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September 28, 2011

Scholars Upscale Social Marketing To Promote Hero Farmers

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Can you imagine life without farmers? A team of scholars from the Young Minds Academy (YMA) Season 5 leadership program can’t. They harnessed the power of marketing strategies mostly through the new media to promote a farmer empowerment project in Consolacion, Cebu. Because of the on-going training that the farmers are undergoing, they will soon yield better and abundant harvests in their respective farms all over Cebu.


The online community has been abuzz with the iluvfarmers farmers
campaign that champions hero farmers in Cebu.

About Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan

Team CPMPC of the YMA program of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. created a campaign for the “Kabalikat sa Kabuhayan.” The project aims to educate farmers in vegetable and fruit production and innovations as part of the poverty alleviation goals of the Municipality of Consolacion.

Around 120 farmers go to the 5,000 square meter demo farm site in Brgy. Danglag to learn from the trainers from Harbest Agribusiness Corporation and the Department of Agriculture Regional Offices.

The program’s aim is to empower our farmers with knowledge to improve farm practice and increase yield, thereby providing better income opportunities.

The project started last September 11 and is set to end on November 18, 2011. This has been done in 18 other project sites all over the country as well, and as of writing, graduated more than two thousand farmers.

About iluvfarmers

The Team CPMPC scholars of YMA drafted and implemented a massive campaign to help these farmers gain social awareness and support from the public with the parameters set by RAFI which is 1,000 likes on the Facebook page and 10,000 peso donation or signature of commitment within a one month period.

But instead of focusing on achieving the goals, they turned to the notion that the quality of interaction and support they get is more important especially within the deadline.

As part of the marketing strategy, they branded their campaign as “iluvfarmers” to imply the need for people to appreciate our farmers who are considered as unsung heroes. Meticulous planning and execution was done from designing the logo, content creation and development, setting of specific goals, art direction of campaign materials such as online posters, advertisements, teasers, blog posts, endorsements from different personalities and regular updates in the social networking sites. They also went to the farm demo site and worked with the farmers themselves under extreme weather conditions and poor classroom setting.

The scholars themselves underwent input sessions with social marketing experts in the region today.

They created a Facebook page with a custom designed landing page which can be accessed at http://fb.me/iluvfarmers where details of the program and how you can support the campaign and the farmers are placed. They also created a Twitter account http://twitter.com/iluvfarmers where conversations and interactions are done not only with netizens but as well as Agriculture and Farming organizations all over the world. To curate the beautiful life stories of the farmers and to regularly update the supporters with the latest developments of the project, Team CPMPC scholars also had created a blog site http://iluvfarmers.blogspot.com for better content and brand establishment.


The iluvfarmers Campaign is being spearheaded by Jaysee John R. Pingkian, Lorbe Catadman, Babykit Marie Nunez, Irish Nunez and John Rhecel Solon members of the Team CPMPC of the YMA Season 5.



Why you should help?

Farming is not as fun as you would experience through games like Farmville. It actually takes a lot of effort and life as we know it and some people have not only considered it as livelihood but life in itself.

The project needs to sustain because they have learned to pursue a reliable source of income with very little capital through the technologies and knowledge imparted to them.

They need not only awareness from people but as well as donations in money or in kind such as farming tools and fertilizers, vegetable and fruit seeds and seedlings because after the training they are expected to apply their knowledge unto their respective farm lands.

Keep in mind that they are also the providers of their families.

They also need social awareness because little attention and support is given to these people whose efforts are barely recognized and compensated for the amount of work they are doing.

How can you help?

4 Steps to Help Them!

  1. LIKE and SHARE this page! COMMENT on photos and posts as well!
  2. DONATE your Facebook or Twitter Status:
    • They work hard to provide us food. We can help them do better. FOLLOW @iluvfarmers and LIKE http://fb.me/iluvfarmers 
    • Somewhere in the mountains are heroes who work tirelessly to provide us and their families. FOLLOW @iluvfarmers and LIKE http://fb.me/iluvfarmers
    • Facebook is not just for emo stuff. It could also be used to support our hero farmers! FOLLOW @iluvfarmers and LIKE http://fb.me/iluvfarmers
    • Or you could CREATE YOUR CREATIVE STATUS and post it on the Facebook page so they could feature you!
  1. FOLLOW us on Twitter http://twitter.com/iluvfarmers
  2. DONATE or ask people to donate money, farm tools, farm supplies, seedlings or seeds.
    • Contact iluvfarmers Campaign Ambassador Lorbe Catadman: 09299613737

September 4, 2009

PGMA to expand cash transfer coverage to 1M poor families

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President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo plans to expand the coverage of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4P) to one million poor families affected by the global financial crisis.
The President has directed Budget and Management Secretary Rolando. Andaya to ensure funding for the 4P, a conditional cash transfer program being implemented by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
"Secretary Andaya is working right now to ensure that will be funded. If the program can be expanded to more than one million beneficiaries, the President will do that because she believes this conditional cash assistance to the poorest of the poor is very important. It is the most effective way to help our countrymen overcome poverty," said Press Secretary Cerge Remonde.
Based on next year's P1.541-trillion national budget submitted by the President, 4P will get P12 billion or more than double this year's P5-billion budget.
Remonde added government is also looking at government-owned and -controlled corporations to help expand 4P.

