03 May 2017

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On involuntary hunger down by 2%
The Social Weather Survey showed a 2% drop of families experiencing involuntary hunger in the past three months; that is, 11.9% in the First Quarter of 2017 compared to the 13.9% in Last Quarter of 2016

This latest finding, conducted last March 25-28, affirms the positive impact of the Duterte administration’s poverty alleviation efforts on the lowest rung of society. 

Some of the government’s immediate pro-poor and inclusive efforts include social protection to the poor, the marginalized and the neglected sectors, such as conditional cash transfer to the poorest of the poor, higher pension for seniors, free medicine for indigents, added incentive and combat duty pay for police and soldiers, gratuity pay to job order and contract workers in the government and regularization of tens of thousands of employees.

The government’s long-term goal, however, is to improve the lives of Filipinos across sectors, through effective delivery of goods and services, like increased spending in infrastructure projects and the promotion of easy access microfinancing system.

From Presidential Spokeperson Ernie Abella – On Pulse Asia’s March 2017 Survey Showing Filipinos’ Trust in China and Russia
The Duterte administration is charting the path of broader diplomatic relations with the international community, and the renewed ties with Russia and China provide a healthy opportunity to appreciate and  understand these two countries.  

As the President charts an independent foreign policy, the public needs a deeper understanding of the need for expanding our diplomatic horizons.

Our enhanced relations with China and Russia will bolster our international relations and give us more room to grow, expand, and become more rooted as we get to know ourselves better as a nation in a community of nations.

From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On the 2016 bar examinations passers
Congratulations to the 3,747 examinees who passed the 2016 Bar Examinations.

We pray that many of the successful examinees would pursue a career in government and join us in building a progressive and inclusive nation with a trustworthy government run by young people full of idealism, integrity and excellence.

Again, congratulations and best wishes. Mabuhay po kayong lahat!