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Governors cited for poverty alleviation efforts

Iloilo City (14 February) -- "The rate of poverty is down, employment is up," President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo said as she cited the governors who attended the 2nd General Assembly of the League of Provinces of the Philippines, for "working together with me toward a first world Philippines in 20 years".

"Together we are making real progress in alleviating poverty," President Arroyo told the Governors who through their League expressed their full support to President Arroyo amid renewed moves to destabilize the government.

In a manifesto of support for the Chief Executive, the provincial chief executives also called for an end to the agitations by her detractors to unseat the President through unconstitutional means and to stop political bickerings for the sake of the country.

The Malacanang press report disclosed that the manifesto was issued at the end of the 2nd General Assembly of the League of Provinces of the Philippines held at the Villa Del Rey Convention Center in Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur.

The League of Provinces of the Philippines, which has 80 members, aims to ventilate, articulate and crystallize issues affecting provincial and metropolitan government administration. It likewise serves to secure, through proper and legal means, solutions to problems confronting the localities.

During the assembly, President Arroyo noted in her speech that "our education and healthcare services to the poor are vastly improved. We have a long way to go, but only through a strong economy can we improve the plight of the poor together. To that end, together we have turned the corner on our economy. This allows us to invest together in job creation, better healthcare and more educational opportunities. These are the keys to lifting up the poor".

"We aim to make our economic reforms permanent so that our nation is on a sustained path of economic growth and stability. We have turned the economy around and for the first time in a generation, we are investing hundreds of billions of pesos in human and physical infrastructure. Roads, bridges and airports as well as new schoolbuildings and scholarships are the central building blocks that are necessary for the long term prospects of our citizens," the President said.(PIA/T. Villavert) [top]

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