PGMA's strong faith in God, prayerfulness enable her to lead the country well-Remonde

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Her strong faith in God and her being prayerful are President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's strongest weapons which have enabled her to steer the country towards focused development goals despite criticisms from her detractors.
Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said her being prayerful strengthens the President's resolve to work on what should be done rather than exerting efforts to do well in popularity surveys. This, he said, should be emulated by anyone desiring to lead the country.
"As we all know, the president is a very prayerful person. She attends mass, goes to confessions every day. And I think this is where she draws strength from. I think this is what enables her to weather all of these problems. That's why prayerfulness, being prayerful, is indeed important for everyone specially for those who want to lead the land," Remonde said.
The President, according to him, has been in the habit of constantly communing and consulting with God whenever she has to make any decision.
"We will appreciate other political leaders who would adopt this attitude of prayerfulness, specially when having to make major decisions. This is something that President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has been doing, not only since day one of her presidency, but I think in all the days of her life," Remonde said.
The President's focus in the next few months, according to Remonde will be on the three Es which she mentioned in her State of the Nation address-- economy, environment, and education.
"She's doing what needs to be done. She is focusing on what she feels is important and what is necessary. Her attitude in governance is to decide on what is best, do her best, and let God take care of the rest," he said.
"I believe the President will continue with that. But I think the responsibility of helping the President be understood by a greater number of people lies with us in the Cabinet. That is why we have been constantly communicating with you as best as we can to help people better understand and appreciate what the President is doing," he said." (PND)

July 28, 2009

PRESIDENT GLORIA MACAPAGAL ARROYO’S SPEECH DURING A DINNER MEETING WITH THE FILUSA (FILIPINOS INTERNATIONAL OF THE U.S.A.)

