Official Week in Review: February 8 – February 14, 1982

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February 8—

IMEE MARCOS, chairman of the board of the Music Foundation of the Philippines, awarded cash prices and trophies to the winners in the grand finals of the 5th Metro Manila Popular Music festival during ceremonies held at Araneta coliseum Saturday night.

Ms. Marcos was assisted by Information Minister Gregorio S. Cendaña and Music Foundation Vice Chairman Teodoro F. Valencia and Antonio Barreiro.

The new awards, Ms. Marcos said, acknowledged the contributions of the country’s singers and those in the music industry who are committed to the promotion and development of Filipino popular music.

She also thanked the composers, recording artists and the designers of music present during the awarding ceremonies for the success of this year’s Metro Manila Popular Music festival.

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February 9—

THE FIRST LADY, Minister of Human Settlements Imelda R. Marcos called for higher nutrition levels in developing countries at the opening yesterday of the International Conference on Better Nutrition for Mother and Child in the Third World at the Silahis hotel.

Noting that millions of children die yearly from malnutrition and disease, the First Lady, founding chairman of the Nutrition Center of the Philippines, called the nutrition campaign a “great and a beautiful cause.”

She emphasized that money is not enough to solve the problems of malnutrition, rather a rational approach to the solution of the problem by developing and motivating the manpower potentials of every country.

The international meet, sponsored by the Nutrition Planners Forum and the National Nutrition Council, seeks to improve maternal and infant nutrition in the Third World, particularly Africa whose poor countries suffer most from malnutrition.

The First Lady said that national leaders must back up nutrition efforts with a strong political will.

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February 10—

THE FIRST LADY, Minister of Human Settlements Imelda R. Marcos, won cabinet approval yesterday for her proposal for the various ministries to set up complementary programs to support the Kilusang Kabuhayan at Kaunlaran.

The cabinet approved her proposal to transform public markets into multi-purpose centers and primary outlets for KKK products.

“If the KKK is really our centerpiece program, then we must all be together in this endeavor,” she told the ministers in a meeting presided by Prime Minister Cesar Virata at the Executive House.

She explained the focus on public markets by saying that they are the most important infrastructure in every town, and could be used also as social, political and trade centers.

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President Marcos had ordered the Ministry of Social Services to withdraw food supplies from National Food Authority warehouses to be distributed to afflicted families in Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Agusan del Sur, and Surigao del Sur provinces and Gingoog city.

Earlier, the cabinet recommended to President Marcos the proclamation of a state of calamity in four Mindanao provinces and one city ravaged by floods.

The cabinet acknowledged that the last week’s floods were the worst ever to hit Mindanao.

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February 11—

PRESIDENT MARCOS congratulated bureau of customs men yesterday for stopping the entry of prohibited items such as guns, bombs, explosives, and harmful drugs at the Manila international airport and the post office.

Addressing customs officials on the 80th anniversary of the bureau at Malacañang’s Maharlika hall, the President said: “This is one area where I urged every man and woman in the service to exercise extreme vigilance and expect all of you to join in the campaign to stop importation of these dangerous items.”

At the same time, he noted that customs collections for the last ten years exceeded the total for the earlier 70 years.

Before 1971, the President said that the bureau could never collect P1 billion in taxes in a single year, but since then the dedication of the men and women in the Bureau of Customs have increased that figure ten times over with collections of P11.45 billion in 1980 and P10.79 billion in 1981.

During the ceremonies, the President presented four organizational and unit awards and 20 individual awards for outstanding performance in 1981.

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February 12—

PRESIDENT MARCOS swore in Wednesday Ms. Imee Marcos as chairman and director general and John Litton as deputy director general of the newly created Experimental Cinema of the Philippines in ceremonies at Malacañang.

The new agency, to be known as Cinema, was created under Executive Order 770 to promote the growth and development of the local film industry.

Ms. Marcos will oversee the administration of the Cinema in her capacity as chief executive officer.

She will also:

1) Submit for the consideration of the board proposed policies and measures necessary for the operations of the Cinema;

2) Direct, supervise and administer the internal operations of the Cinema;

3) Submit an annual report to the board setting forth the Cinema program of operations, its financial status, and a program and budget for the ensuing year.

The chairman is also empowered to organize and appoint personnel for the operation of the Cinema, and coordinate and establish linkages with entities on mutters related to its activities.

The deputy director general will implement and administer the policies approved by the board, and supervise and coordinate the operations of the various departments and other offices of the Cinema.

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February 13—

PRESIDENT MARCOS approved the signing of a $325 million loan to the Philippines from a consortium of 21 banks which will help reduce the country’s dependence on foreign oil to 50 per cent by 1985.

In ceremonies at Malacañang, Central Bank Gov. Jaime Laya signed for the government while representatives signed on behalf of the 21 banks.

The loans would be used to establish a balance agro-industrial economy through projects such as sea farms, energy program and others.

Mainly, the loans will go to the financing of:

1) Blue farming for the development of marine resources;

2) Food crops which can be grown only in the Philippines and are therefore, exportable:

3) Research into areas such as genetic engineering, transfer of nitrogen-fixing qualities of legumes to rice, corn and other staples crops, etc.

4) Energy development projects, such as geothermal, dendro and hydroelectric as well as the locally-developed gasifier, which produces gases from wood to fuel engines.

The President said that by the loan, the banks not only emphasized they have faith in the political stability and economic viability of the country, but also in the competence of the people who will implement the socio-economic and political development plans of the country.

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February 14—

PRESIDENT MARCOS said that foreign investors had shown keen interest in the 11 major industrial projects.

The President indicated that he would push through the integrated steel projects in spite of negative experiences of other nations.

He said that foreign investors were aware of the projects’ viability and were attracted by the incentives being offered.

Foreign corporations and governments have made offers of direct investments, joint ventures, and loans with regard to these projects.

The President stressed that the industry will not only tap indigenous iron ore as primary source, but will also cut the price of steel at $260 per ton to $160 a ton by manufacturing its own steel requirements.

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Source: National Library of the Philippines

Office of the President of the Philippines. (1982). Official Week in Review. Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines, 78(10), lxi-lxiv.