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Campaign against criminality ties up with war vs poverty, says PGMA

By Minerva BC Newman

Cebu, Philippines (23 September) -- The campaign against criminality is tied up with the war against poverty, hence, crime prevention policies are part of the national economic development plans.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said this during the 13th National Crime Prevention Week Celebration and Awarding Ceremonies for Best Peace and Order Council at Malacaņang recently.

The President said that under her administration, priorities have always been anchored on the U.N. millennium development goals that specifically call for a more equal distribution of development, bridging rural-urban disparities and increasing people's participation in all aspects of governance.

Arroyo also underscored her government's economic gains citing the 7.5 percent GDP increase in the second quarter of this year and the 10 percent gain in capital investment; economic growth that is the highest in a generation; revenues and job creation are now on track and strong.

The President further noted that the country's economic comeback has been built on many things with the help of many people, institutions and economic contributors, among those are the community of the five pillar of criminal justice.

"This government has stayed focused on what Filipinos yearn for most: a good job, steady prices, and a healthy family. We're tired of political drama and social instability. We're entering an era where the vast majority can have a predictable future, a steady job and a calm political climate," PGMA added.

According to the Arroyo, the country has proven its worth in the global arena of competitiveness on trade, security, environment and information technology and it has placed a high premium on the rule of law.

In conclusion, the President said that we must not be carried away with the economic success but be humbled with what remains to be done and as we continue to plot development, we must not forget to lift those who have yet to live outside poverty. (PIA-Cebu) [top]

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