push through with Veloso’s execution (04.28.15)
Malacanang welcomes report ranking Philippines among ‘happiest nations’ (04.25.15)
Reformed Customs Bureau to play major role in ASEAN integration (04.25.15)
NEDA to oversee the rehab of Typhoon Yolanda devastated areas, says Palace (04.25.15)
President Aquino appoints Alberto Lina as Customs Chief (04.23.15)
Palace acknowledges resignation of Customs Chief, thanks him for ‘exemplary leadership’ (04.23.15)
President Aquino approves release of P2.2 billion for government employees affected by ‘Yolanda’, Bohol quake (04.22.15)
Palace announces appointment of former Cavite governor as member of PCSO Board of Directors (04.20.15)
Palace emphasizes necessity of implementing K to 12 program (04.20.15)
Health department focuses on aggressive info campaign to combat HIV-AIDS (04.19.15)
Agriculture, Energy Department work to address concerns over dry spell (04.19.15)
Palace announces the conduct of this year's 'Balikatan' exercises (04.19.15)
Malacañang is focused on implementing programs, does not want political distractions, official says (04.16.15)
Philippines focuses on diplomacy in addressing China's reclamation work in contested waters, Palace says (04.14.15)
Palace condemns killing of former newspaper reporter (04.14.15)
President Aquino wants agencies to fast-track rehabilitation of ‘Yolanda’-affected areas (04.14.15)
Palace looking into ways to reduce unliquidated cash advances made by the Office of the President (04.12.15)
Govenment intensifies preparation against effect of 'El Nino' (04.12.15)
Palace says latest survey indicates public understood President Aquino’s position on Mamasapano incident (04.06.15)
'War crime' Designations for media killings must be studied, says Palace (04.05.15)
Philippines backs United Nations iniative in raising safety awareness against disasters (04.05.15)
Malacanang welcomes US' support in pushing West Philippine Sea claim (04.05.15)

March 2015

Palace hopes MILF report would shed light on Mamasapano incident (03.25.15)
Palace commends Health Department for effective anti-tuberculosis fight (03.25.15)
Government to focus on good governance, fighting poverty in next 15 months (03.24.15)
Palace welcomes American think tank’s positive ratings on ‘Labor Freedom’ (03.23.15)
Indonesian leader’s statement on China’s claims to South China Sea consistent with Philippines’ position (03.23.15)
Public could push for divorce in Congress if there is huge support for it, says Palace (03.23.15)
Philippine Coconut Authority to create multi-sectoral advisory council to tackle coco levy assets (03.23.15)
Palace elated with survey saying Filipinos rank fifth happiest citizens in the world (03.22.15)
Palace encourages everyone to participate in 'Earth Hour 2015' (03.22.15)
Government performance to win back peoples trust (03.17.15)
Government, Moro Islamic Liberation Front remain committed to peace, says Palace official (03.16.15)
Palace calls on public to conserve energy to counter looming power shortage (03.16.15)
President Aquino nominates Acting Health Secretary Garin to Commission on Appointments (03.13.15)
Palace assures P48.8 million for 'Yolanda' victims is still intact (03.12.15)
Aquino administration to retain members of government peace panel, says Palace (03.12.15)
Defense Department monitoring China's latest activity in West Philippine Sea, says Palace (03.10.15)
Palace: PNP Board of Inquiry did not mention the need to get the President’s statement (03.10.15)
Soldiers killed in battle against BIFF rebels to get benefits based on law, says Palace (03.10.15)
Christian Church Coalition prays over President Aquino (03.10.15)
Palace awaits notice on case filed at the United Nations by former president Arroyo’s international lawyer (03.09.15)
Government addressing concerns pending the implementation of K-to12 program (03.08.15)
Malacanang joins the world celebration of Women's Day (03.08.15)
National Museum verifying reported discovery of Japanese warship, Palace says (03.05.15)
Members of 1986 Constitutional Commission support Bangsamoro Basic Law provisions (03.05.15)
The military will deal with the new armed group in Mindanao, Palace official says (03.05.15)
Palace optimistic Bangsamoro Basic Law would get enough votes in Congress (03.03.15)
DSWD earmarks 4.85 million pesos for residents affected by armed conflict in Maguindanao, says Palace (03.01.15)
Malta's Prince arrives Sunday for a weeklong Philippine visit (03.01.15)

