30 November 2013
President Benigno S. Aquino III marked the country’s 150th celebration of the birth anniversary of the ‘Ama ng Katipunan’, Gat Andres Bonifacio, saying Filipinos should relive his bravery and sacrifices for the Philippine independence.
This year’s theme is “Bonifacio: Dangal at Kabayanihan” and it is spearheaded by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP). This year’s event will hold various activities to commemorate the life of Bonifacio such as fun runs, film showings, lecture series, and educational tours to different Bonifacio sites in the National Capital Region (NCR) and in the provinces of Rizal and Cavite. Previously, NHCP launched the commemorative coin and stamp, as well as the Museo ng Katipunan, in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City.
In connection with the super typhoon that devastated the country recently, President Aquino compared how the courage of Bonifacio reflected those of the victims of ‘Yolanda’ with their strong will to pass the calamity. “Anumang tayog ng hamon, laging may pag-asa, laging may solusyon sa mga problemang kinakaharap sa lipunan,” the President said.
In the end, President Aquino reminded everyone that the legacy left by Andres Bonifacio will serve as a reminder to everyone of the continuing struggle of Filipinos to achieve the nation’s development.
“Hangga’t mayroong nananatiling nakatindig na bantayog ni Andres Bonifacio, hangga’t may bandila tayong matayog na nakapaskil sa kalangitan, ituloy lamang natin ang laban para sa mas makabuluhang kinabukasan ng buong sambayanan,” President Aquino concluded.
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Bonifacio National Monument, Caloocan City
30 November 2013
President Benigno S. Aquino III will lead the celebration of Gat Andres Bonifacio’s 150th birth anniversary, carrying the theme “Bonifacio: Dangal at Kabayanihan”, at his national monument in Caloocan City.
Spearheaded by the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), the event will commemorate the heroism of Andres Bonifacio through various activities beginning with the simultaneous flag-raising and wreath laying ceremonies in different Bonifacio historical sites nationwide to be led by President Aquino.
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) together with the Philippine Post Office will also presernt a commemorative coin and stamp to the President.
Other activities include a dance and band concert to be hosted later on by the local government of Caloocan City.
The event will be attended by different government officials and employees, diplomatic corps, veterans, officials of cultural agencies, teachers, students and invited guests including Bonifacio’s surviving relatives.
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28 November 2013
“Ibang-iba na nga po ang sitwasyon ngayon dito sa Bohol kumpara nang huli tayong nagkita noong Oktubre,” said President Benigno S. Aquino III in his address after inspecting the emergency steel bridge temporarily replacing the earthquake-collapsed Abatan bridge.
In his speech, President Aquino reported the quick response of the joint national and local government efforts to the damages caused by the earthquake that hit Bohol in October 15.
He said that after the 7.2 magnitude tremor and typhoons Yolanda and Zoraida, the power in Bohol province will be fully restored before the upcoming Christmas.
President Aquino also reported that more than P65 million was released for the repair of houses through the Housing Materials Assistance Program of the National Housing Authority.
He highlighted the construction of temporary steel bridges in Tagbuane and Abatan which were opened on November 5 and 23, respectively. He clarified that the government built temporary connectors to make sure that the concrete and permanent bridges will last.
The President also mentioned the New Bohol Airport which will be located in Panglao town and will replace Tagbilaran City Airport. He said that the new airport will provide improved tourism and business in the province and will also entail creation of more job opportunities for Boholanos.
The Chief Executive stated that the National Museum, National Commission for Culture and the Arts and the National Historical Commission of the Philippines are studying the rehabilitation of collapsed Bohol churches which are considered as National Cultural Treasures. “Darating ang panahon na maitatayo ang mga ito at muling ibabantayog ang mayamang kultura at pananalig ng mga Boholano,” he said.
President Aquino said that the government is not aspiring to just bring back the displaced families to their unsafe homes but to provide better living conditions to Boholanos and relocate them to safer pasteurs.
“Muli’t muli nating patunayan na walang hamon na hindi natin kayang lampasan, lalo’t may malasakit ang Pilipino sa kapwa Pilipino. Tulad ng ipinakita ng bawat Boholano, sabay-sabay tayong babangon sa anumang pagkadapa, at sa kahit anumang yanig at pagsubok, kapit-bisig na titindig ang buong bansa,” said the President in closing.
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28 November 2013
After the status briefing on the post-quake rehabilitation efforts in Bohol, President Benigno S. Aquino III proceeded to the town of Alburquerque to inspect the newly-installed temporary steel Tagbuane Bridge.
Tagbuane Bridge measures 31 lineal meters composed of modular steel-type bridge and has a total project cost of P2.4 million. It was made passable and open to the public on November 5.
The President was joined by Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson and Bohol Governor Edgardo Chatto during the visit.
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Tagbilaran City, Bohol
28 November 2013
President Benigno S. Aquino III assured the people of Bohol that the government is working to normalize and improve their living condition during a status briefing on the rehabilitation activities done in the province after it was struck with a 7.2 magnitude earthquake on October 15.
Cabinet secretaries including DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman, Energy Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla, Transportation and Communications Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson, Education Secretary Armin Luistro, Health Secretary Enrique Ona and National Housing Auhority General Manager Chito Cruz delivered their corresponding reports regarding the rehabilitation efforts executed by their agency.
