PNOY’S administration should be thinking twice before it decides to go ahead with the controversial mining policy as about 40 provincial governors, most of them like Albay Gov. Joey Salceda who are his allies, have vowed to challenge it before the Supreme Court the moment the President signs it.
The mining policy, which is supposed to have been signed by the Chief Executive on Friday but apparently been deferred owing to the growing opposition by the governors, disregards the autonomy and independence of local governments in enacting their own ordinances in favor of national laws and regulations involving the mining industry.
As such, the national government can override laws adopted by local officials opposed or supportive of mining, according to Salceda who says that the new policy “would breed inequality of income and assets and would destroy the countryside.”
If PNoy wants to keep its hold on power, he must really review such executive order before he signs it, otherwise, he wouldn’t surely muster enough support from them in next year’s midterm elections.
AGAPP’s Pres-school in Navotas
On one side, the President’s sister, Ms. Pinky Aquino-Abellada, the chairperson of AGAPP (Aklat, Gabay at Aruga tungo sa Pag-unlad at Pag-asa) Foundation, deserves praises for her initiative to build more pre-schools like the new one-storey two-classroom building at the Kapitbahayan Elementary School in Navotas City.
No less than Mayor John Rey Tiangco is extra grateful as he promises to maintain it that’s designed for kindergarten students in the village and neighboring barangays.
“We were all gratified as we are fortunate that our city was chosen to be one of the recipients of the projects on education being initiated by the President’s sister, Ms. Aquino-Abellada,” the youthful city chief executive says.
Joy’s Prompt Action
In Quezon City, Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte, who recently was the acting chief executive while Mayor Bistek Bautista was away for an environmental forum in Brazil, was just right when she issued a memorandum authorizing barangay heads to suspend classes in case of flooding and other high risk situations in their localities.
In accordance with a presidential executive order, the punong barangay, as chairman of the Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council and in close coordination with the school head in the village, is authorized to cancel or suspend classes not later than 4 a.m. for morning classes and 10:30 a.m. for afternoon classes in the locality.
Belmonte says the city’s Public Affairs and Information Services Office has been tasked to regularly issue media advisories regarding the cancellation of classes for the information of the general public through diverse mass media, particularly radio and television, land line communications and other technologies within the community.
While most cities and towns remain confused as to who should ring the bell during typhoons and calamities, at least in QC with VM Joy’s prompt action such disorder would now be a thing of the past.