MANILA, APRIL 27, 2009
(STAR) By Paolo Romero - President Arroyo reiterated her directive to all agencies to speed up completion of priority government programs and projects to ensure the timely and efficient delivery of public services to the people.

Mrs. Arroyo earlier issued Executive Order 789 enhancing project performance, monitoring and evaluation system and reinforcing public-private partnership and collaboration in the monitoring of government projects.

The EO provides a “private sector representative,” heading the steering committee of the Project Performance Monitoring and Evaluation (Pro-Performance) System (PPS), and the head of the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) as co-chair.

EO 789 also tasks all government television and radio networks to “allot air time for purposes of communicating the status of all projects, including the televised bidding of all departments.”

The PPS is an “integrated monitoring system established to facilitate, evaluate and advocate, and to strategically monitor the implementation of the President’s priority programs and projects.”

“As such, this (PPS) function shall form part of the mandate of the PMS,” the EO said.

Under Mrs. Arroyo’s directive, the PPS would “provide independent and up-to-date constructive information on the status of project implementation based on physical development performance and quality, financial performance and timeliness; and identify areas, issues and concerns that need to be addressed by lead implementing agencies and/or project management offices.”

Mrs. Arroyo also tasked the PPS to provide the Presidential Anti-Graft Commission (PAGC) and its implementing agencies the information to “ensure public awareness and participation through information campaigns and advocacy programs.”

“The PPS shall monitor the priority programs and projects of the President, such as but not limited to the projects committed (by the President) through the State of the Nation Addresses (SONA), major infrastructure projects, health and education programs, regardless of fund source,” the EO said.

The PPS Steering Committee would be composed of representatives from the business sector, civil society sector, academe, youth sector, mass media, religious sector, local government sector, international development organizations, and a national government advocacy group.

Government vows proper disposal of nuclear waste By Donnabelle Gatdula Updated April 27, 2009 12:00 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine government has vowed to implement proper waste disposal measures in the use of nuclear energy.

“If the Philippines is to resort to the use of nuclear power to address its persistent problem of energy inadequacy, it must first find ways of how to safely dispose of the nuclear wastes,” Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes told the three-day International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Energy in Beijing, China.

Reyes said the Philippine government is studying nuclear power as a long-term option to reduce its dependence on imported fossil fuel as a primary source of energy.

Reyes presented the country’s nuclear plan before the Beijing conference and urged nuclear developed countries to help in addressing the problem of nuclear waste disposal.

“One of the most sensitive and critical issues confronting the adoption of nuclear power is the disposition of nuclear wastes,” Reyes told the participants.

“The Philippines, a developing country that depends much on imported fuels, is forging ahead with plans to realize energy security and an optimal energy mix given the realities the country faces,” he said.

If and when the Philippines finally decides to consider nuclear power, Reyes said the country would be working closely with the United Nations’ International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The IAEA had organized the event primarily to allow participants to discuss developments and emerging issues relevant to the role of nuclear power in providing clear and sustainable energy for national and regional development.

Like other developing countries, the Philippines, owing to its growing requirements for electricity, is pinning its hopes on nuclear power.

Reyes said nuclear power is a proven technology with virtually no greenhouse gas emissions or emission of pollutants.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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