THIS week, Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo established a special unit within the Philippine National Police, the Bureau of Fire Protection, and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology. The unit, named the Retirement and Benefits Administrative Service, will focus on managing and administering fund releases for retirement, separation, and pension benefits of retirees from the said offices. It shall be under the functional supervision of the respective Directorates for Personnel of the PNP, BFP, and BJMP.
Budget and Management Secretary Florencio B. Abad has disclosed that spending on social services and on infrastructure will get a significant boost in the proposed National Budget for 2012, consistent with President Aquino’s Social Contract with the Filipino People.
As Budget and Management Secretary Butch Abad has pointed out, the zero-based budgeting approach continues to be used to reduce or even eliminate funding for programs and projects that are irrelevant, inefficient or that are not aligned with the KRAs. If 2010 was the year of “Paggugol na Matuwid,” this year, as zero-budgeting becomes a habit, we can say the national budget’s orientation will be to make sure funding and services will be “diretso sa tao.”
Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Ramon J.P. Paje said that the Philippines has gained international high marks for its efforts to control air pollution. As the country has made a lot of progress in its efforts to clean the air since the enactment of the Philippine Clean Air Act (Republic Act 8749), Paje said that, “It is no surprise, then, that Yale University in 2010 gave us a fairly high grade in the air pollution criterion of its annual Environmental Performance Index (EPI).”
THE Department of Energy (DOE) expressed its full support for the signing of the extension of the Lifeline Rate for marginalized power customers, and the extension of the term of the Joint Congressional Power Commission (JCPC), as the President signed it into law last June 21, 2011 at Malacañang.
THE Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) welcomed the signing into law of the version of a bill lifting the night work prohibition for women workers, therefore giving women equal access to employment opportunities.