Among the hardest hit towns in Bohol province are Loon, Maribojoc, Antequera, Sagbayan, Catigbian, Tubigon and San Isidro. The total relief assistance distributed to Boholanos amounted to more than P166 million.
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Ormoc City, Leyte
19 November 2013
“Magaling lahat kayo,” said President Benigno S. Aquino III as he paid a visit to Ormoc City, one of the heavily devastated areas in the province of Leyte.
On his arrival, he led the ceremonial distribution of relief goods packed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). He then headed straight to the city hall where he held a brief statement to some of the affected families present in the area.
In his remarks, President Aquino lauded these families for being strong and for setting a good example to others who had also been distressed by super typhoon Yolanda. “Tuloy lang niyo yung ehemplong ginawa niyo na ginagaya ng iba. May bagyo hindi natin maaawat, pero ‘yung gagawin pagkatapos ay talagang ipinamalas naman ninyo ‘yung muling pagbangon kaagad,” he said.
The President added that impoverished families, aside from those affected by the typhoon estimated to 900,000 and 28 countries have already expressed their intentions to help. He will return to Ormoc in a week, as he will hold meetings with his Cabinet members on concrete actions that can be done for this city.
Ormoc City is one of the high class cities in Leyte. On the onslaught of Yolanda (international name: Haiyan), rapid assessments show that there had been 34 casualties as of November 16. Actions are still being undertaken to provide assistance to ravaged areas, such as distribution of relief goods, medical missions and clearing operations.
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Roxas City, Capiz
10 November 2013
Following his visit to Tacloban City, President Benigno S. Aquino III flew to the province of Capiz where he distributed bags of relief goods to affected families in Barangay Culasi and held a briefing with different department heads and members of the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC).
According to the reports presented by Capiz Governor Vic Tanco, typhoon “Yolanda” has affected a total number of 92,753 families, leaving 20 casualties, 1 missing and 35 injured persons as of today. The local government had also prepared 292 evacuation centers providing shelter to 11,494 families.
Meanwhile, the Departments of Public Works and Highways, Health, Social Welfare and Development and other agencies are taking actions to clear roads, prepare food assistance, provide enough medicine supplies and other measures in ensuring the health and safety of the families.
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10 November 2013
President Benigno S. Aquino III arrived in Tacloban City, one of the devastated cities in Leyte as super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) slammed the whole Eastern Visayas region on Friday (8 November 2013).
In a briefing with the local Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (DRRMC), President Aquino personally checked the latest situation on the aftermath of the super typhoon. According to local information, Yolanda devastated 90 percent of life in Tacloban City, leaving establishments, buildings, and businesses in total wreckage. He roamed around the city where most of the residents wander to gather anything they could find.
Local people demanded for basic needs such as food, water, medicines, and shelter. But the authorities find it difficult to deliver goods because roads are not yet passable and that massive clearing operations must be undertaken. Moreover, communications in the city, especially from telecommunication providers, are in need of restoration after Yolanda ruined the lines of service.
Likewise, several policemen and soldiers are in full alert after reports of looting were reported due to lack of food and water supply. But so far, there are no reports of violence. However, President Aquino assured that the whole government force is always there to assist.
As of the latest, there are a total of 709 casualties in the whole Region 8 due to Yolanda, 98 of which came from Tacloban City.
Typhoon Yolanda is said to be the strongest typhoon that hit the world with maximum sustained winds of 235 km/hour near the center and gusts of up to 275 km/hour. It made five landfalls, ravaging Eastern Samar, Leyte, northern tip of Cebu, Bantayan Islands, and Panay.
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4 November 2013
President Benigno S. Aquino III received the executives of Marubeni Corporation, one of the largest general trading companies in Japan, at the Malacañan Palace.
Marubeni Corporation has been operating in the Philippines for 104 years now since its operation in 1909. It aims to develop a full line of businesses and extend these globally to capture the world’s economic growth to maximize corporate values. The corporation is expanding its investments in power generation, industrial estate, and construction machinery.
President Aquino was accompanied by Trade and Industry (DTI) Secretary Gregory Domingo, Energy (DOE) Secretary Carlos Jericho Petilla and Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya.
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Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City
4 November 2013
President Benigno S. Aquino III led the awarding rites to recognize the brave soldiers who fought during the Zamboanga siege that lasted for three weeks. The occasion was held after the flag raising ceremony at the Armed Forces of the Philippines General Headquarters in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
A total of 18 soldiers were awarded with medals to honor their exemplary and courageous acts during the conflict between the government troops and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF). In his speech, President Aquino commended the Philippine military, as well as the police force, for performing beyond the call of duty. He thanked them for ensuring the safety of all the Zamboangeños until the standoff was finished.
“Habambuhay pong babantayog ang inyong dedikasyon at propesyunalismo sa kasaysayan; magsisilbi kayong huwaran di lamang ng kasalukuyang henerasyon, kundi maging ng susunod na salinlahi,” he said.
Moreover, now that the conflict is over, the President assured that Zamboanga City will continue to receive support from the government to aid their rehabilitation. He guaranteed that food, water and health services will be provided to affected communities until they fully recover.
“Ibabangon natin ang Zamboanga mula sa nagdaang trahedya, at magkasama nating itataguyod ang kapayapaan sa kalakhang bansa,” President Aquino said.
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