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PGMA underscores need for end to political noise to sustain momentum of economic gains

Manila (22 September) -- Saying that political stability reinforces economic gains, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo underscored yesterday the need for closure to all political noise to sustain the momentum of the country's economic comeback.

In her speech during the 13th National Crime Prevention Week celebration and Awarding Ceremonies for Best Peace and Order Councils (POCs) in Malacanang this morning, the President stressed that Filipinos are "tired of political drama and social instability."

"When political stability reinforces economic gains, we gain a quantum advantage in competitiveness in the long run. That is why we must stop all the political noise and sustain the momentum of our efforts," she said.

The President paid tribute to the vital role of the "community of crime preventors," including the POCs, for the resurgence of the economy.

"The foundation of our economic comeback is wide, deep and solid. Across the board, the nation's economy is pointed in the right direction, and for all the right reasons. The elements of this broad-based success are built on many things and with the help of many people-institutions-and-economic contributors. Notable among these is the community of crime preventors," she said.

The President said the world is taking notice of the country's economic gains from the "lofty heights of the prestigious Wall Street Journal, to the billion dollar investments of Texas Instruments and leading Asian firms like Hanjin, Marubeni, Tokyo Electric, and others. The Philippines is on the move."

She pointed out that in six years, six million jobs have been created, wages have increased, the poverty level has dipped and investments in education, health, public works and other vital services have been increased dramatically.

The Chief Executive pointed out that her administration remains tightly focused on what the Filipinos "yearn most: a good job, steady prices, and a healthy family."

The people are "tired of political drama and social instability. We are entering a new era where the vast majority can have a predictable future, a steady job and a calm political climate," she said.

The "emerging regional and global imperatives involving trade, security, the environment, and information technology place a high premium on the rule of law," she added.

"Our campaign to stamp out criminality is inextricably tied up with the war against poverty. Thus, crime prevention policies have been incorporated in national economic development plans," she said.

On economic development, President Arroyo stressed that "under our administration, reinventing the bureaucracy and achieving the Millennium Development Goals have become living priorities aimed at a more equitable distribution of the fruits of development, bridging rural-urban disparities and increasing people's participation in all aspects of governance."

With Makati City winning the Hall of Fame Award, the winners in the seven categories of the Best POC Awards were:

Region 11 POC, Most Outstanding Regional Peace and Order Council; Southern Leyte (Region 8), Most Outstanding Provincial POC (1st-3rd-Class Category); Guimaras (Region 6), Most Outstanding Provincial POC (4th-6th-Class Category); Makati City (National Capital Region), Most Outstanding City POC (Highly Urbanized City Category); Escalante City (Region 6), Most Outstanding City POC (Component City Category); La Trinidad, Benguet (Cordillera Administrative Region), Most Outstanding Municipal POC (1st-3rd-Class Category); and Malitbog, Bukidnon (Region 10), Most Outstanding Municipal POC (4th-6th-Class Category).

Aside from the local government officials and the POC chair of the winning LGUs, Philippine National Police (PNP) Director General Oscar Calderon and the PNP's regional and other officials also attended the ceremonies. (OPS) [top]

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