Rep. Arnel Ty (LPGMA) filed House Resolution 766 to Investigate conflict between two Cycling groups

A lawmaker said the country may again lose in the cycling game during the 2011 South East Asian Games this year if the government will fail to settle the "infighting" between two groups claiming to be the legitimate organization.

Rep. Arnel Ty (Party-list, LPGMA) has filed House Resolution 766 urging the House Committee on Youth and Sports Development to summon the two groups to settle their differences before the House body.

Ty said the conflict between the two organizations of Integrated Cycling Federation of the Philippines (ICFP) has already affected the training of the Filipino cyclists who are expected to join the South East Asian Games this November.

"The conflict between the two organizations may even bring an end to all the achievements of Filipino cyclists, coaches and the generous support coming from Filipino patrons and fans as well as the chance of enabling a Filipino to win a gold medal in the Asian and Olympic games in the future," Ty said.

"The problem confronting the sport in the country will again duplicate the sad experience in the 2009 SEA Games where we lost the chance to bring home a number of gold medals and also dampened the spirits of Filipino cyclists," Ty added. 

Ty said the two organizations of ICFP have both held a national open cycling championship last December 2010 for the purpose of selecting the Philippine cycling delegates to the South East Asian Games.

Ty said the Philippines has already proven that Filipino cyclists are capable of leading and winning medals in the international athletic competitions like the South East Asian Games and Asian Games.

"From 2003 to 2007 the Philippines won eight gold, eight silver and nine bronze medals in the South East Asian Games but none in 2009 and in the Asian Games the country got four bronze medals from 1982-1998," Ty said.

In 2006, Ty said the country's cycling delegates failed to win any medal in the Asian Games but they were able to break all Philippine records during the competitions. 

"However, come 2010 our cycling delegates in the same competition were not only able to win any medal, they also failed to break existing Philippine records," Ty said.

Ty said in 2009 Philippine cycling delegates to the South East Asian Games were not able to participate and compete due to the existence of two organizations within the ICFP. 

"Both are claiming to be the legitimate national sports association that would represent the country in any international athletic competition," Ty said.

Sen. Pia Cayetano on Willing Willie's Jan-jan Controversy: "It is very disturbing that this incident took place"

Senator Pia S. Cayetano today weighed in on the controversy created by the March 12 episode of 'Willing Willie' on TV5 during which a six-year-old boy, known only as 'Jan-Jan,' was made to gyrate like a macho dancer during one of the show's segments.

"It is very disturbing that this incident took place," said Cayetano, who chairs the Senate Committee on Youth, Women and Family Relations. "The producers of shows should be mindful that the rights of the child are respected all the time, on and off the air."

"In this case, the issuance of a public apology by TV5, the producers of 'Willing Willie' and Mr. Revillame himself indicates their recognition of the wrongful act that had been committed."
"I hope this unfortunate incident serves as a lesson to all on the importance of respecting the rights of the child and prevents similar occurrences in the future."

Senator Kiko Pangilinan to Introduce Amendments on Impeachment Rules

Senator Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan filed Senate Resolution 441 which would allow "the Senators to immediately vote on whether or not the impeachment is sustained when the presentation of evidence and arguments by the parties on one article of impeachment is completed; and if the impeachment shall not be sustained by the votes of two-thirds of all the Members, the presentation of evidence for the next article of impeachment shall commence accordingly."

Pangilinan says the amendments proposed seek to make the impeachment trial of Ombudsman Merceditas Gutierrez more efficient in the usage of both time and resources of the Senate. "Based on records of previous impeachment trial, it took the Senate nearly three months to cover two of four articles. With six articles, it is possible that the trial could drag on for a year, thereby affecting the entire legislative performance of the Senate."

According to the rules of impeachment, "In the event that the prosecutors from the House of Representatives prove the case against Ombudsman Gutierrez in only one of the six articles, she will be formally removed from public office." Pangilinan says that therefore, the Senate need not vote on all six articles of impeachment. If the Ombudsman has been convicted of one of the articles, the Senate may decide that subsequent votes on the remaining articles are unnecessary.

Senator Bong Revilla Statement on PLDT's acquisition of Digitel provider of Sun Cellular

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The Senate Public Services Committee has asked the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) to prepare a study on the possible effects of PLDT's acquisition of Digitel on the local Telecommunications Market, and to submit it to the Committee in the next two weeks.