February 2015

Period for filing human rights violation claims extended until May, Palace says (02.27.15)
Espina doing a good job as officer-in-charge of National Police, says Coloma (02.26.15)
Palace supports National Railway’s fare adjustment (02.26.15)
Palace apologizes for heavy traffic during EDSA People Power anniversary (02.26.15)
Government to extend assistance to families affected by ongoing military operation in Central Mindanao (02.26.15)
Government has resources to prevent entry of infectious diseases, Palace says (02.24.15)
Malacañang still trusts MILF as government partner in peace process (02.24.15)
President Aquino would be open to meet senators regarding Bangsamoro Basic Law, Palace official says (02.24.15)
President Aquino meets with House Representatives to discuss Mamasapano incident, Bangsamoro Basic Law (02.24.15)
Palace announces official visit of French President to the country (02.22.15)
February 25 is a regular working day, says Palace (02.22.15)
Palace on MRT breakdowns: Public safety always comes first (02.19.15)
Overcoming hurdles caused by Mamasapano incident would make country stronger, says Palace official (02.19.15)
Return of seized weapons by MILF an indication of goodwill, says official (02.18.15)
Palace appeals for calm amid reports of security threats via text messages (02.18.15)
Palace calls on whoever has information on Mamasapano incident to submit it to authorities (02.17.15)
Palace announces approval of major infrastructure projects (02.17.15)
NEDA Board approves rebidding of CALAX Project (02.16.15)
NEDA Board approves multibillion-peso projects (02.16.15)
Malacanang elated over Forbes magazine's report making Philippines a top retirement destination (02.15.15)
Palace condemns killing of Tagbilaran City radio commentator (02.15.15)
Security forces ready to foil attacks by Marwan's supporters, say Malacanang (02.15.15)
Palace assures public of commodity price stability despite impending oil price hike (02.15.15)
Government intensifies efforts to prevent spread of MERS-CoV (02.15.15)
DPWH to build P1.2 billion underpass in Makati City (02.15.15)
Goverment ready to deal with MERS-CoV, says Palace (02.13.15)
Palace: Government, MILF must study proposal for independent Mamasapano probe (02.13.15)
Palace reiterates eagerness to find out the truth behind the Mamasapano incident (02.13.15)
International arbitration still country’s preference to resolve West Philippine Sea dispute, says Palace (02.13.15)
Palace asks for public vigilance after report of country’s first MERS-CoV infection (02.12.15)
Palace hopes emergency power to deal with possible power shortage still on track (02.12.15)
Military always ready to address any destabilization plot, says Palace (02.12.15)
Government implements preventive measures after report of MERS-CoV infection (02.11.15)
Justice Secretary: No law prohibits President Aquino from consulting former Police Chief Purisima (02.10.15)
Palace extends well wishes to President Aquino on his 55th birthday (02.08.15)
Palace announces fund allocations aimed at improving public education programs (02.08.15)
Palace: Armed Forces and National Police remain united (02.04.15)
Palace calls for calm amid public outcry over Mamasapano incident (02.04.15)
Palace acknowledges bills to create Mamasapano Truth Commission (02.03.15)
Government aims to create quality jobs to reduce unemployment, Palace says (02.03.15)
Palace says fallen Special Action Force Commandos could attain justice through national unity (02.01.15)
Mindanao peace process gets boost after the United Nations expressed support for Mindanao peace initiative (02.01.15)

