Malacañang employees await changes in the new administration

admin   •   May 31, 2016   •   2519

Alejandra Guillamon sweeps the Malacañang grounds in this file photo. (UNTV News)

Alejandra Guillamon sweeps the Malacañang grounds in this file photo.
(UNTV News)

Beldad Gandalao has been working in the Presidential Secretariat Office for 32 years already.

He started as a messenger in 1984 and now he is a special assistant in Malacañang Press Corps.

Meanwhile, Mrs. Alejandra has witnessed the transition of six Philippine presidents and has remained in service as a sweeper at Malacañang grounds.

From five thousand pesos a month in 1986, now, her monthly salary is 11, 500 pesos.

Ike Barellos has married and has raised a family in the eight years of tending the Palace garden.

They are some of the employees at the official residence and Office of the President of the Philippines.

Though their salary is not that much, they choose to continue working in the palace to sustain their daily needs.

And now that a change in administration is fast approaching, they also anticipate the transformations it will bring.

“We hope for an improvement in the government. We hope no regular employees will be kicked out. We hope they will look on the performance of an employee if he or she does his or her work well,” said Gandarao.

“Of course someone should feel proud if he or she works for the president of the country,” said Mrs. Alejandra.

“Here at least, our income is not so small. It is just enough to raise our family and I’m a regular employee until I grow old,” Barellos said

The regular employees in Malacañang are willing to cooperate with the 16th President-elect Rodrigo Duterte.

However, Malacañang employees are also hoping that the next president will be able to give them appropriate benefits for their rendered service.

Laguna, Iloilo City, Cagayan de Oro placed under ECQ starting August 6

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 5, 2021

Laguna, Iloilo City, and Cagayan de Oro will be placed under enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) starting August 6.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said President Rodrigo Duterte approved the recommendation of the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to place the said areas under ECQ beginning August 6 until August 15. This is amid the continuous threat of the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant.

Cavite, Lucena City, Rizal and Iloilo Province, meanwhile, will be placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) from August 6 to August 15.

Batangas and Quezon, on the other hand, shall be placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions from August 6 to August 15. AAC

 

Pahayag ni Pangulong Duterte na pagdadala ng maraming pera sa kampanya, idinepensa ng Palasyo

Robie de Guzman   •   July 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Ipinagtanggol ng Palasyo ng Malakanyang ang panibagong kontrobersiyal na pahayag ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte hinggil sa pagdadala ng maraming pera sa pangangampanya.

Ayon kay Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, fund-raising sa mga pribadong indibiduwal ang tinutukoy ng punong ehekutibo na hindi naman aniya ipinagbabawal ng batas.

Batid rin aniya ng pangulo na iligal gamitin ang pondo ng taumbayan para sa anomang partisan activities lalo na sa vote-buying.

“There is no prohibition in the Omnibus Election Code to raise funds from private individuals for the candidacies of individuals. So, that is what the president meant, it is an assurance to his party mates that he will not only physically campaign for them he will also raise funds for them,” ang paliwanag ni Roque.

Sa National Assembly ng partidong PDP-Laban sa Clark, Pampanga noong Sabado, sinabi ni Pangulong Duterte na handa siyang mangampanya para sa mga miyembro ng partido na nais muling kumandidato sa nalalapit na halalan. Magdadala rin aniya siya ng sako-sakong pera.

“Those running for reelection, ikakampanya ko kayo city por city. Totoo ‘yan. Kayong mga nagtatakbo, I will — I commit to you. Talagang pupunta ako city por city, province por province, kakampanya ko kayo. Pero — at saka magdala ako ng maraming pera por sako kung mayroon,” ang pahayag ng pangulo.

Una nang kinuwestiyon ni Bagong Alyansang Makabayan Secretary-General Renato Reyes ang pahayag na ito ng punong ehekutibo at sinabing may salapi ang pangulo para sa kampanya pero walang pera para sa ayuda sa pandemic response, at mga sektor na labis na naapektuhan ng krisis.

Samantala, sinabi naman ng Palasyo na sa kasalukuyan ay wala pang pinal na listahan ng senatorial bets si Pangulong Duterte para sa 2022 elections bagaman ilan na sa kaniyang mga gabinete ang iniendorso nito sa publiko. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

Palace sees eased quarantine restriction in NCR Plus

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 11, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said quarantine restrictions in the National Capital Region (NCR) Plus might ease next week.

On Thursday, Roque announced that community quarantine classification in NCR Plus might ease beginning June 15 due to the low attack rate of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and health care utilization rate. He reported that the hospital care utilization in Metro Manila remains very low or at 53% in ICU beds.

“I would say in fact that based on the figures, Metro Manila Plus might be looking at de-escalation. It might not be to modified general community quarantine [MGCQ] but it could be to ordinary general community quarantine [GCQ] because ang GCQ natin ngayon ay mayroon pang restrictions (because the current GCQ still has restrictions),” he said.

Roque said the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) will discuss whether to  reopen gyms and fitness centers.

The NCR Plus, which includes Metro Manila, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Rizal, is currently under GCQ with restrictions until June 15. AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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