The NTC, which is the country's Telecoms regulator, is in the best position to assess the impact of this transaction on consumers and the public in general. While, a change of ownership of corporations is usually ordinary business, this is not the case here as Telecommunications is imbued with public interest, and we must ensure that public interest is upheld in this transaction.

Additional consideration must be given to the fact that if the acquisition pushes through, PLDT will undoubtedly be owning a great chunk of the Mobile Phone industry, being the owner of Piltel, Smart, Cure, and eventually Digitel.
The committee is now conducting Technical Working Group meetings on the reorganization of the NTC to give the agency broader powers in overseeing the Telecoms Industry. There are already proposals to empower the NTC to monitor pricing and competition, and another proposal to consider is to give NTC the mandate to oversee the acquisition of Telecom companies by other Telecom companies.

Sen. Escudero on Impeachment of Ombudsman Gutierrez

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Transcript of Kapihan sa Senado
First part

Can you give us a run through of what's going to happen come May 9 on the trial?
Come May 9, ang session ng Senado magsisimula ng alas-diyes ng umaga hanggang mga alas-dose o alas-dos ng hapon. Alas-dos ng hapon, for the first time magco-convene ang Senado bilang Impeachment Court. Alalahanin natin, Senado pa rin 'yan, pero gumagalaw bilang isang Impeachment Court. Ang kauna-unahang gagawin, susumpa kami bilang miyembro ng Impeachment Court dahil ibang trabaho ito sa legislation na ordinaryong trabaho ng isang Senador at ng Senado. Magsusuot yata kami ng robe sa araw na 'yun. Pero 'nung araw lang na 'yun at hindi sa mga susunod na araw pa.

Do we take it that the articles of impeachment have been sent to the Ombudsman?
It has been received already by the Senate, officially transmitted to the Senate, but until such time that our rules shall have been published, and fifteen days have lapsed after its publication, doon pa lamang magiging final 'yung rules. Meaning, official na 'yun at applicable na. Under the rules, bibigyan ng kopya ang respondent sa kasong ito, si Ombudsman Gutierrez, para siya ay mag-hain ng sagot sa loob ng limang araw, kung hindi ako nagkakamali. Matapos noon, pwede magsubmit ng reply 'yung mga taga-usig o prosecutors, at pwede magsubmit ng rejoinder ang Ombudsman kung kanyang nanaisin para ika nga, mag-join 'yung issues, at magsimula na ang paglilitis at trial.

All this is going to happen before May 9?
It depends on the Senate President because under our rules, the Senate President can issue processes. This can include the issuance of summons to the Ombudsman herself. Pwedeng gawin 'yan ni Senate President Enrile during recess, o pwede niyang gawin once nagconvene na rin 'yung Impeachment Court dahil may kaunting technicality. Hindi pa rin sumusumpa si Senate President Enrile bilang miyembro ng Impeachment Court na magbigay sa kanya ng kapangyarihan na (inaudible) ang mga process na ito.

Si SP lang ba ang susumpa o lahat kayo as jurors?
Lahat kami pero kabilang din siya. Lahat kami susumpa as jurors kabilang ang Senate President. At 'yung kapangyarihan niya, marahil mag-aattach lang 'yun pagkatapos niyang sumumpa bilang isa ring juror, at dagdag doon, presiding officer.

Susumpa before who?
Ang kasunduan 'yata namin, sa pinaka-batang Senador matapos sumumpa lahat naming Senador sa kanya. Si Senator Trillanes. Hindi youngest looking. Sana si Bong Revilla?

The impression is come May 9, wala ng seremonya?
Baka hindi pa, gaya ng sinabi ko. Baka doon pa lang mag-iissue ng order ang Senate President na padalhan ng kopya, at may limang araw para sumagot so siguro after one week pa actual na magsisimula 'yung paglilitis na sisimulan ng opening statement mula sa magkabilang panig, tapos dudugtungan 'yan ng actual na presentasyon ng ebidensiya sa panig ng prosecution.

