Update on the 7.2 Earthquake in Carmen, Bohol, October 16, 2013 (6:00 a.m.) from NDRRMC

The following are excerpts from a report from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on the effects of the earthquake in Carmen, Bohol, October 15, 2013. The information reflects conditions as of October 15, 2013, 3:00 p.m., unless otherwise stated.
Overview
An earthquake of tectonic origin with a magnitude of 7.2 occurred in Region VII at about 8:12 a.m.
As of 5:00 a.m. (October 16, 2013), PHIVOLCS has recorded 725 aftershocks. 12 of which were felt.
Reported intensities
Intensity VII
Tagbilaran City, Bohol, and Cebu City
Intensity VI
Hinigaran, Negros Occidental, and Dumaguete City
Intensity V
Iloilo City; La Carlota, Negros Occidental; Guimaras Island; Abuyog, Leyte; Ozamis City; Sibulan, Negros Oriental; Camiguin Island; and Gingoog, Misamis Cagayan de Oro
Intensity IV
Masbate City; Roxas City; San Jose, Culasi , Antique; Bulusan, Sorsogon; Hinunangan, Leyte; Patnungon, Antique; Dipolog City; Bacolod City; Naval, Biliran; Bayawan City; Baybay, Southern Leyte; TabonTabon, Leyte; San Pablo, Leyte; Bato, Leyte; Guihulngan, North Oriental; Butuan City ; and Tacloban
Intensity III
Davao City; Canlaon City; Cotabato City; La Costellana, Negros Occidental; Zamboanga City; Borongan City, Samar; Bukidnon; Tarragona, Davao; Surigao City ; Laoan, Antique; Cotabato City; Banisilan, North Cotabato; Potongan, Zamboanga del Norte; Polanco, Zamboanga del Norte; Labason, Zambaonga del Norte; Manukan, Zamboanga del Norte; Balderama, Antique; and Barbaza, Antique
Intensity II
Nabas, Aklan ; Carrascal, Surigao del Sur; Tacurong City; and Libertad, Antique
Intensity I
Lezo, Aklan
Effects
Casualties
99 Dead
    • 8 in Cebu
    • 90 in Bohol
    • 1 in Siquijor
276 Injured
    • 106 in Cebu
    • 166 in Bohol
    • 3 in Siquijor
    • 1 Negros Oriental
3 Rescued in Barangay Pasil, Cebu City
Affected population
    • A total of 558,390 families (2,841,956 persons) were affected in seven cities, 27 municipalities, 879 barangays all in Bohol, Cebu and, Siquijor.
    • 2,533 families (12,665 persons) were displaced and currently served in 13 evacuation centers in the affected areas.
Incidents monitored
The following highways in Cebu are impassable due to landslides:
Highway in Boljoon
Barangay Kawasan, Aloguinsan
Barangays Gutlang, Canulam, Canbatug, Lapay, and Balusa
Stampede occurred in Barba Sports Complex Toledo City, and Pinamungahan Auditorium Cebu.
Power outages (to date)
Province of Bohol
Barangay Duran in Iloilo
Cadiz City Negros Occidental
Status of seaport and airport operations
All seaports in Cebu opened except for Pier 4
All port operations in Bohol resumed except for Tagbilaran.
All airport operations resumed as of 10:30 a.m.
Stranded passengers
A total of 20 passengers and eight vessels were reported stranded in Coast Guard Station Tagbilaran, Talibon, Jagna, and Ubay.
Actions Taken
NDRRMC
NDRRMC-OPCEN immediately disseminated the information to OCDRCs V, VI, VII and XI through facsimile, SMS, website, and twitter account for further dissemination to their respective local DRRMCs and advised them to undertake precautionary measure and to monitor the situation for any possible effects of said earthquake particularity in areas with reported intensities.
A press conference was held at the NDDRMC Conference Room at 12:00 p.m. to discuss the effects of the earthquake in Carmen, Bohol.
