08 July 2016
Palace suspends work in government offices and classes in public schools at all levels in the National Capital Region effective 1 p.m. today, July 8, 2016

 Memorandum Circular No. 2 dated 8 July 2016

DSWD ready for Habagat
Department of Social Welfare and Development Secretary (DSWD) Judy M. Taguiwalo announced that the Department, including its field offices in the National Capital Region (NCR) and Region III, are on alert and standby for any emergencies. It has activated its quick response teams and has been monitoring the situation in the provinces of Bataan, Zambales and Bulacan.

“Some 7,000 foodpacks have been prepositioned and ready for distribution in Zambales,” Taguiwalo said.

Secretary Taguiwalo added, “Thirty thousand foodpacks are on standby in the DSWD Field Office 3 as staff continue to coordinate with local authorities regarding possible emergencies.”

The National Capital Region Field Office of the DSWD has yet to receive assistance, although a Yellow Warning Alert was raised over Manila, Paranaque, and Quezon City.

Muslim community assured of Duterte admin’s efforts towards peace in Mindanao
President Rodrigo Roa Duterte joined members of the Muslim community in celebrating the first Mindanao Hariraya Eid’l Fit’r 2016 held in Davao City.

In his speech, President Duterte assured the Moro brothers and sisters present, that he will once again bring peace in Mindanao.

He said “tatanggapin natin sa isa’t isa (we should accept among us). Let us build a nation that will be founded on peace and understanding”.

Adding, “ang tingin ko (I think), with the grace of Allah, I might be able to do this within six years. It will not come overnight. Certainly, it will not come next year. Probably, it will be something about two to three years from now. But I assure you that something will change before I end my term,” said President Duterte.

Though pointing out that he would talk first with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), the President said that his administration will create a framework for Federalism, which would solve the violence in Mindanao.

“I’m working overtime with Jun Evasco and the rest to constitute, ready na kami sa aming group sa gobyerno to talk to the MI, MN (our group in the government is ready to talk to the MI and MN).

He urged the brother and sister Muslims to talk before doing anything that would spill violence.

Eid’l Fit’r, also known as the “festival of breaking the fast”, is a religious holiday of Muslims worldwide, marking the end of Ramadan, the holy month of fasting. (PND)