22 September 2016

Govt’s war on drugs gaining ground – Andanar
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar Thursday said that the administration’s campaign against illegal drugs is now gaining ground as more people attest to safer streets in Metro Manila.

“Marami tayong mga kaibigan na nagtratrabaho sa gabi. Meron din tayong mga kasama sa opisina na sila mismo nagkwekwento sa’tin na hindi na sila nangangamba ngayon pag umuuwi sila late at night. It’s safer at kahit sino naman sa inyo ay alam nyo na nagbago na talaga ang klima ng ating bayan,” Andanar said.

Also during the briefing, Andanar expressed optimism that the Duterte administration’s commitment in the anti-illegal drugs campaign and criminality will enhance the country’s image to attract more foreign investments and will usher growth in its economy.

According to Andanar, the efforts of this administration to address the country’s peace and order problem is a must for investors to invest more in the country. “We thank the Filipino for having better appreciation of the positive changes now happening under this administration,” he said.

When asked to comment about the perceived brewing strain with the European Union (EU) in relation to Duterte’s expletive-laden response on the EU’s reported resolution criticizing the government’s ongoing anti-illegal drug campaign, he said, “’Yung konteksto ng ating giyera kontra iligal na droga sa Pilipinas ay dapat maintindihan ng ating mga kaibigan sa European Union.”

Andanar stressed that the country’s relationship with the EU members remains strong in the midst of this issue. He assured that this will not affect investments coming from the Europeans to the Philippines.

“Hindi naman siguro dahil wala naman din tayong mga kontrata na nilalabag or mga kinakansela sa European Union. Tuluy-tuloy naman ang negosyo, ang kalakalan between our country and the European continent,” he said.

However, he said that while Duterte administration is determined to forge stronger ties with other nations and international organizations, the country maintains its independent foreign policy and other nations should respect that.

“We have an independent foreign policy at tayo po ay isang soberenya na dapat ho nirerespeto ng ibang soberenya o ibang organization or regional organization,” he said.

In another development, Andanar clarified that the memorandum issued by Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea to all Cabinet members and agencies regarding the release of official statements is aimed primarily to facilitate communication line and harness any palace message to avoid confusion or disinformation to the public. PND

President Duterte inaugurates biggest power plant in Mindanao
Villanueva, Misamis Oriental—President Rodrigo Roa Duterte said the establishment of the biggest base load power plant in Mindanao will help alleviate the power woes in Mindanao, including the Zamboanga Peninsula.
The President spearheaded the inauguration of the Filinvest Development Corporation’s Misamis Power plant here.“Pag wala kang energy, patay ka. And to me, this would alleviate the power shortfall including the Zamboanga peninsula,” Duterte said during the unveiling of the inaugural marker and ceremonial switch on of the 3 x 135 megawatt coal thermal plant here owned and operated by the FDC Misamis Power Corp.He said the new power plant will help stabilize the power supply in Mindanao, especially in the Zamboanga Peninsula, which, he said, had been asking for help every now and then for a re-distribution of the power from the grid.

Duterte also expressed optimism that Mindanao would soon use more of greener and cheaper technologies to generate electricity.

“I never thought that Mindanao will develop so fast, that in the few years, would be starting again… maybe in the fullness of God’s time, we would have something like a solar or a better technology but not expensive,” Duterte said.

The new power plant has a combined capacity of 450 MW and is now synchronized to the Mindanao grid to cover 205 municipalities and barangays in Mindanao.

The power plant is a multi-billion peso investment by FDC Misamis that will use the latest in clean coal technology, the circulating fluidized-bed boiler technology.