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List of NGOs in the Philippines - geotayo.Com
Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation
Cocoa Foundation of the Philippines C. Party-List Groups
Benigno S. Aquino, Jr. Foundation
With the aim of protecting and sustaining forestry in the country, President Benigno Aquino issued last February 2011 Executive Order 23 Declaring a Moratorium on the Cutting and Harvesting of Timber in the Natural and Residual Forests and Creating the Anti-Illegal Logging Task Force.
Under EO 23, the DENR is prohibited from further issuing and renewing logging contracts and tree cutting permits pending the review and recommendation of the office of the environment secretary. The state environment agency is also directed to review existing logging agreements aiming to cancel violating parties. Furthermore, Aquino, in the same month and year, issued EO 26 establishing the National Greening Program aiming to grow 1.5 billion trees in 1.5 million hectares nationwide in six years, specifically from 2011 to 2016. Since its inception, Central Visayas has pitched positive remarks reaching the target 85 percent annual survival rate.
Val G. Abelgas | Balita - Filipino Newspaper Serving The Greater Toronto Area
Politics' ugly head became even more evident when during a talk to reporters, Aquino said he was considering closing the Daniel Romualdez Airport in Tacloban, which is currently undergoing rehabilitation, and building a new one that would cost P12 billion in Palo, Leyte, hometown of Energy Secretary and fellow Liberal Party stalwart Jericho Petilla.
It took all of 10 months before Aquino approved a comprehensive rehabilitation plan for Leyte and other affected provinces. Nobody has been keeping official count since the number reached 4,000 obviously because if the death toll reached 10,000 it would be a slap in the face of the President, who fired a Tacloban police official for insisting that the fatalities could reach 10,000 after Aquino had said only a few thousands had died. Estrada got about 25% of the votes, only about 15% less than eventual winner and now President Benigno Aquino III and 10% more than former Senate President Manny Villar, who was the frontrunner until Aquino came along. Estrada got about 25% of the votes, only about 15% less than eventual winner and now President Benigno Aquino III and 10% more than former Senate President Manny Villar, who was the frontrunner until Aquino came along. Aquino, having been reared by a traditional political clan, apparently knows this, that's why the first instance that Binay showed he is ready to cut his ties with him by making indirect attacks on his actions, the President immediately met with the Vice President obviously to reassure him that he remains a friend of the family. Until he and the Liberal Party find a viable candidate who can beat Binay, Aquino would be "mamangka sa dalawang ilog" to protect him from possible prosecution after his term ends. At this time, despite the "Operation: Nognog" as Binay's allies call the demolition job against him, the Vice President keeps an overwhelming lead in trust and performance ratings and in presidential surveys, and Aquino knows this. Nearly every senior LP members are tainted by the corruption scandals involving the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) and the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP), which have both been declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court, except perhaps for a few like Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Presidential Adviser on Agriculture Francis Pangilinan, and Local Governments Secretary Mar Roxas, but none of them pose a threat to Binay. Those who don't want Binay to be president, and that could include Aquino, would have to look elsewhere for a viable candidate. Good news appeared to have emerged from the Bali Democratic Forum in Indonesia where President Aquino was reported to have abandoned any possibility of staying beyond his six-year term that ends in 2016. "Aquino abandons term extension bid," said the banner story of Manila Bulletin last week. I read into the news but nowhere did I find a quote from Aquino that says he was categorically abandoning hopes of a second term. I found a copy of the speech and still found nothing about term extension. Obviously, the writer interpreted the speech wrongly, because right after his speech, Aquino told Malacanang reporters who accompanied him in the Bali forum that Filipinos may yet change their mind and agree to amend the Constitution so he can run again as president. The Bulletin banner was a clear case of quoting something out of context. In the speech, Aquino was talking of a leader's temptation to consider an authoritarian method when he said that he had reflected on the idea, but the lack of consent from his bosses prompted him to abandon any such thoughts. He was not referring to proposals of amending the Constitution to allow him to run for a second term. "As leaders, all of us here have our share of frustrations, borne of the many factors that sometimes hinder the realization of our vision. This