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PIA Press Release
2007/09/18

PGMA wants gov't infra projects fast-tracked

Manila (18 September) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo convened today the Cabinet-National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board meeting in Malacaņang to fast-track the government's various infrastructure projects which are vital in sustaining the country's economic growth.

Among the projects the President wants fast-tracked are the construction and rehabilitation of expressways and railroad stations which, she said, would help move more people, goods and services to and from Metro Manila.

"Mga kababayan, sa pagsulong ng ekonomiya at pag-angat ng kabuhayan, kailangan nating isulong ang pamumuhunan, lalo na sa imprastraktura at mga serbisyong bayan na lalong aakit ng investment at lilikha ng trabaho," the President said in her opening statement.

"Kaya naman pinulong nating ngayon ang NEDA Board upang aprubahan at madaliin ang mga proyektong napakahalaga sa kaunlaran, kabilang ang expressway at tren upang bumilis ang daloy ng tao at produkto sa ka-Maynilaan," she added.

Infrastructure development and upgrading has been an integral part of President Arroyo's legacy agenda which, according to her, is the only way to go to improve the lives of Filipinos.

The President also stressed the importance of maintaining peace and order which is an important prerequisite that investors look for before deciding to invest.

She said the subdued and orderly way Filipinos accepted the Sandiganbayan's guilty verdict on former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada's plunder case showed that the government is on top of all situations.

"Ito ang hanap ng bawa't investor. Nakita nila ito sa payapang pagtanggap ng bayan sa hatol ng Sandiganbayan. Ngayon, batas din ang ating susundin sa paglutas ng iba pang usaping kaharap natin," she said.

In this connection, the President called on the Armed Forces to remain vigilant to maintain peace and order.

"Inaatasan ko ang Sandatahang Lakas na pag-ibayuhin ang depensa sa mga paninira at pagpaslang ng mga kaaway ng bayan. Sa pakikibakang ito ng ating mga kawal, marapat igalang ang kanilang pamunuan at mga lihim- militar, na napakahalaga sa pagtatanggol ng ating bansa," she said.

The President also called on Congress to expedite its concurrence to her Amnesty Proclamation which, she said, would greatly assist in the government's peace efforts by allowing former rebels and enemies of the state to return to the fold of the law.

"Mga kababayan, sumusulong ang bansa sa landas ng progreso, katatagan, pag-iral ng batas at pagtingala ng sandaigdigan. Pag-ibayuhin nating lahat ang mga layuninng ito: pag-unlad, serbisyong bayan, at katatagan ng bansa sa mapayapa at demokratikong paglutas ng mga suliranin alinsunod sa batas," she said. (OPS) [top]

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