Commentary: PGMA's New York trip - for the good of the people
Tacloban City (September 27) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo left in the evening of September 25 for New York where she is scheduled to go through rounds of engagements all for the good of the country and its people.
Always known to be the working President, she is will attend the 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), the Clinton Global Initiative Forum, and the Third Meeting of the Women Leaders' Working Group.
In between these major schedules, the President also have other appointments like receiving officials of the Millennium Challenge Corporation who will call on her at the Waldorf Astoria, gracing the lunch hosted by TeleTech led by its chairman and chief executive officer Kenneth Tuchman, attending a dinner hosted by the Clinton Global Initiative Forum and a coffee meeting with the leaders of the Filipino community in New York.
Despite her hectic schedule, the President has included in her itinerary, a visit to the Broadhurst Theatre at West 44th St. where she will watch the matinee presentation of "Les Miserables" starring Lea Salonga and other Filipino-American members of the cast.
While the first day is hectic, the President's second day will see her in even more activities including delivering a speech before the US-ASEAN Business Council which will hold a luncheon roundtable at the Waldorf Norse Suite. The lunch will be hosted by Martin Sullivan, president and CEO of the American International Group (AIG).
These, aside from the fact that the President will have an exclusive interview by the business editor of the New York Times, Marcus Mabry, in her hotel suite.
The President's six other engagements for Sept. 27 (Thursday) will include a marathon of four calls at the Waldorf Hotel from top organization executives, namely: Headstrong and Merill Lynch executives at the Waldorf's Sutton Suite; James Livesay, SVP Divisional Executive of the Retail Bank Operations Washington Mutual at The Library of the Waldorf Astoria; Satendra Gupta, chairman and CEO of the UST Global Inc. at the Waldorf's Sutton Suite; and the JP Morgan (Bank of New York) at The Library. After dinner at the Philippine Outsourcing Summit at the hotel's Starlight Rooftop at the 18th floor, the President will treat the Philippine media delegation to coffee at her hotel suite.
On her third day in New York, the President will start her day early with her 7:30 a.m. attendance at the Third Meeting of the Women Leaders Working Group, the theme of which revolves around "Progress on Women's Empowerment."
After this, the President Arroyo will speak before the 62nd Session of the United Nations General Assembly at the UN's Plenary Hall. The President will be the third speaker of the morning session.
Her speech will be immediately followed by her meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon at the UN Room 200 of the Plenary Hall and her conversations with Filipinos working in the United Nations before passing by the book-launching ceremonies for a book on interfaith dialogue at the UNICEF Garden.
Indeed, the President is indefatigable when it comes to working for the country and its people. Methink, the Filipino people will do good by realizing how blessed the country is, having a dedicated leader as their President. (PIA 8) [top]