PNoy CELEBRATES 54th BIRTHDAY AS PROTESTERS WISH FOR HIM TO QUIT POST

President Aquino is celebrating his 54th birthday today and activist groups have a wish for him: to
quit his post. AnakPawis and Kadamay with about a hundred of their members held a rally at Aquino's residence at Times St. in Quezon City, a GMA-7 report said The groups criticized the president for mishandling various issues such as landgrabbing at Hacienda Luisita, the fare hike of mass railway transits and the power rate hike of Manila Electric Co. Following the protest action in Quezon City, the group proceeded to Mendiola in Manila to continue their program.

ALSO: Noy to celebrate birthday with family

President Aquino will most likely enjoy his birthday today a bit more because it falls on a weekend, unlike his past three birthdays which all fell on an ordinary working day. Aquino told reporters yesterday he will again be spending time with his siblings Ballsy, Pinky, Viel and Kris, brothers-in-law, nephews and nieces, as well as some close friends on his 54th birthday. “Tradisyon sa amin lalo na sa Kapampangan magpakain. Sana kaya ko kayong pakainin lahat. (It is Kapampangan tradition to feed well wishers. I hope I can feed you all),” Aquino said. He said he will also pray to thank God for a meaningful life. “Thank you for the 54 years and also for all the things that we are aspiring for, especially better communities – more resilient to disasters because there are so many calamities visiting our shores,” Aquino said. He, however, diverted queries on his love life, saying instead that as Chief Executive, it is his job to ensure that journalists – like all Filipinos nationwide – will enjoy their dates on Valentine’s Day. “I will make sure that you will have a peaceful celebration of Valentine’s Day,” said Aquino, who attended the retirement ceremony of Army Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes.

ALSO: PNoy marks Gaches’ 50th year

President Benigno S. Aquino III began celebrations on Friday for his 54th birthday with a visit to the Elsie Gaches Village in Muntinlupa City, which is celebrating its 50th year. Mr. Aquino praised the facility for its continuing dedication to serve individuals with developmental disorders. Protesters’ gift. President Aquino on Saturday, his 54th birthday anniversary, received a large ‘cake’ courtesy of militant groups that trooped to Mendiola near Malacañang and denounced his administration’s handling of rehabilitation efforts for survivors of typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas. -With several decades of dedicated service to the country, the President said Elsie Gaches Village is a role model and a success story of the country’s quest for long-term reforms. He said that institutions like Elsie Gaches Village must receive necessary government support. Philanthropist couple Samuel Gaches and Elsie McCloskey donated their 16-hectare summer villa to the government to be used as asylum for the sick, aged and handicapped. The facility originally started with three buildings and a handful of patients.


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PNoy celebrates 54th birthday; groups wish for him to quit post

MANILA, FEBRUARY 10, 2014 (PHILSTAR) President Aquino is celebrating his 54th birthday today and activist groups have a wish for him: to quit his post.

AnakPawis and Kadamay with about a hundred of their members held a rally at Aquino's residence at Times St. in Quezon City, a GMA-7 report said

The groups criticized the president for mishandling various issues such as landgrabbing at Hacienda Luisita, the fare hike of mass railway transits and the power rate hike of Manila Electric Co.

Following the protest action in Quezon City, the group proceeded to Mendiola in Manila to continue their program.

Aquino on Friday said his birthday wish for the year is better resilience for communities.

He also said he will spend time with his family and close friends today.

Noy to celebrate birthday with family By Delon Porcalla (The Philippine Star) | Updated February 8, 2014 - 12:00am 2 0 googleplus0 0

MANILA, Philippines - President Aquino will most likely enjoy his birthday today a bit more because it falls on a weekend, unlike his past three birthdays which all fell on an ordinary working day.

Aquino told reporters yesterday he will again be spending time with his siblings Ballsy, Pinky, Viel and Kris, brothers-in-law, nephews and nieces, as well as some close friends on his 54th birthday.

“Tradisyon sa amin lalo na sa Kapampangan magpakain. Sana kaya ko kayong pakainin lahat. (It is Kapampangan tradition to feed well wishers. I hope I can feed you all),” Aquino said.

He said he will also pray to thank God for a meaningful life.

“Thank you for the 54 years and also for all the things that we are aspiring for, especially better communities – more resilient to disasters because there are so many calamities visiting our shores,” Aquino said.

He, however, diverted queries on his love life, saying instead that as Chief Executive, it is his job to ensure that journalists – like all Filipinos nationwide – will enjoy their dates on Valentine’s Day.

“I will make sure that you will have a peaceful celebration of Valentine’s Day,” said Aquino, who attended the retirement ceremony of Army Lt. Gen. Noel Coballes.

From 2011 to 2013, Aquino spent his birthdays working, even presiding over a Cabinet meeting last year.

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PNoy marks Gaches’ 50th year By Manila Standard Today | Feb. 09, 2014 at 12:01am

President Benigno S. Aquino III began celebrations on Friday for his 54th birthday with a visit to the Elsie Gaches Village in Muntinlupa City, which is celebrating its 50th year.

Mr. Aquino praised the facility for its continuing dedication to serve individuals with developmental disorders.

Protesters’ gift.


President Aquino on Saturday, his 54th birthday anniversary, received a large ‘cake’ courtesy of militant groups that trooped to Mendiola near Malacañang and denounced his administration’s handling of rehabilitation efforts for survivors of typhoon Yolanda in Eastern Visayas. DANNY PATA

With several decades of dedicated service to the country, the President said Elsie Gaches Village is a role model and a success story of the country’s quest for long-term reforms.

He said that institutions like Elsie Gaches Village must receive necessary government support.

Starting 2010 to 2013, the Department of Social Welfare and Development allocated a yearly budget of P21 million for the EGV, he said.

In 2014, the DSWD increased the allocation to P26.4 million to widen the scope of EGV’s services, he noted.

Situated in Alabang, the Elsie Gaches Village was founded on February 3, 1964 with funding assistance from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

Philanthropist couple Samuel Gaches and Elsie McCloskey donated their 16-hectare summer villa to the government to be used as asylum for the sick, aged and handicapped. The facility originally started with three buildings and a handful of patients.

At present, the EGV has 14 cottages providing 24-hour residential care services to 589 male and female patients from all levels of developmental category.

The facility has social workers, psychologists, doctors, nurses, teachers, house parents, therapists, dieticians, and administrative support personnel. Each of them has a defined task and responsibilities geared towards caring, training, and rehabilitating individuals with developmental disorders.

The EGV is supported by the Valencia Foundation, Knights of Columbus, lawyer Rodolfo Robles, the Kiwanis Club, Catholic Women’s Club, Friends of Elsie Gaches Village Inc. and other local and foreign organizations.

Joining the President were Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman, DSWD Regional Director Alicia Bonoan, and Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi.
 


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