[Blueboard] Newsbriefs 1 December 2010 Wednesday
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Newsbriefs 1 December 2010 Wednesday
Simbahang Lingkod ng Bayan
House panel OKs amnesty to rebel soldiers (INQUIRER.net)
MANILA, Philippines-Following lengthy discussions, the committee on justice in the House of Representatives on Wednesday concurred with President Benigno Aquino III's proclamation granting amnesty to soldiers and enlisted personnel involved in three uprisings against the previous administration.
House Concurrent Resolution No. 8 tackles the revised Proclamation No. 75 that now clarifies that the amnesty will take effect "upon concurrence of a majority of all members of the Congress."
Lawmakers have requested for a revised proclamation after finding some provisions of the old Proclamation No. 50 questionable and vague. For example, it said that the effectivity of the proclamation would take effect immediately upon the signing of the President.
The new proclamation was unanimously approved by members of the justice committee.
Aquino scraps new tourism slogan (Agence France-Presse)
MANILA, Philippines-(UPDATE) President Benigno Aquino on Saturday ordered the scrapping of the Philippines' new tourism slogan after an attempted rebrand was criticized as boring and unattractive to tourists.
In the latest setback to attempts to revamp the country's image abroad, Aquino said a better slogan should replace the motto "Pilipinas Kay Ganda" (Philippines What a Beauty), which his government introduced just days ago.
"The (tourism) stakeholders don't sound content. So probably, we need to do more than just fine-tune it. We should look for something more fitting," Aquino told reporters.
Working women add voice in support of RH Bill (abs-cbnNEWS.com)
MANILA, Philippines - Working women have added their voices to the clamor for the passage of the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill, amid strong opposition from the Catholic Church.
In a press release, the Partido ng Manggagawa said the bill is "critical given the impact of the global financial crisis on working people and the poor, especially women."
The group said the rapid increase in population, due to lack of access to family planning services, is a "growing concern."
"As to the Catholic Church's irresponsible statement that modern contraception is a form of abortion, this distorts the scientific fact that pregnancy happens at implantation and not during conception as it boldly claims," the group said.
DSWD to spend P4B to give away P21B to the poor (Philippine Daily Inquirer)
MANILA, Philippines-The Department of Social Welfare and Development is spending P4 billion to hire 4,000 workers next year to implement its controversial P21-billion conditional cash transfer program, it was learned at the Senate deliberations on the budget for the agency Tuesday.
This spurred the senators to further question the validity of the Aquino administration's decision to double the budget for dole-out program initiated by the previous administration and transfer its supervision from the education and health departments to an undermanned agency like the DSWD.
Senator Franklin Drilon, chairman of the Senate finance committee, revealed that the DSWD planned to hire 4,000 employees, effectively doubling the number of its current workforce.
With the cost of the new hires plus the cost of administering the dole-outs, the DSWD would have no choice but to get roughly P4 billion from the P21-billion CCT budget for its administrative expenses, leaving only P17 billion for the actual cash grants.
Govt plans to consolidate state colleges (www.manilastandardtoday.com)
THE Commission on Higher Education is studying consolidating under-performing state universities and colleges as a result of the limited financing available to them, Malacañang said Tuesday.
"There have been calls to consolidate some [state colleges]," presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.
[The commission] releases the maintenance and other operating expenses of [those schools] based on their performance. [The commission] will be studying the matter."
Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said some of the 110 state schools were "not viable."
"A possible direction for [their] reform is through consolidation, having strong and focused centers of excellence and state university systems such as the University of the Philippines and the Mindanao State University rather than hundreds of individual [schools]."
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