Most of us here have ideas of how jurors are going to answer this question--is your vote going to be influenced by party lines?
I think it is unfair to assume na boboto ang mga Senador base sa party lines. Ako personally, tutol ako at hindi sang-ayon na bumoto ang mga Senador bilang juror base sa party lines. Bakit? Ginawa sa amin ito nung nagdaang Kongreso, nung ako ay nasa House of Representatives pa lamang. Nung ako ay nag-susulong o isa sa nagsu-sulong ng impeachment complaint laban kay Pangulong Arroyo, nakumbinse namin, wala namang masagot 'yung mga Kongresistang sumuporta sa impeachment. Pero sa dulo, hindi pa rin bumoto at ang ginamit na rason ay may party position daw sila. Naniniwala ako na dapat individual na konsiyensiya at determinasyon ng kada miyembro ang dapat na pagbasihan nito. Ngayon, may mga magtatanong, dapat ba naka-base lang 'yan sa ebidensiya, o nakabase lang 'yan sa public opinion na nagsasabing ang mayorya, gusto ito? May rason kung bakit puro pulitiko ang involved sa impeachment process. Pag sinabi kong pulitiko, puro halal ng bayan. Ang mga Kongresista ay halal ng bayan, kami ay halal ng bayan. Obligasyon namin bilang kinatawan nila, dalhin at ihatid ang boses at boto nila dito. Dahil kung tutuusin natin at ating susuriin, sa isang representative democracy, hindi ang mga Congressman at Senador ang may-ari ng kanila at aming mga boto. Ang may-ari ay kayo, ang sambayanan. At bahagi ng trabaho namin ang paghatid at pagdala ng boses na 'yun dito sa Senado. May part din na i-exercise namin ang sarili naming discretion. At kung sakali, huhusgahan kami sa desisyon na 'yan sa darating na halalaan, para doon sa amin na muling haharap sa halalan sa darating na panahon.

Sir, it is a political exercise as they say but it also has a character of a court and of the 23 sitting senators, you only have 10 lawyers?
It has a character of a court but only with one aspect and respect only, due process. Obligasyon namin, duty namin, abogado man o hindi. Bilang isang institution, political process man ito, na bigyang due process ang sino mang haharap sa hukuman na ito. Due process para sa prosecution, due process lalong lalo na para sa akusado or respondent dahil ito ang nag re-require ng sanlalawigang batas sa lahat ng proceedings na isinagawa sa atin, na judicial or quasi-judicial in nature. Impeachment lang ang tanging korte na hindi pwede umapila ang decision. Once nag botohan na ang mga senador, once nag acquit or convict, hindi ito pwedeng iapila sa Korteng Supreme. Hindi rin pwedeng mag motion for reconsideration, wala rin appeal para ibotohan ulit. Minsan botohan lang ito tapos tapos na at walang pwedeng takbuhan forum or korte ang sinumang sa palagay niya ay agrabiyado sa decision ng Senado.

Halimbawa, nag decision na 2/3s, right away the Ombudsman
That decision is immediately executory to my mind and final at hindi na kailangang mag hintay pa ng publication or 15-day notice, ng 5-day or 10-day or 15-day period to appeal or seek a motion for reconsideration. Wala na pong ganyan. Once natapos na ang botohan an fi-nile na, 'yun nay un.

With only 10 lawyers, hindi kaya, Sir, magkalat kayo in the questioning?
Hindi naman kasi lahat naman ay experienced in questioning sa mga committee ng Senado at halos wala naman pinakaiba 'yon. Mayroon naman mga abogado mag kabilang panig na maaaring maghain ng kanilang tutol o pag-alala sa kanilang kliyente bago magsasagot, kaugnay ng anumang itatanong o ibabato ng isang member ng Senado.

Nakalagay na 'yun doon na hiwalay ang botohan kada article of impeachment. Hindi tulad ng ginawa ng House of Representatives, nilista 'yung anim, tapos minsan lang sila nagbotohan para sa anim. Nasa Rules namin, each article will be voted upon separately. Tapusin ang isa, botohan agad dahil kung conviction ng isa't-isa, huwag na lang ituloy. Sa akin pwedeng pagpasyahan na 'yun ng Senado sa plenary as a court at hindi na kailangan ilagay 'yun sa Rules. Pangalawa, may ebidensyang ipi-prisenta para sa isa siguro konektado rin sa pangalawa. Pangatlo, baka makita ito ng bias or direction or pag kiling kaugnay sa botong pinakita ng ang isang senador kaugnay sa isang article of impeachment. Tututol ako sa Rules kung 'yan laman ang aamyendahan dahil kailangan na naman ipublish 'yung amendment na 'yun bago kami mag reconvene. So ibig sabihin pag resume naming, aamiyendahan, ipupublish na naman, maghihintay na naman kami ng 15-araw bago kami mapagsimula. Alalahanin lang natin na ayon sa President's tradition at practice, hindi na co-convene ang impeachment court habang naka recess ang Kongreso, dahil ito ay isang trabaho lamang nag Senado at isang trabajo lang ng House of Representatives. Kapag hindi nase-session ang House at ang Senate, hindi rin pwedeng magkaroon ng ibang function ang Senado at plenaryo kaugnay na pagdinig nito.

