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Region 8 media commends Saludo's presentation of "New Philippines"

Tacloban City (September 22) -- The Region 8 media commends Secretary Saludo's excellent presentation of the New Philippines which informed the Region 8 people the true picture of the country under the Arroyo Administration.

The presentation was made during the Development Dialogue, the first of the 40 Dialogues which will be conducted in the different urban centers all over the country aimed at informing the people on the development efforts of government and data on how the nation is putting in place sound finances, stable government, the updates on the infrastructure projects and human resources development and the other development effort of the country to be able to join the ranks of Asia's of stellar economies.

The Development Dialogue was attended by more than 300 participants composed of local government executives, heads of agencies, non-government organizations, academe, students and youth, business and media sectors.

Other participants echoed the media's observation saying the facts are there, they know them but someone has to tell them how to analyze the data and compare it with the previous data.

In so simple terms, Secretary Saludo was able to impart the true situation of the poor, the acceptance ratings and the important turn-around of the local government units in the countryside not allowing Metro Manila to make the decisions for the whole country.

Some participants can only nod their heads in affirmation to what Secretary Saludo was expounding. Many were asking for a copy for the presentation so that they will be able to "help" enlighten the people.

Some local government officials said that this is the first time that dialogues such as the Development dialogues have been made by a President of the country.

Secretary Saludo, humble countenance, was lauded , saying that Secretary Saludo should really go around the country and bring the same message he brought to Region 8. (PIA 8) [top]

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