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Wednesday, 29 July 2009

 
Willard Ballroom, Willard Hotel Washington, D.C., USA July 29, 2009
Thank you.
Thank you.
Thank you very much Secretary Pamintuan for your introduction.
I’m happy to be here with you tonight with an official delegation who will be meeting with their counterparts. We have here the Speaker of the House of Representatives Speaker Boy Nograles and several members of Congress who will be attending the various meetings with members of Congress tomorrow. We have here, of course, several Cabinet members who will be meeting with their counterparts headed by Foreign Affairs Secretary Bert Romulo and Executive Secretary Ed Ermita. We have with us also members of the Senate, Miriam is not here with us tonight but we have Lito Lapid here with us tonight. We have a governor, Governor Tet Garcia of Bataan, and we have two city mayors: Mayor of Marikina Marides Fernando and Mayor of Danao City Nitoy Durano.
And of course, I’d like to greet the leaders of the Filipino community here headed by our Ambassador to Washington Willy Gaa. And Henry and Jackie, thank you so much, and all of you who came from everywhere Maryland, San Francisco, Virginia, of course, Washington.
Magandang gabi sa inyong lahat. At king kekatang 60 percent ni attendance ngening bengi, mayap a bengi kekongan. Thank you. Thank you. Of course, we must also greet the other Filipinos from various parts of the country: sa mga kaigsuonan gikan sa Visayas ug Mindanao maayong gabii kaninyong tanan; sa indo gabos Bikolano, marhay nga bangi; sa mga kasimanwa sang akon bana nga ari naman subong, maayong gab-i sa inyo nga tanan; dagiti kakailyan ni mamang ko, naimbag a rabii yo amin.
And, of course, congratulations to the Filipinos International of the United States of America or FILUSA here in Washington and sorrounding areas, and the other American organizations here tonight. Thank you very much for coming despite the very short notice and thank you for waiting. You know when we arrived in Canada a half an hour ahead of schedule, so I was so happy... Oh, we’ll arrive in Washington half an hour ahead of schedule instead combination of paper work and inclement weather along the way made us not leave half an hour ahead of schedule, not in _____ schedule it made as leave an hour and a half later than schedule, but thank you for waiting. I’m so sorry for that.
Last month, I met with the FILUSA chapter in Los Angeles. And I congratulated your organization, as I congratulate now FILUSA-Washington D.C.,  as Jackie described it your efforts in helping unify the Filipino community here in the U.S. and in projecting the good news about the Philippines. And I’m happy about the launching tonight here in Washington your “Proudly Filipino” campaign. Congratulations!
And as you have said, we are really very pleased to accept the invitation of President Obama to be the first leader from our region to meet with him at the White House.
The Oval Office meeting with President Obama comes at a pivotal time for U.S. relations in Asia. We’re very hopeful that the Obama Administration will put America on the radar screen in Asia. The visit to the region by Secretary Clinton where she met with Secretary Romulo in Thailand and now the early outreach by President Obama sends strong signals that the U.S. is committed to a new, more robust engagement with the region.
The fact that President Obama sought out the Philippines for this first opportunity is a testament to the strong and deep ties between our two nations. Kaya maganda yung placard ninyo, “Mabuhay RP-U.S. Relations!"  Ayun, thank you for that. “Long Live our U.S.-Filipino Relations!”  Yeah, thank you.
The early invitation also reflects the ongoing relationship we have built up through a series of phone conversations and correspondences reaching back to when Senator Obama was the candidate for President.
Our expectations for this trip are straightforward: to meet the new U.S. President and to advance the interests of the Philippines with our strongest friend and ally. The U.S. is essential to our economic, diplomatic and national security. We plan to ensure that these objectives remain front and center and on track between our two nations.
High on our agenda will be peace and security issues, including ways to continue to strengthen regional cooperation on anti-terrorism.
We will also discuss the global economic crisis that has swept the world and what we can do to mitigate the impact on the poor, especially in Asia and the Philippines.
The other day, I delivered my State of the Nation Address. As we all know, the past twelve months had been a year for the history books. As you know more than I do because you experienced it personally, financial meltdown in the West spread throughout the world. Billions across the globe had been hurt. Tens of millions have lost their jobs.
It has affected the Philippines as well. But, and Jackie said, your proposition tell the good news, the story of the Philippines in 2008 is that the country weathered a succession of global crises in fuel, in food, then in finance, and finally the economy in a global recession, but never losing focus and with economic fundamentals intact.
A few days ago Moody’s upgraded our credit rating, in the middle of a global recession, citing the resilience of our economy. Therefore, I could say, the state of our nation is a strong economy.
I want our Republic to be ready for first world in 20 years. And towards that vision, we, the senators, the congressmen, Speaker made key reforms. Our economic plan centers on putting people first. Higit sa lahat, ang layunin ng ating mga patakaran ay tulungan ang masisipag na karaniwang Pilipino. New tax revenues were put in place to help pay for better healthcare, more roads, and a strong education system.
Housing policies were designed to lift up our poorer citizens so they can live and raise a family with dignity. Ang ating mga puhunan sa agrikultura ay naglalayong kilalanin ang atin mga magsasaka bilang backbone ng ating bansa, at bigyan sila ng mga modernong kagamitan to feed our nation and feed their own family.
In 2008 up to early 2009, we were among only a few economies in Asia-Pacific that did not shrink, contrast that to 2001 when I first became President. Asia was then surging, our country was on the brink of bankruptcy. Now it’s the other way around. The world is in recession. Our country remain strong.
Since 2001, our economy posted uninterrupted growth for 33 quarters, and more than doubled its size -- in 2001 it was 76 billion dollars; in 2008 186 billion dollars, more than double what it was eight years ago. And the average GDP growth during our administration is the highest among all administrations in the last 43 years. From January 2001 to April 2009 we created eight million jobs -- source of that, the National Statistics Office Labor for Survey. That is an average of a million a year more than at any other time in our history.
Our foreign debt ratio we cut in half from 73 percent before I started to 32 percent of GDP. Kaya kung meron man tayong malaking kaaway na tinalo, walang iba kung hindi yung utang, yung foreign debt. Others conjured the demon of foreign debt. We exorcised foreign debt from our country.
Our average inflation rate is the lowest since 1966. Sabi nga ni Governor Salceda sa akin, Joey Salceda who is an economist, “Alam mo, Ma’am, ang nakatalo lang sa record mo sa ekonomiya yung tatay mo, si President Diosdado Macapagal.” And last June, a month ago, inflation dropped to 1.5 percent.
What do all these things mean? They mean that we have a strong economy in a strong fiscal position to withstand global shocks. And we were able to achieve this at the same time that we were building new modern infrastructure and completing unfinished ones. And the economy is more fair to the poor than ever before. Aside from that, we are building a sound base for the next generation. And International experts have taken note that we are safer from natural and man-made disasters.
Sa hirap at ginhawa, ang ating bansa ay pinapatatag ninyo, ang ating Overseas Filipinos, kaya nagpapasalamat ako sa inyo. Kahit hindi gaanong lumalaki ang numero, eight million nung nagsimula ako bilang Presidente, more or less eight million pa rin ngayon. Iyong padala ninyong 16 billion dollars noong isang taon ay record. At itong taon, mas mataas pa kaysa sa record na ginawa noong isang taon. At pinakamalaking bahagi ng remittances ay nanggaling dito sa ating mga kababayan sa North America. Kaya maraming salamat sa inyo.
But even as we honor you for your hard work at malasakit ninyo sa inyong bansa, sa ating bansa, we are doing our best to create good paying jobs at home, so that overseas work will just be a career choice, and not the only option for a hardworking Filipino.
In fact, meron akong mga kaibigan na nasa Los Angeles. A lot of Filipinos in Los Angeles are doing well over the past years in real estate, eh pero ngayon bumagsak ang real estate. Well, they went back home and got into the real estate business and they’re doing better there. So, that was what I would want -- that every Filipino has an option. You can be in America and be okey, and you can be in the Philippines and be okey -- that is our ambition. Salamat.
Meantime, meantime, as Jackie said, you have the usual critics in the opposition and also in the ideological groups of the left and the right. While we’re doing our best to create jobs, they’re also doing their best and their worst in trying to bring me down. And if you look at all their charges, the things I’ve never done any of the things that have scared them so much. They seem to be frightened by their own shadows.
The noisiest critic of constitutional reform tirelessly and shamelessly attempted Cha-Cha when they thought they could take advantage of it. Now that they feel they cannot benefit from it, they oppose it. So, what is that? For bested interest versus national interest.
I never declared Martial Law, but they’re running scared as if I did. Really in truth, what they are really afraid of is their own weakness in the face of this self-imagined threat.
And I never expressed the desire to extend myself beyond my term. But many of those who accuse me of it were the ones who tried to cling like nails to their own posts.
My term does not end until next year. And until then, with your support, I will fight for the ordinary Filipino. There is much to do as head of state up to the very last day. And I trust that the Filipino-American community, the FILUSA, the different organizations here will continue to support and have faith in the Philippines.
So, I am so happy to be able to be with you tonight kahit na naghintay kayo -- I feel so guilty about that -- kahit na nagutom kayo, akala ko kumain na sana kayo bago... habang hinihintay ako, but thank you so much for waiting for me. Thank you what you’re saying -- you support peace and progress in the Philippines.
Maraming salamat sa inyong lahat.

July 27, 2009

PGMA’s SONA 2009 Transcript

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Thank you, Speaker Nograles, Senate President Enrile, Senators, Representatives, Vice President de Castro, President Ramos, Chief Justice Puno, Ambassadors, friends:

The past twelve months have been a year for the history books. Financial meltdown in the West spread throughout the world...

Tens of millions lost their jobs; billions across the globe have been hurt—the poor always harder than the rich. No one was spared....
It has affected us already. But the story of the Philippines in 2008 is that the country weathered a succession of global crises in fuel, in food, then in finance and finally the economy in a global recession, never losing focus and with economic fundamentals intact...