You have six articles, Sir, do you think you can finish it in five weeks of sessions?
I think we will find that out from both sides. Ilan ba testigo ang balak ipresenta ang prosecution? Hindi pa namin alam 'yan. Ilang testigo ba ang balak ipresenta ng respondent? Hindi pa rin namin alam iyan.

So you have to finish the trial before you go sine die?
Not necessarily, kung hindi pa talaga tapos, ano naman gagawin naming? Basta magpapatuloy yan 4 days a week, mas marami pa kaysa ordinaryong session ng Senado, mas mahaba pa sa session ng Senado matapos namin mag resume sa May 9, hanggang matapos maliban kung may recess.
Example, Sine Die na and walang pang masyadong accomplishment sa trial?
Suspend, hanggang mag resume kami pag mag resume 'yung Kongreso.

MMDA Contingency Plans on Piston's Transport Strike

Metropolitan Manila Development AuthorityImage via WikipediaThe Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) today bared its contingency measures in the wake of an impending protest action to be staged by transport groups on Thursday. 

During an inter-agency meeting held at the MMDA head office, Chairman Francis Tolentino announced the agency is ready to dispatch more than sixty vehicles to provide free transportation to the public in case of a transport paralysis. 

"We will provide all the necessary services and manpower to make sure that the commuting public will not be inconvenienced by the protest action," Tolentino said. 

The meeting was attended by General Nicanor Bartolome of the Philippine National Police, National Capital Region Police office, Dante Lantin of the Land Transportation Office, Colonel Rene Santos of the Armed Forces of the Philippines National Capital Region Command, Attorney Manuel Iway of the Land Transportation Franchise Regulatory Board, and local government officials from the cities of Manila, Mandaluyong, Pasay, and Quezon City. 

Around 200 jeepneys are expected to join the protest caravan which will start at the Quezon City Memorial Circle (QCMC) all the way to Mendiola in Manila. 

The MMDA chief called on the motorists to avoid using the main roads from the QCMC to Mendiola through Quezon Avenue as heavy traffic is expected due to the caravan. 

According to Tolentino, the following alternate routes to and from the said areas can be used by the public: 

West bound, from QCMC right to North Avenue, straight to Edsa, take u-turn slot at SM North, right to West Avenue, right to Del Monte, left to Araneta Avenue, then right to Ma. Clara Street, straight to Andalucia, to destination. 

East bound, from Recto straight to Sergio Loyola Street, straight to Matimyas, right to E. Rodriguez Avenue, left to Banawe or straight to Araneta Avenue then straight to Edsa, to destination.

No significant number of Filipinos on Death row in China after Ramon Credo, Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, and Elizabeth Batain

A March 31, 2011 press release by the Department of Foreign Affairs
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) clarifies that there are no significant number of Filipinos on death row in China.
There were originally six death penalty convictions, without reprieves, which reached the Supreme People’s Court of China in Beijing. Three of these convictions were eventually affirmed by China’s highest court, namely those of Ramon Credo, Sally Ordinario-Villanueva, and Elizabeth Batain.
On the other hand, the penalties in two of the six convictions were lowered by the high court from death penalty (without reprieve) to death penalty with two-year reprieve.
The equivalent of death penalty with two-year reprieve in Philippine law is automatic commutation to life imprisonment, provided the individuals concerned conduct themselves with good behavior within the two-year period.
With five criminal convictions resolved, only one case, which also concerns trafficking of illegal drugs, remains pending review before China’s highest court. The Philippine Consulate concerned has been fully assisting the Filipino involved in this case. High level representations for clemency on his behalf have also been made by Philippine officials at various levels and on numerous occasions.
Earlier, 73 Filipinos facing drug trafficking charges in China were saved from death row when they were meted death penalties with two-year reprieves, which in Philippine legal parlance is equivalent to life imprisonment.  Each of them were assisted by legal counsels and Philippine Consulate General officials in China from their arrests and during their criminal trials and appeals.
In an affidavit signed on March 26 in Xiamen, Sally Ordinario-Villanueva affirmed that she received full legal and consular assistance from the Philippine Consulate General in Xiamen and the Philippine Government.
During her trial she stated, “I was provided legal representation by the Court, as well as legal and consular assistance by the Philippine Consulate General in Xiamen. The Court also provided an English interpreter for my hearings at the Xiamen Municipal Intermediate People’s Court on June 24, 2009 and the Fujian Provincial Higher People’s Court on October 23, 2009.”
“Upon my request, the Philippine Consulate General in Xiamen also provided a Filipino interpreter during the hearing conducted by the Intermediate Court to help me communicate properly with the Chinese Court.”
“With the help of the Philippine Consulate General in Xiamen, I filed for an appeal … with the Fujian Provincial Higher People’s Court…”