At about 3:00 p.m., October 15, 2013, President Benigno S. Aquino III presided the press briefing held at the NDRRMC Conference Room.
OCD Administrator and NDRRMC Administrator Undersecretary Eduardo Del Rosario presided a Press Briefing at 6:00 p.m., October 15, 2013, at NDRRMC Conference for updates on the effects of the earthquake.
DOST-PHIVOLCS
Closely monitoring the situation for any significant developments and shall be immediately relayed to all concerned.
DSWD
Released P10 million to DSWD-FO VII for purchase of relief goods for the affected population and operational expenses in the disaster operations;
Prepositioned 2,000 family food packs (P509,720) and 100 rolls of laminated sacks amounting to P775,608 to be airlifted using C-130;
Prepositioned P98.66 million worth of standby funds, family food packs, and NFls in all affected FOs to include NROC.
DSWD DROMIC is closely coordinating with concerned DSWD-FOs for significant reports relative to the incident.
PNP
Is continuously monitoring the effects of the earthquake and directed lower offices/units to coordinate with their respective CDRRMC/PDRRMC for the activation of Crisis Management Committee.
Full alert status has been declared directing all PNP personnel to report to their respective offices for SAR operations.
PRO VII, VII, and Caraga directed all unit commanders to continue monitoring the situation as necessary.
AFP
Coordinated with OCD VII and PDRRMCs for updates on situation and damage assessment.
Directed all OPCOM and OPCON units to prepare and alert their respective Disaster Response Task Units (DRTUs) for possible disaster response operations.
Bohol Ready Reserve Batallion together with the 505th TAS Group participated in rescue and clearing operations at Dauls Church in Bohol.
Disaster Response Team (DRT) in Naval Forces Central Visayas were deployed at Sto. Nino Basilica.
CENTCOM deployed two helicopters to Bohol for the conduct of Damage Assessment and Needs Analysis.
Naval Reserve-Eastern Visayas 82nd Marine Brigade was deployed in Basilica del Nino to assist in the clearing operations of the collapsed bell tower.
PCG
Sent directive to coast guard units nationwide to submit a list of affected areas covering ports, passenger terminals, CG facilities and personnel, vessel/boat, and power/communications breakdown.
Coordinated with the Philippine Port Authority (PPA), LGUs and Local DRRMCs.
DOH
DOH was initially placed on code red alert status
CHD VII raised code red alert status and conducted Rapid Health Assessment (RHA) in the Region.
DOH HEMS reported that the six hospitals/health facilities in Bohol have sustained cracks in the building but after assessment the hospitals were found to be functional and operational.
BFP
Deployed fire fighters, CSSR teams and fire trucks in the affected areas of Regions V, VI, VII, VIII, and XI.
DPWH
DPWH-V coordinated with District Engineering Offices regarding the effects of earthquake in their area of responsibility.
DEPED
DepEd has activated their disaster risk reduction and management office and announced the suspension of classes in Cebu City and the whole of Bohol on October 16, 2013 awaiting the results of assessment of the safety school buildings by their teams.
MMDA
Deployed one rescue team to Bohol and one rescue team to Cebu

