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Eastern Visayas awaits PGMA's SONA 2008

Tacloban City (July 27) -- Eyes and ears of Eastern Visayans will be glued to the radio and television sets in the afternoon of July 28 as they eagerly await on the message President Arroyo will give as she delivers her 2008 State of the Nation Address at the Joint Opening of Congress.

All government and private radio and television stations in Region 8 will air and show the much awaited event of the year where the President reviews her administration's performance vis--vis her SONA the year before, and then voices her aspirations for the country for the coming year.

A proof of how important the President's SONA is to the Eastern Visayans, three members of the Eastern Visayas media have applied for accreditation so that they could cover the proceedings right at the Session Hall of the House of Representatives at the Batasan Complex.

The three local media people will report live through the Radio DYDW in Tacloban starting at 1:00 o'clock in the afternoon. The coverage will be anchored by Regine Olimberio, station manager Fred Balbuena and PIA Director Olive Tiu. They will be joined by guests who will help them discuss the President's SONA.

To disabuse those who are already betting as to what color the gown of the President will be, the Office of the Press Secretary has already announced that the President is expected to arrive at 3:30 in the afternoon at the Batasan Complex, garbed in a reddish-pink Filipiniana attire of native silk from Misamis Oriental in Mindanao and pineapple fiber from Aklan in the Visayas.

The President who will be accompanied by the First Gentleman, Atty. Jose Miguel Arroyo, will troop the line with the Armed Forces Chief of Staff and the sergeants-at-arms of the two Houses of Congress.

Senate President Manuel Villar and House Speaker Prospero Nograles will receive the President.

By 4:00 o'clock in the afternoon, the second joint regular session of the 14th Congress shall be opened, with the President's SONA as its highlight.

The President's SONA which was reported to be initially 10 pages long, is expected to focus on disaster management as with the recent tragedies that beset the country, the President wants to ensure that a repeat of such incident in the future could be prevented through intensified disaster preparedness programs and updated rescue and relief operations guidelines.

The speech is reported to discuss the government's social welfare program in response to the current global crisis stemming from the rising prices of oil and food.

The Eastern Visayans will surely listen intently and watch closely the President as she delivers her State of the Nation Address. More than commenting on the President's gown, the Eastern Visayans will surely await for any mention of projects or places or people in the Region, by the President.

After the President's SONA, the coverage will continue in order to get the reactions of government officials and private individuals who are at the Session Hall. (PIA 8) [top]

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