Commentary: The working President visits New York
By Nene A. Manzanares
Catarman, Northern Samar (27 September) -- She is popularly known as "The Working President". And it fits her to a "T". Whether doing her domestic homework or international commitments, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo embodies an indefatigable leader whose mind is focused on her countrymen's welfare and her country's future.
Critics may produce a list of negative notes but she can never be faulted with a single lazy bone in her body. From Day 1 of her stay in Malacanang, this little dynamo showed the whole world, what it takes to gain the title "The Working President".
Let us take a look at the schedule of her New York visit.
The President left for New York the other day to address the United Nations General Assembly. She will then meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and participate in a forum of global leaders. She will likewise meet with diverse US business groups and of course, the Filipino community.
The President will also participate in a forum that will bring global leaders together to discuss challenges facing the world today. The forum called Clinton Global Initiative will look for innovative solutions to such pressing world challenges as energy and climate change, global health, poverty alleviation and education. Heads of state, non-profit organizations, charities and leaders will participate in the said forum.
She will also attend a luncheon roundtable discussion with the leaders of the US-ASEAN Business Advisory Council which will be hosted by Martin Sullivan, chief executive of the officer of American International Group (AIG).
You think that completes her tasks in New York ? No Sir! Other engagements include calls by officials of the Millenium Challenge Corp., which oversees the Millenium Challenge Account (MCA), bank and financial officials and current US investors in the Philippines.
Will there be room for shopping like most politicians' wives do when traveling abroad? It seems that not a single second is available for her to shop.
But I do believe that she will! She will shop for possible investors in our country, possible jobs for our countrymen, and she will shop for grants and partnerships with other countries that will spell development projects in the countryside! (PIA-Northern Samar) [top]