DFA consular services in Cebu are suspended until further notice due to eathquake

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) advises the public that due to the recent 7.2-magnitude earthquake that shook Bohol, Cebu, and parts of Visayas and Mindanao, all consular services, including passport services, at DFA Regional Consular Office (RCO) in Cebu are temporarily suspended until further notice.
The DFA, in cooperation with the management of Pacific Mall, is now taking the appropriate measures so that the RCO opens in the soonest possible time. Normal operations will resume once the safety of the public is ensured.
In the meantime, those who have inquiries or other concerns can contact RCO Cebu at its hotline—09173187007—or reach it by sending an e-mail to dfacebu@yahoo.com.
The DFA can also be reached at the following telephone numbers: (02) 536-000 and (02) 834-4000 loc. 2386. E-mails can also be sent at passportconcerns@dfa.gov.ph and ppt_do@yahoo.com. Messages can also be sent to the Passport Division’s Facebook page, Philippine Passport.
For the public’s information and guidance.

NCCA Board on the destruction of heritage structures in the Visayas

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National Commission for Culture and the Arts (Philippines) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Statement of the Board of Commissioners of the National Commission for Culture and the Arts:On the destruction of Heritage Structures in the Visayas
[October 15, 2013]
The national culture agencies condole with the loss of life in Bohol, Cebu and other parts of the Visayas. We fully support the national and local government’s priority in saving human life and rendering assistance to families and communities in need. On our part, we express our commitment to rescue and later, rehabilitate, damaged heritage structures, many of them churches that have been part of the life of the people for centuries, in collaboration with the Catholic Church, local government officials and communities. A majority of these structures have been declared National Cultural Treasures, National Historical Landmarks, and Important Cultural Properties, all of which are protected by the Heritage Law. In support of this mandate, we have agreed that the National Commission for Culture and the Arts (NCCA), National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP), and National Museum (NM) shall be the lead agencies. Therefore:
  1. A joint team of experts shall inspect and evaluate the damage, starting Thursday, 17 October 2013, in order to:
    1. Establish the severity of damage;
    2. Identify properties that immediately need to be secured;
    3. Draw up priorities for restoration;
    4. Estimate the amount of human and financial resources necessary; and
    5. establish important linkages with stakeholders.
  2. The Heritage Task Force, as the joint group is called, shall coordinate closely with the Church, national and local government agencies in the rescue and restoration effort.
  3. The NCCA shall provide a mobilization fund for the initial (rapid) assessment, pending the national government’s decision on the rescue and rehabilitation efforts as a whole.
  4. The culture agencies shall convene upon the return of the Heritage Task Force and submit an official report to the Office of the President.

Rep. Sol Aragones proposed Magna Carta for Journalists

Journalism and mass communication graduates or anyone who want to join the media industry can do so if they will pass the examination to be given under the proposed "Magna Carta for Journalists."

Under the proposed magna carta authored by Reps. Rufus Rodriguez (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City) and Maximo Rodriguez, Jr. (Party-list, Abante Mindanao), journalists will be classified as accredited and non-accredited. 

Rodriguez, author of House Bill 2550, said aspiring journalists or media practitioners will have to take and pass the examination before they can be considered as "accredited journalist."

The bill will create the Professional Journalist Examination and the Philippine Council for Journalists, which will handle the examination for radio, television, print and photography.

Those who will not pass the examination will get the tag of "non-accredited journalists" but can still join any media outfits. "They will still be allowed to exercise their duties and rights as journalists and enjoy only those benefits and privileges accorded to them by their employers," Rodriguez said.

Exempted from the examination are journalists who have been in the practice for 10 years already.

Rodriguez said the objective of the bill is to ensure a living wage, an atmosphere conducive to productive journalism work, reiterate the value of ethics, provide for development programs that will deepen the practice of their profession, and promote the defense and protection of freedom and human rights of journalists and their organizations.

"Journalists, as purveyors of truth, risk their life and limb in order to make people aware of the local, national and international events. They provide the essential vehicle for the exchange of ideas between cultures and nations. Hence, the approval of this measure is earnestly sought," Rodriguez said.

Rep. Sol Aragones (3rd District, Laguna) also filed House Bill 2568 which seeks to promote freedom of information by ensuring that all requests made by media outfits and journalists are acted upon promptly, within a period of five business days. 

Aragones' bill also demands a written explanation from the concerned government office to clarify why the request is unfavorably acted upon.

"The assumption is that all records in the custody or possession of a public body should be open to public scrutiny. Any public body that asserts that a record is exempt from disclosure has the burden of proving by clear and convincing evidence that it is exempt," Aragones said.

The measure to be known as the "Magna Carta for Journalists Act of 2013," likewise proposes the creation of a 'Journalist Welfare Fund' that aids journalists in distress.

The financial assistance ranges from P10,000.00 but not more than P200,000.00 for the temporary or permanent incapacity, or death of a journalist by reason of his profession; and for journalists in distress, for any condition brought about by his job.

Moreover, the bill adopts and incorporates the Journalist's Code of Ethics formulated by the Philippine Press Institute and the National Press Club.

Rep. Alfredo "Albee" Benitez proposed the creation of a Barangay Retirement Fund (BRF)

League of Barangays of the Philippines
League of Barangays of the Philippines (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A lawmaker has proposed the creation of a Barangay Retirement Fund (BRF) for the retirement pay of barangay officials and workers in recognition of their genuine service and hard work.