A few days ago, Moody’s has just announced the upgrade of our credit rating, citing the resilience of our economy. The state of our nation is a strong economy. Good news for our people, bad news for our critics...

I did not become President to be popular. To work, to lead, to protect and preserve our country, our people, that is why I became President. When my father left the Presidency, we were second to Japan. I want our Republic to be ready for the first world in 20 years...

Towards that vision, we made key reforms. Our economic plan centers on putting people first. Higit sa lahat ang layunin ng ating mga patakaran ay tulungan ang masipag na karaniwang Pilipino. New tax revenues were put in place to help pay for better healthcare, more roads, a strong education system. Housing policies were designed to lift up our poorest citizens so they can live and raise a family with dignity. Ang ating mga puhunan sa agrikultura ay naglalayong kilalanin ang ating mga magsasaka bilang backbone ng ating bansa, at bigyan sila ng mga modernong kagamitan to feed our nation and feed their own family....

Had we listened to the critics of those policies, had we not braced ourselves for the crisis that came, had we taken the easy road much preferred by politicians eyeing elections, this country would be flat on its back. It would take twice the effort just to get it back again on its feet—to where we are now because we took the responsibility and paid the political price of doing the right thing. For standing with me and doing the right thing, thank you, Congress...

The strong, bitter and unpopular revenue measures of the past few years have spared our country the worst of the global financial shocks. They gave us the resources to stimulate the economy. Nabigyan nila ang pinakamalaking pagtaas ng IRA ng mga LGU na P40 billion itong taon, imparting strength throughout the country and at every level of government...

Compared to the past, we have built more and better infrastructure, including those started by others but left unfinished. The Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway is a prime example of building better roads. It creates wealth as the flagship of the Subic-Clark corridor.

We have built airports of international standard, upgraded domestic airports, built seaports and the RORO system. I ask Congress for a Philippine Transport Security Authority Law....

Some say that after this SONA, it will be all politics. Sorry, but there’s more work....

Sa telecommunications naman, inatasan ko ang Telecommunications Commission na kumilos na tungkol sa mga sumbong na dropped calls at mga nawawalang load sa cellphone. We need to amend the Commonwealth-era Public Service Law. And we need to do it now....

Kung noong nakaraan, lumakas ang electronics, today we are creating wealth by developing the BPO and tourism sectors as additional engines of growth. Electronics and other manufactured exports rise and fall in accordance with the state of the world economy. But BPO remains resilient. With earnings of $6 billion and employment of 600,000, the BPO phenomenon speaks eloquently of our competitiveness and productivity. Let us have a Department of ICT....

In the last four years tourism almost doubled. It is now a $5 billion industry...

Our reforms gave us the resources to protect our people, our financial system and our economy from the worst of shocks that the best in the west failed to anticipate....

They gave us the resources to do reforms para palawakin ang suportang panlipunan and enhance spending power....For helping e raise salaries through joint resolution, thank you Congress.

Cash handouts give the most immediate relief and produce the widest stimulating effect. Nakikinabang ang 700,000 na pinakamahihirap na pamilya sa programang Pantawid Pamilya.

Our preference is to invest in projects with the same stimulus effects but also with long-term contributions to national progress....

Sa pagpapamahagi ng milyun-milyong ektaryang lupa, 700,000 na katutubo at mahigit isang milyong benepisyaryo ng CARP ay taas-noong may-ari na ng sariling lupa. Hinihiling ko sa Kongreso na ipasa agad ang pagpapalawig ng CARP, at dapat ma-condone ang P42 billion na land reform liabilities dahil 18% lamang ang nabayaran mula 1972. Napapanahon dahil it will unfreeze the rural property market. Ang mahal kong ama ang nag-emancipate ng mga magsasaka. Ii-mancipate naman natin ngayon ang titulo....

Nakinabang ang pitong milyong entrepreneurs sa P165 billion na microfinance. Nakinabang ang 1,000 sa economic resiliency plan. Kasama natin ngayon ang isa sa kanila, si Gigi Gabiola. Dating household service worker sa Dubai, ngayon siya ay nagtatrabaho sa DOLE. Good luck, Gigi...
Nakinabang ang isang milyong pamilya sa programang pabahay at palupa, mula sa PAG-IBIG, NHA, community mortgage program, certificates of lot awards, at saka yung inyong Loan Condonation and Restructuring Act....

Our average inflation is the lowest since 1966. Last June, it dropped to 1.5%. Paano nakamit ito? Proper policies lowered interest rates, which lowered costs to business and consumers.

Dahil sa ating mga reporma, nakaya nating ibenta ang bigas NFA sa P18.25 per kilo kahit tumaas ang presyo sa labas mula P17.50 hanggang P30 dahil sa kakulangan ng supply sa mundo. Habang, sa unang pagkakataon, naitaas ang pamimili ng palay sa mga magsasaka, P17 mula sa P11...

Dahil sa ating mga reporma, nakaya nating mamuhunan sa pagkain—anticipating an unexpected global food crisis. Nakagawa tayo ng libu-libong kilometro ng farm-to-market roads at kasama ng pribadong sector, natubigan ang dalawang milyong ektarya. Mga Badjao gaya ni Tarnati Dannawi ay tinuruan ng modernong mariculture. Umabot na sa P180,000 ang kinita niya mula noong nakaraang taon. Congratulations, Tarnati. We will help more fisherfolk shift to fish farming with a budget of P1 billion...

Dahi dumarami na naman daw ang pamilyang nagugutom, mamumuhunan tayo ng bago sa Hunger Mitgation program na nakitang mabisa. Tulungan nito ako dito Kongreso...