breeds the temptation to consider an authoritarian method, as this might promise immediate gains," Aquino said. "Sitting down and reflecting on this idea, however, we realize that with the lack of consensus and consent from the people, such a mode which offers quick and short-term gains, may be detrimental to society in the long run," the President said. Obviously, Aquino was not at all referring to the second term plan because right after saying that, he told a press conference he was still hoping to get the nod of the people. "There is still the 18 percent undecided, but what if I get about 13 percent (in favor of term extension)? That means an absolute majority. And that's not hard to get," Aquino told the reporters. He was referring to the results of the latest Pulse Asia survey showing 62 percent of Filipinos against changing some provisions in the Constitution to remove term limits for officials and allow him to seek the presidency in 2016. The same poll showed that 38 percent of the respondents were in favor of political Charter change and 18 percent were undecided. Evidently, Aquino is still intent on a second term despite the survey results and despite the near improbability of amending the Constitution and getting the people to approve the changes in a plebiscite in the remaining 18 years before the 2016 presidential elections. Why would he bother calculating the possibilities if he weren't? Hopefully, the latest survey results released by Pulse Asia would finally awaken him to the reality that his "bosses," the people," no longer wanted him to continue ruling after June 30, 2016 even if the Constitution were amended. The survey, released on Monday, showed that only three in 10 Filipinos believe that President Benigno Aquino III has delivered on his promise of "daang matuwid" (straight path) brand of governance. The nationwide survey, conducted from September 8-15, revealed that only 29 percent of the 1,200 adult respondents believe that Aquino was able to fulfill his promise. On the other hand, 36 percent of the respondents said that he has failed to carry out "daang matuwid. Would it matter if the people believed one or two years ago that Aquino fulfilled his promise of curbing corruption and following the straight path? The point is the people now believe that Aquino failed to fulfill his promise. In fact, his many promises. How many more surveys before Aquino and his cohorts finally come to the realization that the people had enough of his administration's hypocrisy and lack of vision? Shortly before being proclaimed the official winner of the 2010 presidential elections, then Senator Benigno S. Aquino III reaffirmed his campaign promise - that his administration would make the passage of the Freedom of Information bill its priority. Aquino has obviously been taking the people, whom he proclaims to be his "bosses" for a ride because four years since, he still refuses to certify it as urgent, which would ensure swift passage of the measure considering his almost absolute control of the House of Representatives. Malacanang says the President cannot certify the bill as urgent because it does not involve a national emergency and Aquino was circumspect about using his presidential powers. If that happens, we will have another six years of doublespeak from Aquino and Malacanang on the fate of the FOI Bill. Stopped by the Supreme Court in two unanimous decisions from continuing to disburse funds without congressional authorization using two pork barrel programs - the Priority Development Assistance Program (PDAF) and the DAP - Aquino, through Budget Secretary Florencio Abad Jr., now wants more than P1.3 trillion in funds not covered by the General Appropriations Act at his disposal in 2015, the year before the 2016 presidential elections. While his spokespersons continue to assure the public that Malacanang respects and would abide by the Supreme Court decision, Aquino continues to defy the tribunal with these lump sum appropriations. In addition, he has basically challenged the court's definition of "savings" by asking Congress to redefine the word through a joint resolution. Aquino has never been known to accept defeat nor acknowledge a mistake. When the SC ruled unanimously to strike down a Truth Commission that he created to go after officials of the Arroyo administration, he made the Chief Justice pay for it with an impeachment. He has been at war with the Supreme Court since then. Aquino is putting both the Executive and Legislative branches in direct confrontation with the Judiciary, thereby putting in jeopardy the balance of power and checks-and-balance mechanisms established by the Constitution. The Supreme Court has remained silent throughout Aquino's tirades and schemes, but I don't think they are ready to buckle down. I'm almost certain the tribunal will again rule as unconstitutional any counter-move taken by Aquino and his cohorts.
Aquino and Binay got the most votes for president and vice president, respectively, on Tuesday as Congress, sitting as National Board of Canvassers, completed the canvass [...]
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