House Bill 55, authored principally Rep. Alfredo "Albee" Benitez (3rd District, Negros Occidental), will cover all Barangay Officials, barangay tanods, members of the Lupon Tagapamayapa, health workers and day care workers.

"Barangay workers are in the frontline of government services in the grassroots. They deliver the much needed basic social services to the people and maintain peace and order," Benitez said.

Benitez said given the limited resources of government, these Barangay front liners also receive the least compensation.

"However, this reality has not discouraged some our fellow Filipinos to serve their respective barangays and some have even stayed in barangay work for many years," Benitez stressed.

The bill seeks to amend Sections 393 of Republic Act 7160 or "The Local Government Code of 1991."

Under the measure, a Barangay Retirement Fund (BRF) is created which shall be used to fund the retirement of Barangays officials and workers. The amount equivalent to (1%) of the share of the national government under Section 284 of the Local Government Code of 1991, as amended shall be used for this purpose.

All barangay officials, including barangay tanods and members of the lupong tagapamayapa,barangay health workers and day care workers, shall be entitled to a lump sum retirement pay equivalent to 1 year honorarium, but not to exceed P100,000.00, to be taken from the Barangay Retirement Fund, provided the retiree is at least 60 years of age with a minimum of nine years in service at the time of retirement.

Under the current Local Government Code, barangay officials, including tanods and members of the Lupon are only entitled to honoraria, allowances and other emoluments authorized by law or ordinance.

PNoy calls for conclusion of the ASEAN-China Code of Conduct to resolve disputes

ASEAN-Russia summit
Before the ASEAN-Russia summit. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
President Benigno S. Aquino III today emphasized that rules and norms anchored on international law are fundamental in promoting trust and confidence among nations, and in ensuring stability and peace in the international community.
“At the core of the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership is the belief that our actions should adhere to the rule of law,” President Aquino said at the 16th ASEAN-China Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam.
President Aquino said that the Philippines has taken a two-track complementary approach to disputes in that sea with many names that is both peaceful and rules-based.
“First, to manage tensions, we are advocating an expeditious conclusion of the ASEAN-China Code of Conduct. Second, to resolve disputes, we are pursuing arbitration for the clarification of maritime entitlements. Both tracks are legally-binding and anchored on international law,” the President explained.
The President said that there is a collective problem in the sea known by many names: territories in a sea which is west of the Philippines, east of Vietnam, north of Malaysia, south of China are claimed in whole, or in part, by all.
“These claims have led to tensions, and these have created problems between us,” the President stressed. However, “a problem can be turned into an opportunity if we have the will to act now and not pass on the burden to succeeding generations.”
Noting that the first official consultations between ASEAN and China on the Code of Conduct were held last month in Suzhou, China, the President stressed that the early conclusion of a legally-binding Code of Conduct is necessary to foster peace, positive engagement and stability in the region.
“As we look towards finalizing the COC, we urge all parties to observe implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the sea known by many names in all its aspects,” the President said.