Mula noong 2001, Nanawagan tayo ng mas murang gamot. Nagbebenta na tayo ng mga gamot na kalahating presyo sa libu-libong Botika ng Bayan at Botika ng Barangay sa maraming dako ng bansa. Our efforts prodded the pharmaceutical companies to come up with low-cost generics and brands like RiteMed. I supported the tough version of the House of the Cheaper Medicine Law. I supported it over the weak version of my critics. The result: the drug companies volunteered to bring down drug prices, slashing by half the prices of 16 drugs. Thank you, Congressman Cua, Alvarez, Biron and Locsin....

Pursuant to law, I am placing other drugs under a maximum retail price. To those who want to be President, this advice: If you want something done, do it hard, do it well. Don’t pussyfoot. Just do it. Don't say bad words in public.

Sa health insurance, sakop na ang 86% ng ating populasyon...

Sa Rent Control Law ng 2005 hanggang 2008, hanggang sampung porsyento lang maaaring itaas taon-taon ang upa. Iyong kakapirma nating batas naglagay ng isang taong moratorium, tapos pitong porsyento lang ang maaaring itaas. Salamat, Kongreso....

Noong isang taon, nabiyayaan ng tig-P500 ang mahigit pitong milyong tahanan bilang Katas ng Pantawid Koryente para sa mga small electricity users....
Iyong power rates, ang EPIRA natin ang pangmatagalang sagot. EPIRA dismantled monopoly. But minana natin iyong power purchase agreements under preceding administrations, so hindi pa natin makuha iyong buong intended effect. Pero happy na rin tayo, dahil isang taon na lamang iyan. The next generation will benefit from low prices from our EPIRA. Thank you...

Samantala, umabot na sa halos lahat ng barangay ang elektrisidad. We increased indigenous energy from 48% to 58%. Nakatipid tayo sa dollars tapos malaki pa ang na-reduce pa iyong oil consumption. The huge reduction in fossil fuel is the biggest proof of energy independence and environmental responsibility. Further reduction will come with the implementation of the Renewable Energy Act...and the Biofuels Act....again, thank you.

The next generation will also benefit from our lower public debt to GDP ratio. It declined from 78% in 2000 to 55% in 2008. We cut in half the debt of government corporations from 15% to 7. Likewise foreign debt from 73% to 32%. Kung meron man tayong malaking kaaway na tinalo, walang iba kundi ang utang, iyong foreign debt. Past administrations conjured the demon of foreign debt. We exorcised it....

The market grows economies. A free market, not a free-for-all...

To that end, we improved our banking system to complement its inherent conservatism. The Bangko Sentral has been prudent. Thank you, Governor Tetangco, for being so effective. The BSP will be even more effective if Congress will amend its Charter....

We worked on the Special Purpose Vehicle Act, reducing non-performing loans from 18% to 4% and improving loan-deposit ratios....

Our new Securitization Law did not encourage the recklessness that brought down giant banks and insurance companies elsewhere and laid their economies to waste. In fact, it monitors and regulates the new-fangled financial schemes. Thank you, Congress....

We will work to increase tax effort through improved collections and new sin taxes to further our capacity to reduce poverty and pursue growth. Revenue enhancement must come from the Department of Finance plugging leaks and catching tax and customs cheats. I call on tax-paying citizens and tax-paying businesses: help the BIR and Customs spot those cheats…

Taxes should come from alcohol and tobacco and not from books. Tax hazards to lungs and livers, do not tax minds. Ang kita mula sa buwis sa alak at sigarilyo ay dapat pumunta sa kalusugan at edukasyon. Sa kalusugan, pondohan ang Philhealth premiums ng pinakamahihirap. Ponhodhan ang mas maraming classroom at computers.....

Pardon my partiality for the teaching profession. I was a teacher....

Kaya namuhunan tayo ng malaki sa edukasyon at skills training....

Ang magandang edukasyon ay susi sa mas mabuting buhay, the great equalizer that allows every young Filipino a chance to realize their dreams...
Nagtayo tayo ng 95,000 na silid-aralan, nagdagdag ng 60,000 na guro, naglaan ng P1.5 billion para sa teacher training, especially for 100,000 English teachers. Isa sa pinakamahirap na Millennium Development Goals ay iyong Edukasyon para sa Lahat pagdating ng 2015, na nangunguhulugang lahat ng nasa edad ay nasa grade school. Halos walang bansang nakakatupad nito. Ngunit nagsisikap tayo. Binaba natin ang gastos ng pagpasok. Nagtayo tayo ng mga eskwela sa higit isang libong barangay na dati walang eskwelahan, upang makatipid ng gastos ng pasahe ang mga bata. Tinanggal natin ang miscellaneous fees para sa primary school.

Hindi na kailangan ang uniporme sa mga estudyante sa public schools...

We assist financially half of all students in private high schools....

We have provided 600,000 college and post-graduate scholarships. One of them Mylene Amerol-Macumbal, finished Accounting at MSU-IIT, went to law school, and placed second in the last bar exams--the first Muslim woman bar topnotcher. Congratulations...

In technical education and skills training, we have invested three times that of three previous administrations combined. Narito si Jennifer Silbor, isa sa sampung milyong trainee. Natuto siya ng medical transcription. Now, as an independent contractor and lecturer for transcriptions in Davao, kumikita siya ng P18,000 bawat buwan. Good job.

The Presidential Task Force on Education headed by Jesuit educator Father Bienvenido Nebres has come out with the Main Education Highway towards a Knowledge-Based Economy. It envisions seamless education from basic to vocational school or college....

