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PGMA's Departure Statement on Her Visit to Australia to Attend the 15th APEC Leaders' Meeting

Manila, Philippines, 6 September 2007

I leave today for Sydney, Australia to join other heads of economies in the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders' Meeting on September 8-9.

Pero bago ako umalis, ibig nating ipanatag ang loob ng mga pamilyang naapektuhan ng pagka-antala ng ani ng palay dahil sa tagtuyot sa Luzon.

Kumikilos na ang pamahalaan upang pigilan ang pagtaas ng presyo ng bigas, at ang kakulangan sa mga palengke ng bigas sa pangmasang halaga na P18 kada kilo.

Sa pulong ng Gabinete noong Martes, inatasan na natin ang Kagawaran ng Pagsasaka at ang National Food Authority na bilisan ang pagdadala ng bigas sa mga pamilihan kung saan tumataas ang presyo at walang mabiling bigas ng NFA sa halagang P18 isang kilo.

Inutusan natin si Secretary Arthur Yap na dagliang hakutin ang bigas na sagana sa Bisaya at Mindanao, at dalhin ito sa Metro Manila. Bukod dito, kukuha ang NFA sa kanilang mga bodega upang makapagbigay ng mahigit sa 30% ng bigas sa Kamaynilaan.

Titiyakin nating sapat at abot-kaya ang bigas para sa taong-bayan, at tututukan natin ito kahit na nasa APEC meeting ako.

At a time of uncertainty in the world, APEC remains a central pillar of global engagement and dialogue. We believe in strong global engagement for our country and our people to grow our economy, ensure peace and security and lift our nation out of poverty.

APEC presents another opportunity to engage allies in economic, political and security issues at a time when the world needs closer cooperation. We hope to see greater regional economic integration made possible with all twenty-one APEC economies agreeing to pursue the path of trade liberalization and a discussion on how the APEC can work together to address the global challenges of climate change through a renewed framework for cooperation as a follow up to the Kyoto Protocol.

Figuratively speaking, the more bridges we build, the more people can cross to new lands and new ideas. We must be open to the world and peoples and places other than our own. That is what the 21st century will be about. That is why APEC plays such a large role for the Philippines it is one of the most important bridges we can build and cross together. We want the Philippines actively engaged in local, regional and global affairs because that is the future.

We believe in the power of the global trading system to alleviate poverty and modernize nations through market forces. That does not mean we believe that countries like the Philippines are ready to compete head-to-head today in every sector, but it does mean we cannot afford to be afraid of globalization. Poverty alleviation is the number one most important part of our agenda and our vision to lift the Philippines into modernized country status in 20 years. And the APEC, along with the ASEAN and other trading agreements, provides the opportunity for nations to work together to lift up our poor, not just in the Philippines but all over the world.

We will also be meeting with business leaders as well as our countrymen in Australia and we will bring to them the good news about our country. We have been focused like a laser beam on the economy. Our plan is bearing results: lower inflation, higher revenues, spectacular growth, robust stock market, fiscal discipline and so much more. Job creation is significant six million jobs since I have been President. APEC is part of our economic vision and thus is central to our strategic plan for the nation.

Sumusulong ang bayan, salamat sa ating sikap, reporma at pagkakaisa.

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