NEWS - 12 October 2016
PCO Sec. Andanar's statement on the President's excellent trust rating
MANILA, Oct. 13 -- The latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey showing President Rodrigo Duterte enjoying excellent trust rating clearly affirms the Filipino people’s faith and confidence in his leadership.
The variance in his June (+79) and September (+76) ratings, is not significant to indicate a change of people’s sentiment given the margin of error of each survey. The +-3% margin of error suggests the range estimates would fall if the survey is repeated many times with different samples.
In the case of the June survey, the range of the President’s trust rating falls between +76 to +82 while his September trust rating falls between +73 to +79.
President Duterte has maintained his excellent trust ratings for two consecutive quarters. This will further motivate his administration to continue what he started in his first 100 days--fighting illegal drugs and crime, combating terrorism, curbing corruption, and sustaining the momentum of economic growth.
This also validates the people's full support for his reform agenda of "tunay na pagbabago" or real change that swept him to the presidency in the May election.
The Duterte administration is committed to good governance anchored on the twin principles of transparency and accountability that will lead to lasting peace, political stability and inclusive economic progress in the years ahead. The Filipino people deserve no less. (PCO)
DOT eyes Pacman fight in the PHL
MANILA, Oct. 12 -- Tourism Secretary Wanda Teo has expressed optimism that Senator Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao might be able to stage a boxing bout in the Philippines, which will be a big boost to the Philippines’ sports tourism.
With the signing of the contract afoot for the country’s hosting of the Miss Universe pageant on 30 January 2017, Teo said the Department of Tourism is banking on sporting events like boxing championships as a potential visitor market.
“Sen. Pacquiao no doubt can help us score a knockout victory in terms of international visitor arrival if he were to fight in the Philippines. Imagine how the world stops to watch it against the backdrop of, let’s say Cebu City,” Teo said.
Any of Pacquiao’s top rivals Floyd Mayweather, Jr. and Jose Manuel Marquez would be most welcome in the Philippines if only boxing promoters can make it happen.
The DOT also looks to infuse more funding to promote diving tourism as more and more diving enthusiasts discover the Philippine waters as a best-kept secret destination.
DOT Undersecretary for Media Affairs and Public Advocacy Katherine de Castro said the agency thrust to increase the country’s boost up 1.7 percent market share of the 7.3 million active divers worldwide.
Deep diving enthusiasts from India, Spain, Italy, Switzerland, France, the Netherlands, and the Middle East attended the recent Dive Resort Travel (DRT) PH Show at the Megatrade Hall, SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City. More are expected to attended the Diving Equipment an Marketing Association Show (DEMA) which will be held in Las Vegas on 11-14 November 2016.
“It is time to showcase our marine biodiversity as the Philippines becomes a preferred diving destination with the richest concentration of marine life in the entire planet,” said De Castro, a diving enthusiast herself. (DOT)
Rehabilitation for ‘Ferdie’-struck families to start this month
QUEZON CITY, Oct. 12 -- After being hit by the strongest typhoon this year, rehabilitation for the families struck by Typhoon ‘Ferdie’ in Batanes will finally start this October following the intense planning and assessment made by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Provincial Government of Batanes, and other member agencies of the National Disaster Risk Reduction & Management Council (NDRRMC).
As of October 6, the DSWD has already downloaded funds to DSWD-FO II for the implementation of the early recovery and rehabilitation efforts to assist the affected families.
The rehabilitation efforts include the already ongoing Cash-for-Work for 4,549 individuals amounting to P18,331,875, Emergency Shelter Assistance (ESA) for 2,241 families with damaged houses amounting to P30,550,000, and a Project Management and Administrative Support Fund of P2,241,386. Overall, the rehabilitation efforts amount to P51,123,261.
DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said that the immediate rehabilitation of Batanes is vital to ensure that the affected families can regain their normal lives and functioning.
She also lauded the people of Batanes for their resiliency and cited the strong coordination of national and local agencies involved in disaster response for their prompt delivery of genuine services to the typhoon victims.
It can be recalled that at 12:15 am on September 14, Typhoon ‘Ferdie’ made landfall in Itbayat, Batanes. Carrying winds of up to 220 kph, it was the strongest to have ever hit the country this year. The people of Batanes, while accustomed to being hit by storms and have adapted quite effectively, were heavily affected.
The DSWD then, responded with a relief mission whereby relief goods were airlifted to Basco, Batanes via C130 to be distributed to affected families. Relief goods that were initially airlifted and distributed included 600 Family Food Packs (FFPs), 20,000 Ready-to-Eat Food (RTEF) Brown Rice Bars, Bottled Water, Malongs, and two Generator sets as communication was also down in the province.
As relief missions continued , the Department has now augmented to the Provincial Local Government Unit (PLGU) a total of 1,000 FFPs, 5,000 pieces of Malong, 29,240 pieces of RTEF Brown Rice Bars, 4 sets of Generators, 318 boxes of Canned Goods, 5,600 pieces of Candles, 10 rolls of ropes, and 5,000 330ml bottled water donated by Maynilad Water Services, Inc.—all amounting to P2,984,592. All in all, the total assistance provided to Batanes has amounted to P3,679,792.
Furthermore, help in the form of Psychosocial Support Processing (PSSP) was also provided so as to relieve those who underwent stress during the onslaught of the Typhoon.
While the displaced families have already gone back to their respective homes, further assistance has yet to reach them as the Department is still to provide intervention through shelter assistance and Cash-for-Work (CFW). (DSWD)