It seeks to mainstream early childhood development in basic education. Our children are our most cherished possession. In their early years we must make sure they get a healthy start in life. They must receive the right food for a healthy body, the right education for a bright and inquiring mind—and the equal opportunity for a meaningful job....

For college admission, the Task Force recommends mandatory Scholastic Aptitude Tests. It also recommends that private higher education institutions and state universities and colleges should be harmonized. It also recommends that CHED will oversee of local universities and colleges. For professions seeking international recognition—engineering, architecture, accountancy, pharmacy and physical therapy—it recommends radical reform: 10 years of basic education, two years of pre-university, three years of university...

Our educational system should make the Filipino fit not just for whatever jobs happen to be on offer today, but also for whatever economic challenge life will throw in their way....

Sa hirap at ginhawa, ang ating overseas Filipinos ay pinapatatag ang ating bansa. Iyong padala nilang $16 billion noong isang taon ay record. Itong taon, mas mataas pa....

I know that this is not a sacrifice joyfully borne. This is work where it can be found—in faraway places, among strangers with different cultures. It is lonely work, it is very hard work....

Kaya nagsisikap tayong lumikha ng mga trabahong maganda ang bayad dito sa atin so that overseas work will just be a career choice, not the only option for a hardworking Filipino in search of a better life...

Meanwhile, we should make their sacrifices worthwhile. Dapat gumawa tayo ng mga mas malakas na paraan upang proteksyonan at palawak ang halaga ng kanilang pinagsikapang sweldo. That means stronger consumer protection for OFWs investing in property and products back home. Para sa kanila, pinapakilos natin ang Investors Protection Task Force....

Hindi ako nag-aatubiling bisitahin ang ating taong bayan at ang kanilang mga hosts sa buong mundo – mula Hapon...hanggang Brazil, mula Europa at Middle East hanggang sa American Midwest, nakikinig sa kanilang mga problema at pangangailangan, inaalam kung paano matulungan sila n gating pamahalaan—-by working out better policies on migrant labor, or by saving lives and restoring liberty....

Pagpunta ko sa Saudi, pinatawad ni Haring Abdullah ang pitong daang OFW na nasa preso. Pinuno nila ang isang buong eroplano at umuwi kasama ko....
Mula sa ating State Visit to Spain, it has become our biggest European donor. At si Haring Juan Carlos ay nakikipag-usap sa ibang mga bansa para sa ating mga namomoblemang OFW. Ganoon di si Sheikh Khalifa, ang Prime Minister ng Bahrain....

Pagpunta ko sa Kuwait, Emir al-Sabah commuted death sentences. For overseas workers, maraming salamat.

Our vigorous international engagement has helped bring in foreign investment. Net foreign direct investments multiplied 15 times during our administration.
Kasama ng ating mga Together with our OFWs, they more than doubled our foreign exchange reserves. Pinalakas ang ating piso at naiwasan ang lubhang pagtaasng presyo. They upgraded our credit because our reserves grew by $3 billion while those of our peers have shrunk.....

Our international engagement has also corrected historical injustice. The day we visited Washington, Senator Daniel Inouye successfully sponsored benefits for our veterans as part of America’s fiscal stimulus package...

I have accepted the invitation of President Obama to be the first Southeast Asian leader to meet him at the White House, this week....
That he sought us the Philippines testifies to our strong and deep ties....

High on our agenda will be peace and security issues. Terrorism: how to meet it, how to end it, how to address its roots in injustice and prejudice—and most and always how to protect lives....

We will also discuss nuclear non-proliferation. The Philippines will chair the review of the nuclear weapons non-proliferation Treaty in New York in May 2010. The success of the talks will be a major diplomatic achievement for us....

There is a range of other issues we will discuss, including the global challenge of climate change, especially the threat to countries with long coastlines. And there is the global recession, its worse impact on poor people, and the options that can spare them from the worst.

In 2008 up to the first quarter of 2009 we stood among only a few economies in Asia-Pacific that did not shrink. Compare this in 2001, when some of my current critics were driven out by people power, Asia was then surging but our country was on the brink of bankruptcy....

Since then, our economy has posted uninterrupted growth for 33 quarters; more than doubled its size from $76 billion to $186 billion. The average GDP growth from 2001 to the first quarter of 2009 is the highest in 43 years.

Bumaba ang bilang ng nagsasabing mahihirap sila, mula 59% sa 47%. Kahit na lumaki ang ating populasyon, nabawasan ng dalawang milyon ang bilang ng mahihirap. GNP per capita rose from a Third World $967 to $2,051. Lumikha tayo ng walong milyong trabaho, an average of a million per year, much, much more than at any other time....

In sum:

1. We have a strong economy in a strong fiscal position to withstand political shocks....

2. We built new modern infrastructure and completed unfinished ones.

3. The economy is more fair to the poor than ever before....

4. We are building a sound base for the next generation....

5. International authorities have taken notice that we are safer from environmental degradation and man-made disasters....

As a country in the path of typhoons and in the Pacific Rim of Fire, we must be as prepared as the latest technology permits to anticipate natural calamities when that is possible; to extend immediate and effective relief when it is not….The mapping of flood- and landslide-prone areas is almost complete. Early warning, forecasting and monitoring systems have been improved, with weather tracking facilities in Subic, Tagaytay, Mactan, Mindanao, Pampanga....

We have worked on flood control infrastructure like those for Pinatubo, Agno, Laoag, and Abucay, which will pump the run off waters from Quezon City and Tondo flooding Sampaloc. This will help relieve hundreds of hectares in this old city of its age-old woe....

Patuloy naman iyong sa Camanava, dagdag sa Pinatubo, Iloilo, Pasig-Marikina, Bicol River Basin, at mga river basin ng Mindanao....