President Aquino Speech during the load-out Ceremony of the AG&P Co. at Batangas

His Excellency Benigno S. Aquino III
President of the Philippines
During the load-out ceremony for the British Petroleum (BP) whiting refinery project of the Atlantic, Gulf & Pacific Company of Manila
[Delivered at the Heavy Fabrication Yard of the AG&P, San Roque, Bauan, Batangas on March 31, 2011]
P-NoyImage via WikipediaKauna-unahang pagkakataon kong makabalik ng Batangas—hindi ho ako naimbita ni Mark [Leviste] masyado ho dito—kaya sasamantalahin ko na hong magpasalamat talaga sa suportang iginawad ninyo sa atin, na siyang naging daan, o nagbigay-daan, para naman po talagang mapunta tayo sa tuwid na landas. Maraming, maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat.
Kadalasan po, ‘pag nagtatalumpati tayo, Tagalog po ang ginagamit nating salita. Ngayon pong napunta tayo sa Batangas, minabuti po ng aking mga manunulat na gumawa ng talumpati sa Ingles. Medyo hindi ko ho maintindihan kung bakit nagkaganoon. [Laughter] Kaya pagpapasensyahan na ho ninyo, maraming importanteng kailangang masabi. Sasabayan ko na po muna itong talumpati sa paraan na kanila pong isinulat:
The story of the Atlantic, Gulf & Pacific (AG&P) Company of Manila is one that is very familiar to us. AG&P was one of the leading industrial engineering companies in the world. But it fell on hard times. Now, after a long period of recovery, it is back on its feet, recognized as one the most experienced steel fabrication and engineering firms in the Philippines.
This story is familiar to us because this, too, is our story—a story of a country once among the most prosperous in Asia that had fallen on hard times—a country that, today, is solidly on the path of recovery and rediscovery. The story of AG&P is very much like the story of the Philippines.
Today, we are building further on these similarities. As we stand here in this facility, both AG&P and the Philippines scan the horizon with a newfound sense of confidence and optimism.
There are many positive things on our horizon. Despite the turmoil in the Middle East and Japan’s current crisis, our economy continues to grow. In 2010, our construction sector, in particular, experienced a 10.5 percent growth and contributed 1.6 percent to our Gross Domestic Product growth. This year, prospects are just as bullish, and AG&P will be one of the reasons for this. On behalf of the Filipino people, we all thank you.
As one of the most experienced steel fabrication and engineering firms in the Philippines, it comes as no surprise that your company’s excellence and expertise has also been given recognition outside the country. For one, you have been awarded an initial 130 million dollar contract by U.S. engineering firm Bechtel to create modules for a liquefied natural gas facility in Australia. Moreover, you are set to undertake a number of similar projects in Australia as well, with an estimated value of 10 billion dollars over the next seven years. For all of this, again, congratulations. We are all proud of you.
I must also add, however, that while these triumphs underscore your competence on a global scale, these also emphasize the talent and skill of the Filipino worker. You have been employing Filipinos and sending them to the Middle East, Africa, Russia, New Caledonia, and many other countries. Thank you for giving our workers a stage in which they can show the world what they are truly capable of.
Even with your success in partnering with companies abroad, you have played a significant role here as well—specifically in the Malampaya Offshore Gas Field project, which is the largest source of natural gas in the Philippines. Natural gas contributes to 44 percent of our power generating capacity in Luzon, and at least 34 percent nationwide.