January 2015

Government says stronger institutions mean stricter adherence to human rights (01.31.15)
Nation should not lose focus on attaining Mindanao peace, says official (01.31.15)
President Aquino vows continuing support to families of 44 slain SAF commandos (01.31.15)
President Aquino to lead National Day of Mourning for fallen police commandos (01.29.15)
Nation must not deviate from real issues confronting Mindanao, says Palace (01.29.15)
Government will continue to push for Mindanao peace process despite Maguindanao incident, says Palace official (01.26.15)
High-value terrorist ‘likely’ killed during encounter with police in Maguindanao, says Palace (01.26.15)
President Aquino's family commemorates Cory's 82nd birthday (01.26.15)
Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Senior Officials' Meeting begins on Monday, says Palace (01.25.15)
Palace condemns Zamboanga City explosion (01.25.15)
Philippines, U.S. reiterate South China Sea row must be settled through international arbitration, says Palace official (01.22.15)
Palace confident Gross Domestic Product would hit 6.5 to 7.5 percent target (01.22.15)
Government eyes long-term solution to traffic congestion, says Palace official (01.22.15)
Palace defends President Aquino's speech after his meeting with Pope Francis (01.20.15)
Government efforts to secure Pope Francis were effective, Palace official says (01.20.15)
Palace says Reproductive Health Law supports responsible parenting (01.20.15)
Palace acknowledges latest survey on administration's net satisfaction rating (01.20.15)
Palace official credits public cooperation for success of Papal visit (01.19.15)
The Philippines has become more open and diversified, says Palace official (01.15.15)
Palace fends off rumor on Manila ports’ closure during Pope Francis' visit (01.14.15)
Government to consider welfare of OFWs in imposing new policy on airport terminal fees (01.13.15)
Palace to politicians using Papal visit for political gain: Find another time for grandstanding (01.13.15)
Palace reiterates call to the public to cooperate with authorities during the Papal visit (01.11.15)
Palace condemns terror attacks in Paris (01.11.15)
Gender Equality Committee launches search for gender-fair media (01.09.15)
Palace calls for calm and order during the Feast of the Black Nazarene (01.08.15)
Palace: Those responsible for Bilibid explosion will be punished (01.08.15)
President Aquino meets with church leaders to iron out preparations for Pope Francis' visit (01.08.15)
Malacañang condemns killing of Abante reporter (01.08.15)
MRT, LRT fare hike means better services, new facilities, says Palace (01.06.15)
Palace defends MRT, LRT fare hike (01.04.15)
Government ready to assist Filipino seamen involved in the sunken Bahamian cargo ship (01.04.15)
Palace hopeful Congress will pass all its priority bills this year (01.04.15)
Government spells out options to address projected power shortfall in Luzon (01.02.15)
Security measures in place for visit of Pope Francis, says Palace (01.02.15)
Palace ready to work with Congress to address firecracker-related injuries, official says (01.02.15)

Secretary Coloma and UNESCO Director-General Bokova Reaffirm PH-UNESCO Partnership

Secretary Sonny Coloma meeting with UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova at UNESCO Headquarters

2 November 2015; Paris, France – Head of the Philippine delegation to the 38th General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Secretary Sonny B. Coloma, Jr. of the Presidential Communications Operations Office called on Director-General Irina Bokova on 2 November 2015 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.

Secretary Coloma conveyed the greetings of H.E. President Benigno S. Aquino III and expressed high regard for the efforts of the Director-General to promote UNESCO’s message of peace and humanism, especially on the occasion of the Organization’s 70th anniversary.

Secretary Coloma and Director-General Bokova reaffirmed the long-standing friendship and cooperation between the Philippines and UNESCO.  They noted with satisfaction ongoing and future cooperation projects in fields such as education, disaster resilience, and protection of cultural heritage.

Secretary Coloma highlighted the gains of the Philippine Government in the fields of UNESCO’s mandate under the leadership of President Aquino.  In particular, the K-12 reform of the education sector set out an inclusive framework for quality education and lifelong learning throughout the country, and the expanded conditional cash transfer program helped challenged families keep their children in school.

He briefed the Director-General on the Philippines’ measures to boost its disaster risk reduction capacities in wake of climate change and natural disasters, such as the launch of the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards, or Project NOAH.

Director-General Bokova praised the Philippines for its progress in human development and for being an active member of UNESCO, citing the Philippines’ constructive role as the Chair of the Group of 77 in UNESCO and in the World Heritage Committee.

Both Secretary Coloma and Director-General Bokova shared the hope for a successful 21st Conference of States Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 21) to be held in Paris later in the month.

In closing, Secretary Coloma pledged the Philippines’ continuing support to UNESCO, noting the Organization’s important functions in promoting peace and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. –END-

(L-R) UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, Secretary Sonny Coloma, Philippine Ambassador and Permanent Delegate Maria Theresa P. Lazaro, Assistant Secretary Cecile N. Javillonar and First Secretary Jesus Enrique G. Garcia II