The victims of typhoon Frank in Panay should receive their long-overdue assistance package. I ask Congress to pass the SNITS Law....

Namana natin ang pinakamatagal ng rebelyon ng Komunista sa buong mundo.

Si Leah de la Cruz isa sa labindalawang libong rebel returnee. Sixteen pa lang siya nang sumali sa NPA. Naging kasapi sa regional White Area Committee, napromote sa Leyte Party Committee Secretary. Nahuli noong 2006. She is now involved in an LGU-supported handicraft livelihood training of former rebels. We love you, Leah!

There is now a good prospect for peace talks both with both the Communist Party of the Philippines and the MILF, with whom we are now on ceasefire....

We inherited an age-old conflict in Mindanao, exacerbated by a politically popular but near-sighted policy of massive retaliation. This only provoked the other side to continue the war....

In these two internal conflicts, ang tanong ay hindi, “Sino ang mananalo?” kundi, bakit ba kailangang mag-away ang kapwa Pilipino tungkol sa mga isyu na alam ng dalawang panig over issues na malulutas naman sa paraang demokratiko.

There is nothing more that I would wish for than peace in Mindanao. It will be a blessing for all its people, Muslim, Christian and lumads. It will show other religiously divided communities that there can be common ground on which to live together in peace, harmony and cooperation that respects each other’s religious beliefs....

At sa lahat ng dako ng bansa, kailangan nating protektahan an gating mamamayan kontra sa krimen -- in their homes, in their neighborhoods, in their communities.

How shall crime be fought? Through the five pillars of justice. We call on Congress to fund more policemen on the streets....

Real government is about looking beyond the vested to the national interest, setting up the necessary conditions to enable the next, more enabled and more empowered generation to achieve a country as prosperous, a people as content, as ours deserve to be....

The noisiest critics of constitutional reform tirelessly and shamelessly attempted Cha-Cha when they thought they could take advantage of a shift in the form of government. Now that they feel they cannot benefit from it, they oppose it.

As the process of fundamental political reform begins, let us address the highest exercise of democracy...voting!
In 2001, I said we would finance fully automated elections. We got it, thanks to Congress....

At the end of this speech I shall step down from this stage...but not from the Presidency. My term does not end until next year. Until then, I will fight for the ordinary Filipino. The nation comes first. There is much to do as head of state—to the very last day....

A year is a long time. Patuloy ang pamumuhunan sa tinatawag na three E’s ng ekonomiya, environment at edukasyon. There are many perils that we must still guard against....

A man-made calamity is already upon us, global in scale. As I said earlier, so far we have been spared its worst effects but we cannot be complacent. We only know that we have generated more resources on which to draw, and thereby created options we could take. Thank God we did not let our critics stop us....

As the campaign unfolds and the candidates take to the airwaves, I ask them to talk more about how they will build up the nation rather than tear down their opponents. Our candidates must understand the complexities of our government and what it takes to move the country forward. Give the electorate real choices and not just sweet talk....

Meanwhile, I will keep a steady hand on the tiller, keeping the ship of state away from the shallows some prefer, and steering it straight on the course I set in 2001....
Ang ating taong bayan ay masipag at maka-Diyos. These qualities are epitomized in someone like Manny Pacquiao....Manny trained tirelessly, by the book, with iron discipline, with the certain knowledge that he had to fight himself, his weaknesses first, before he could beat his opponent. That was the way to clinch his victories and his ultimate title: ang pinakadakilang boksingero sa kasaysayan..........Mabuhay ka, Manny!

However much a President wishes it, a national problem cannot be knocked out with a single punch. A President must work with the problem as much as against it, and turn it into a solution if I can…

There isn’t a day I do not work at my job or a waking moment when I do not think through a work-related problem. Even my critics cannot begrudge the long hours I put in. Our people deserve-a-government that works just as hard as they do...
A President must be on the job 24/7, ready for any contingency, any crisis, anywhere, anytime....

Everything right can be undone by even a single wrong. Every step forward must be taken in the teeth of political pressures and economic constraints that could push you two steps back-if-you flinch and falter.. I have not flinched, I have not faltered. Hindi ako umaatras sa hamon....

And I have never done any of the things that have scared my worst critics so much. They are frightened by their own shadows....

In the face of attempted coups, I issued emergency proclamations just in case. But I was able to resolve these military crises with the ordinary powers of my office. My critics call it dictatorship. I call it determination.... We know it as strong government....

But I never declared martial law, though they are running scared as if I did. In truth, what they are really afraid of is their weakness in the face of this self-imagined threat....

I say to them: do not tell us what we all know, that democracy can be threatened. Tell us what you will do when it is attacked....

I know what to do:

I know what to do, as I have shown, I will defend democracy with arms when it is threatened by violence; with firmness when it is weakened by division; with law and order where it is subverted by anarchy; and always, I will try to sustain it by wise policies of economic progress, so that a democracy means not just an empty liberty but a full life for all....

I never expressed the desire to extend myself beyond my term. Many of those who accuse me of it tried to cling like nails to their posts....

I am accused of misgovernance. Many of those who accuse me of it left me the problem of their misgovernance to solve. And we did it....

I am falsely accused, without proof, of using my office for personal profit. Many of those who accuse me of it have lifestyles and spending habits that make them walking proofs of that crime....

We can read their frustrations. They had the chance to serve this good country and they blew it by serving themselves....

Those who live in glass houses should cast no stones. Those who should be in jail should not threaten it, especially if they have been there....

Our administration, with the highest average rate of growth, recording multiple increases in investments, with the largest job creation in history, and which gets a credit upgrade at the height of a world recession, must be doing something right, even if some of those cocooned in corporate privilege refuse to recognize it....