Indeed, your efforts provide a big lift to our country’s economy. However, I would like to assure everyone here that our administration will not leave all the heroics to you. Just as you have excelled in your industry, just as you have impressed the world with the quality in which you deliver, we are doing everything we can to build an environment where business can thrive and prosper—and employ people. It is important that we do this, especially at this point in time, when many of our countrymen have been repatriated because of the conflict in the Middle East. Many of them are currently looking for jobs, and we want to make sure that they can put their skills to good use in successful companies such as AG&P. Through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), we have already prioritized our repatriated citizens for free skills training programs. These will help them land new jobs or venture into entrepreneurship. Moreover, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has been burning the midnight oil—coordinating with local business organizations and with recruiting agencies to find jobs for our repatriated OFWs. I hope that you can join in this initiative and extend your assistance further, particularly to Filipino engineers displaced by the turmoil in Libya. Let us have our workers ply their trade back here, where they can help Filipino companies with their talents.
As we strive to create a more attractive business environment, we have begun a number of projects, many of which may be of some interest to you. For one, we are planning the establishment of three natural gas pipeline projects within the next three years, primarily in Luzon, amusingly named “BatMan 1,” which is Batangas to Manila 1, “BatMan 2,” Bataan to Manila, and finally “BatCave,” which is Bataan to Cavite. [Laughter] Ang with an energetic governor like Governor Vilma Santos-Recto, “Batgirl” is also present. [Laughter]
And we continue to support the exploration, development, and utilization of natural gas.
Both of our stories have reached a point where we can be confident again—confident in each other, in ourselves, and in our respective and shared paths to success, and this load-out ceremony is an embodiment of that confidence. But we do not want this confidence to end here. We want it to reach every Filipino. We want our people to feel their potential for success and to actually actualize it. We want them to know that they are world class—that their products and services can be appreciated on a global scale by some of the biggest companies in the world, such as British Petroleum and Bechtel. This optimism should be felt by all of us, and it should lead to benefits not just in our economy, but more importantly, in the way our people live.
The prosperity of our nation should be judged by the prosperity of our people, and thus, we will make certain that they actively benefit from each step we make toward progress. The same way AG&P and the Philippines share similar stories, all Filipinos share one national story—one that reminds us of our collective task to make sure that we move forward together; that no one is left behind. This is what our country asks of us, and together, we must respond. We must ensure that daylight will continue to guide us for years to come.
At bago po ako magtapos: Talaga naman pong nakaka-impress ang nagawa ninyo dito. Ako po’y noong bata, nahihirapang gumawa ng mga puzzle. ‘Yung mga kapatid ko pong babae mas magaling gumawa ng mga puzzle. So ang nagpa-puzzle ho sa akin ngayon: Paano ho kaya natin ikakarga lahat nitong mga kinonstruct [construct] n’yo dito sa barko pong ito. Pero sa palagay ko po, sa pagkadalubhasa n’yo ay pati iyan naka-schedule na, naplano nang maayos, at baka ho ahead of schedule pa. Talaga po, itong araw na ito, pinakita ninyo ang gilas ng Pilipino. Talagang, mabuhay po kayo. Maraming-maraming salamat sa lahat, at ipagpatuloy po natin ang pagtungo sa tuwid na landas.
Listen to PNoy Speech.

