EDITORIAL: Solidarity through the Social Contract

A contract, by its definition, involves the mutual consent of two parties toward the fulfillment of a particular obligation. This is what the Aquino administration’s Social Contract with the Filipino people has always been: an expression of solidarity between the government and the citizens, based on the administration’s promise of instituting good governance and creating inclusive economic growth, as well as the dream it shares with the Filipino people of a better future for the Philippines.

Government releases P5.5 billion stimulus fund for various DPWH projects

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is now implementing an additional 376 projects worth P5.5 billion as part of the recently-disbursed stimulus fund. “The stimulus package came from our savings from unused appropriations in 2010 and first three quarters of 2011, as a result of our prudent spending,” said Secretary Rogelio L. Singson.

Elementary science schools get teaching-improvement subsidy

In line with its thrust to strengthen science and math education in the country, the Department of Education (DepEd) has set aside about P10 million aimed at enhancing the skills of teachers assigned to more than 100 special science elementary schools (SSES).

DepEd to continue GILAS Internet Project

All public high schools are to be connected to the Internet by 2012 – this was the promise made during the GILAS (Gearing up Internet Literacy and Access for Students) ceremonial turnover at Dusit Thani hotel in Makati City.

ASEAN Summit yields enhanced cooperation, solidarity

Last November 17-19, 2011, President Benigno S. Aquino III attended the 19th Association of Southeast Nations (ASEAN) Summit this year held in Bali, Indonesia, where he met with leaders from the ASEAN member states, as well as those from other countries and United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.

RoK President Lee Myung-bak visits the Philippines

Republic of Korea (RoK) President Lee Myung-bak was in the Philippines from November 20 to 22 for an official State Visit upon the invitation of President Benigno S. Aquino III. Among the activities included in the State Visit were a meeting between President Lee and President Aquino, a State Dinner, and a Korea-Philippines Business Forum organized by the Philippine and Korean Chambers of Commerce and Industry.