Governance, however, is not about looking back and getting even. It is about looking forward and giving more—to the people who gave us the greatest, hardest gift of all: the care of a country.

From Bonifacio at Balintawak to Cory Aquino at EDSA and up to today, we have struggled to bring power to the people, and this country to the eminence it deserves....

Today the Philippines is weathering well the storm that is raging around the world. It is growing stronger with the challenge. When the weather clears, as it will, there is no telling how much farther forward it can go. Believe in it. I believe...

We can and we must-march-forward-with-hope, optimism and determination.

We must come together, work together and walk together toward the future.

Bagamat malaking hamon ang nasa ating harapan, nasa kamay natin ang malaking kakayahan. Halina’t pagtulungan nating tiyakin ang karapat-dapat na kinabukasan ng ating Inang Bayan....

And to the people of our good country, for allowing me to serve as your President, maraming salamat. Mabuhay ang Pilipinas.

July 21, 2009

PGMA to grace power plant launch tomorrow

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President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will grace tomorrow the ceremonial launching of the 458-megawatt Makban geothermal power plant to highlight the Philippines’ position as the second largest producer of geothermal energy next only to the United States.
The President will lead the Aboitiz Power Launch on Wednesday night at the NBC Tent, Fort Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City.
The MakBan geothermal plant was acquired by the Aboitiz Power Corp. (APC) last year from the implementation of reforms in the energy industry.
Among those who will welcome the President are Aboitiz Chairperson Endika Aboitiz, Aboitiz Vice Chairman Jon Ramon Aboitiz, and APC president & CEO Erramon Aboitiz.
Assisting her are Finance Secretary Margarito Teves, Energy Secretary Angelo Reyes and Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC) Chairman Zenaida Ducut.
The APC is expected to present to the President their CleanEnergy symbol of commitment for sustainable energy development.
Last year, the government-run Power Sector Assets and Liabilities Management Corp. (PSALM) turned over the 289-megawatt (MW) Tiwi and 458.53-MW Makiling-Banahaw (MakBan) geothermal power plants to APC after winning the bidding to operate the plant.
At the Tiwi-Makban geothermal power plant, 10-15 new geothermal wells are being eyed for drilling by Aboitiz Power Renewables Inc. (APRI) and Chevron Geothermal Philippines Holdings Inc. (CGPHI) within the next 3 years.
Each well is expected to produce about 7 to 8 MW of power. Exploration is expected to start by the 2nd quarter of 2010.
APC is planning to invest $150 million over the next four to five years to rehabilitate the Tiwi-Makban facilities and increase power generating capacity from 462 MW to 517 MW.
The Aboitiz group said that they are positioning themselves to be the premiere clean energy producer in the country by tapping renewable energy sources to fuel their power plants.
Aboitiz Power and its partners represent the largest private renewable energy producer in the country, with several hydro and geothermal assets in its generation portfolio. Aboitiz Power also owns the 2nd and 3rd largest distribution utilities known for their operational efficiency.
Currently, Aboitiz is operating several hydro-electric power plants in the country aside from holding electricity distribution rights in Mindanao and in the Visayas. (PND)

PGMA cites importance of international engagement

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IMPASUGONG, Malaybalay, Bukidnon (PND) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo cited today the importance of international engagement in the country’s development.

“This is one of the fruits of international engagement,” the President said when she led the ground breaking of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAid) -funded road project here that stands to benefit some four million Filipinos.
“This road project will benefit not only the people of Impasugong or Bukidnon but also the neighboring areas,” she explained.
The President, assisted by Bukidnon Governor Ma. Jose Zubiri, Sr., Senator Migs Zubiri , Rep. Candido Pancrudo lowered the time capsule containing the project’s plan.
Gov. Zubiri informed the President that the AusAid project will cover some 160 kilometers of all-weather roads.
“This is something new for Bukidnon and this was made possible through the efforts of the President and our good relations with the Australian government,” he said.
Australian Charge d’ Affaires Steve Scott said the Philippines is an “important partner of Australia”, he said adding that the funds were made available to the Philippines because of “good governance and good execution of AusAid projects.”
The road project is under the Southern Philippines Provincial Road Maintenance Program (SPPRMP) that covers 10 provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao and is funded with some Aus$100 million or around P3.5 billion by the Australian government through the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID).
The program has a Provincial Road Maintenance Facility (PRMF) that provides P50 million each year to every beneficiary province for construction and repair of provincial roads over a five-year period.
It has been noted that provincial roads are the key links of rural communities to the national highway and eventually to the centers of trade and commerce, political administration, and health and educational services, among others.
By improving transport, the welfare of rural folks will significantly improve.
Apart from improving the road network, the program also seeks to strengthen each province’s institutional capacity and governance system related to the provision and maintenance of provincial roads.
Depending on the performance of each beneficiary province in carrying out the program, these could be eligible for another round of assistance.
The beneficiary provinces of the SPPRMP are Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental and Surigao del Norte, in Mindanao; and Bohol and Guimaras in the Visayas.
Three more beneficiary provinces are still to be identified.
Within five years, the SPPRMP is principally expected to have rehabilitated at least 1,000 kilometers of provincial roads in the 10 provinces; improved access for over four million people to schools and health centers; and reduced transport costs.
The PRMF is said to be Australia’s single largest grant project in the Philippines to date; the bilateral agreement covering this was signed last March.
Australia is the country’s second largest bilateral grant aid donor after Japan. Its aid program has grown significantly in the last three years. For the fiscal year 2008-2009, its assistance portfolio is estimated at Aus$109 million.

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