Five GSIS branch offices get CSC‘s Seal of Excellence

English: GSIS Naga city
English: GSIS Naga city (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Five branch offices of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) have recently been rated “Excellent” for exemplary service and for complying with the provisions of Republic Act 9485 or the Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA).
The Civil Service Commission (CSC), the bureaucracy’s personnel agency conducting ARTA survey among government offices, has conferred on the GSIS Bacolod Branch Office the CSC‘s Seal of Excellence last September 13, 2013 for obtaining a 91.57 ARTA rating.  It is the first GSIS office to receive the award.
As the CSC continues conducting the survey, four other GSIS branch offices have rebounded from “failed” ratings in 2012 and earned “excellent” scores to date: Bohol (93.28%), Bulacan (93.01%), Laguna (93.01%), and Masbate (90.34%).  From a final grade average of 63% for 13 branches surveyed in 2012, the current average for the same branch offices is 89.70%.  These include Palawan (89.35%), Tuguegarao (89.28%), Batangas (89.12%), and Lucena (89.11%).
The ARTA passing grade is set at 70%, with no grade falling below 70% in any of the five core areas – conformance with ARTA provisions, frontline service, service quality, physical working condition, and overall (client) satisfaction.
“Receiving those ratings is a welcome indication that the reforms toward service breakthroughs that we initiated in 2012 and started implementing in 2013 are paying off,” GSIS President and General Manager Robert Vergara said.
He added that the ARTA ratings only affirm, among others, that “pursuing improved service and benefits for our members and pensioners remains, as it should, the pension fund’s overarching goal.”
In a related development, Vergara said that the Commission on Audit recently released its unqualified opinion on the financial position of GSIS as of December 31, 2012.
“This is the second time in a row that GSIS has received an unqualified opinion.”
An unqualified opinion means that COA believes that the financial statements of GSIS are sound and are presented fairly “in all material respects”.
He said that 2012 was a “banner year for the pension fund” with total comprehensive income reaching P93.2 billion, from P73.2 billion in 2011 and P63.9 billion in 2010.
In addition, payment of claims for retirement, pension, disability and funeral benefits increased by 23% from P51.7 billion in 2011 to P63.6 billion in 2012. GSIS also granted P37.9 billion in various loans which benefited 1,583,887 borrowers.

P137.3-B Malampaya Fund intact

Department of Energy (Philippines)
From the Department of Finance
The Bureau of Treasury (BTr) today said that contrary to claims made by Sen. Ralph Recto, P137.288 billion in Malampaya Funds remain intact in the National Government, with collections and government shares for the fund still credited and booked under Fund Code 151, a Special Account in the General Fund (SAGF) managed by the BTr.
“Sen. Recto’s claims are unfounded and misleading. The remaining Malampaya Fund balance—all amounting to P137.288 billion—is not ‘gone,’ as he says, but perfectly intact in the National Treasury,” Treasurer Rosalia V. de Leon said.
The Malampaya Fund was created for the purpose of financing energy resource exploration, development and exploitation programs and projects of Government and “such other purpose as may be directed by the President,” as prescribed under Presidential Decree (P.D.) No. 910 issued on March 22, 1976, Creating the Energy Development Board, Defining its Powers and Functions, Providing Funds Therefor, and for Other Purposes.
“Malampaya Funds” are sourced and collected through the Department of Energy (DOE) from, among others, government share representing royalties and rentals, as well as production share on service contracts and other payments on the exploration, development and exploitation of energy resources, in accordance with P.D. No. 1234 issued on November 8, 1977. The Malampaya Funds are considered income and collections authorized by law that shall be remitted to the National Treasury.
According to the BTr, the total amount deposited by the Department of Energy (DOE) in the Malampaya Fund from March 25, 2002, to September 30, 2013, amounted to P179.338  billion while total Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) releases against the Malampaya Fund during the same period reached P42.050 billion, leaving a balance of P137.288 billion, which is available in the National Treasury.
As funds under SAGF 151, the Malampaya Fund is used to finance energy-related programs of the Department of Energy (DOE) and/or pay off National Government obligations provided for in the General Appropriations Act (GAA). Further, E.O. 848 issued on October 13, 2009, Authorizing the Use of the Special Account in the General Fund (Fund 151) of the Department of Energy for Purposes as may be directed by the President of the Philippines.
From 2004 to 2009, the Malampaya account funded P303 million of energy-related projects, as opposed to P23.3 billion of non-energy related projects. Under the Aquino administration, the Malampaya fund backed P18.45 billion worth of energy-related projects and did not fund any projects unrelated to energy.
Similar to other Special Accounts under the General Fund, the use of Malampaya Fund is automatically appropriated every year, and all releases are governed by SAGF procedures. Specifically, it requires the certification on actual amount deposited in the account and the issuance of the Special Allotment Release Order by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

Statement of Secretary Cesar V. Purisima on the nomination of Janet Yellen as Federal Reserve Chairman