Executive Order No. 31 - Establishment of a Comprehensive Database on Government Manpower

The Flag of the President of the PhilippinesImage via WikipediaWHEREAS, Section 22, Article VII of the Constitution requires the President to submit to Congress the yearly national budget as the basis of the General Appropriations Bill;
WHEREAS, Section 3, Chapter I, Title XVII, Book IV of Executive Order No. 292, otherwise known as the “Administrative Code of 1987″, mandates the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to assist the President in the preparation of the national budget as an instrument of national development to ensure that public funds are utilized effectively;
WHEREAS, there is a need to strengthen the results-orientation of the budget, and afford full transparency and accountability in all government expenditure operations;
WHEREAS, the Personal Services (PS) appropriations comprise more than thirty-two percent (32%) of the national budget so the government should have complete and accurate data on its manpower complement in order to effectively manage and control its PS expenditures;
WHEREAS, the DBM currently administers the Government Manpower Information System (GMIS), a computer-based management information system on government manpower in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches, including Constitutional Offices, and utilizes the same for budget and personnel management purposes;
WHEREAS, the existing GMIS does not cover the military personnel of the Department of National Defense (DND), uniformed personnel of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), casual and contractual government personnel, and personnel of the government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs) and government financial institutions (GFIs);
WHEREAS, the effective management and control of PS expenditures require the urgent coverage in the GMIS of all personnel in all these aforementioned departments and agencies, including GOCCs, GFIs, and Constitutional Offices, through the enhancement and continuous development of this information system in order to accurately determine the government’s manpower complement for budget management purposes.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby order the following:
SECTION 1. Establishment of a Comprehensive Database on Government Manpower. The DBM shall establish a comprehensive database on government manpower within three (3) years from the issuance of this Executive Order. For this purpose, the existing GMIS shall be enhanced to provide a complete and accurate database of all positions, incumbents, and authorized compensation in the Executive, Legislative, and Judicial Branches of the government, including GOCCs, GFIs, and Constitutional Offices.
SECTION 2. Submission of Agency Personnel Information. All heads of departments and agencies of the national government shall submit immediately to the DBM complete information, to include positions, incumbents, and authorized compensation, on all their respective civilian, military, and uniformed personnel complement, whether regular, casual or contractual in nature, regardless of the funding source of their PS requirement: Provided, that the DND, DILG, Philippine Coast Guard, and National Mapping and Resource Information Authority shall submit their roster of military or uniformed personnel, as the case may be, within the first half of the year 2011.
SECTION 3. Responsible Budgeting. The heads of the departments and agencies of the national government shall ensure that their proposed PS requirement is computed based on the personnel information provided under the preceding section and in accordance with their respective authorized compensation.
In relation thereto, the DBM during the review of the proposed budgets of national government agencies, including GOCCs, GFIs, and Constitutional Offices, shall only recommend the PS requirement that is consistent with the Comprehensive Database on Government Manpower. Consequently, the national government, including GOCCs, GFIs, and Constitutional Offices shall only provide and make payments for the authorized compensation of personnel as reflected in the Comprehensive Database on Government Manpower. Any and all payments made beyond or in excess of the foregoing shall be considered illegal disbursement of public funds, and shall make the responsible officials administratively and criminally accountable therefor.
The DBM, in coordination with the Civil Service Commission (CSC), shall conduct a risk-based personnel audit of the manpower complement of government agencies on a regular basis.
SECTION 4. Authorized Compensation. The authorized compensation referred to in this Executive Order shall pertain to the basic salary, allowances and benefits, and incentives authorized under Republic Act (R.A.) No. 6758 (Salary Standardization Law), as amended, or the respective charters of agencies and entities exempted from the coverage of this law, as amended.
SECTION 5. Regular Updating of the Government Manpower Database. The Comprehensive Database on Government Manpower shall be updated on a regular basis by the departments and agencies of the national government, including GOCCs, GFIs, and Constitutional Offices to reflect all changes in positions and incumbents.
SECTION 6. Use of the Advancement in Information Technology. The
DBM shall make use of advancement in information technology to further enhance and ensure reliability and transparency of the Comprehensive Database on Government Manpower.
SECTION 7. Inter and Intra-Agency Linkage. In order to optimize the benefits of the Comprehensive Database on Government Manpower, the same shall be linked with the personnel information systems of the CSC, Government Service Insurance System, Bureau of Internal Revenue, and other concerned agencies of the government, including the human resource management information systems and payroll systems administered by the different agencies of the government.
SECTION 8. Confidentiality of Information. The DBM shall protect the confidentiality of all data and information gathered and stored in the Comprehensive Database on Government Manpower. Any breach of confidentiality or unauthorized disclosure of these data and information shall make the responsible officials administratively and criminally liable therefor under the existing laws.
SECTION 9. Implementing Guidelines. The DBM shall issue the implementing rules and regulations to ensure the proper implementation of, and the immediate compliance with, this Executive Order.
SECTION 10. Repealing Clause. All orders, rules, regulations and issuances, or parts thereof, which are inconsistent with this Executive Order are hereby repealed or modified accordingly.
SECTION 11. Separability Clause. If any provision of this Executive Order is declared invalid or unconstitutional, the other provisions not affected thereby shall remain valid and subsisting.
SECTION 12. Effectivity. This Executive Order shall take effect immediately upon its publication in a newspaper of general circulation.
DONE, in the City of Manila, this 30th day of March in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Eleven.
By the President:
Executive Secretary