Janet Yellen being sworn in by Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke
Statement of Secretary Cesar V. Purisima:
On the nomination of Janet Yellen to the Chairmanship of the Federal Reserve
[October 9, 2013]
From the perspective of the Philippines, Ms. Janet Yellen is an excellent and worthy choice as successor to Chairman Ben Bernanke of the Federal Reserve. Her nomination is an historic one, as the first woman to helm the position of undoubtedly the world’s most important central bank.
More importantly, Ms. Yellen’s nomination signals a commitment to stability, continuity, and a smooth transition at the Fed. Ms. Yellen was one of Chairman Bernanke’s co-pilots as they navigated the turbulence of the global financial crisis, as well as the uncertainty of its aftermath. On their watch, the United States was saved many times from economic disaster, and I am confident that her leadership will continue to ably guide the Fed.
I am hopeful that Ms. Yellen’s term will be one that embodies not just steady policy continuity, but a consultative leadership that recognizes the position of the United States as the global economy’s reserve currency. As developing economies across the globe continue to emerge, A Federal Reserve that maximizes dialogue will be ultimately beneficial not just for the world, but for the United States as well.

PROCLAMATION NO. 655 - REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2014

English: Coat of arms of the Philippines
MALACAÑAN PALACE
MANILA
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 655
DECLARING THE REGULAR HOLIDAYS, SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS, AND SPECIAL HOLIDAY (FOR ALL SCHOOLS) FOR THE YEAR 2014
WHEREAS, Republic Act (RA) No. 9492, dated 24 July 2007, amended Section 26, Chapter 7, Book I of Executive Order (EO) No. 292, also known as the Administrative Code of 1987, by declaring certain days (specific or movable) as special or regular holidays;
WHEREAS, RA No. 9492 provides that holidays, except those which are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation;
WHEREAS, RA No. 9849 provides that the Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a national holiday;
WHEREAS, the EDSA People Power Revolution, which restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country, serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people;
WHEREAS, on 31 January 2014, the Chinese nationals all over the world will celebrate Spring Festival, popularly known as the Chinese New Year, which is one of the most revered and festive events celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines by both Chinese-Filipinos and ordinary Filipinos as well; and the joint celebration is a manifestation of our solidarity with our Chinese-Filipino brethren who have been part of our lives in many respects as a country and as a people; 31 January 2014 may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest;
WHEREAS, Saturday, 19 April 2014 falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday; Black Saturday, falling between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, has been traditionally declared a special (non-working) day throughout the country because the observance of Holy Week is one of our people’s most cherished traditions and they must be given the full and uninterrupted opportunity to ponder the significance of Holy Week and to properly observe its traditions with religious fervor, without prejudice to public interest;
WHEREAS, in order to foster closer family ties and enable our countrymen to observe Christmas more meaningfully, it is but fitting to declare 24 December (Wednesday) and 26 December 2014 (Friday) as additional special (non-working) days throughout the country;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, by virtue of the powers vested in me by the Constitution as President of the Philippines, do hereby declare:
SECTION 1. The following regular holidays and special days for the year 2014 shall be observed in the country:
A. Regular Holidays
New Year’s Day-1January (Wednesday)
Araw ng Kagitingan-9April (Wednesday)
Maundy Thursday-17April
Good Friday-18April
Labor Day-1May (Thursday)
    
Independence Day-12June (Thursday)
National Heroes Day-25August (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day-30November (Sunday)
Christmas Day-25December (Thursday)
Rizal Day-30December (Tuesday)
 
B. Special (Non-Working) Days
Chinese New Year-31January (Friday)
Black Saturday-19April
Ninoy Aquino Day-21August (Thursday)
All Saints Day-1November (Saturday)
Additional special (non-working) days-24December (Wednesday)
 -26December (Friday)
Last Day of the Year-31December (Wednesday)
 
C. Special Holiday (for all schools)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary-25February (Tuesday)
SECTION 2. The proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall hereafter be issued after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient. To this end, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President on which days the holidays shall respectively fall.
SECTION 3. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) shall promulgate the implementing guidelines for this Proclamation.
SECTION 4. This Proclamation shall take effect immediately.
SECTION 5. This Proclamation shall be published in a newspaper of general circulation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed.
Done in the City of Manila, this 25th day of September, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Thirteen.
(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
By the President:
(Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA, JR.Executive Secretary