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Feature: Election fever derails not PGMA's focus to ensure better future for Filipinos

Tacloban City (February 27) -? Amidst the noise generated by the excitement and furor of the forthcoming May elections, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo continuous to remain focused on steering the country towards economic and political stability.

The fruits of the economic reforms which are now being reaped by the country, inspire and make the President to be more determined more than ever, to work until the last day of her term to improve the economic condition of the country to ensure a better future for all Filipinos.

Known for her focus, diligence and determination, President Arroyo refuses to be distracted by the escalating political noise as she continues to perform her job of governing the country in such a way that it will continue on a path of economic reform, cleaning up the environment, providing better health care, investing in education and creating good jobs.

While others in her position would have lied low at this time when the term is about to end, President Arroyo with great enthusiasm, these past weeks, embarked on a Legacy Tour of her Super Regions, a milestone development strategy.

The Super Regions strategy is part of the President's massive investment program designed to sustain economic growth, spread progress to all areas of the country through the Mega-Regions economic development strategy, and propel the Philippines to First World status.

Under the Super Regions strategy, which forms part of the Medium-Term Public Investment Program (MTPIP), the country's 16 regions have been grouped into four mega-regions, plus another region that cuts across the four mega-regions, to create an enlarged economic landscape based on the natural competitive advantage of these areas.

The Super Regions development strategy, which is also a part of the government's second phase of economic reforms, has been getting favorable reviews from the business community because it makes the country a more appealing choice for foreign investments.

Whether the detractors will agree or not, the fact will always remain- that President Arroyo was able to rev up the long-chained struggling Philippine economy because of her political will and selfless dedication for the betterment of the Filipino people.

Some of the reforms initiated by the President to rev up the economy are the Expanded Value Added Tax Law and the Lateral Attrition Law which imposes sanctions on revenue collecting agencies if they do not meet their monthly and annual collection targets.

Aside from the fiscal and financial reforms, the President is also undertaking a no-nonsense power and government reforms including going after tax cheats and cutting bureaucratic red tape.

All these reforms have generated the necessary funding for the government without having to rely heavily on borrowing both internationally and locally. These funds generated cushioned the country from the world food and financial crises. The funds were not only spent on the most ambitious infrastructure program launched by President Arroyo with her Super Regions Project, but also to finance her pioneering social projects.

It seems that it is not only those among the Filipino people whose eyes are open to the truth, whose hearts are free from prejudices, and whose live have been touched by the milestones of President Arroyo's governance, but she herself, is most inspired to see fruits not only of her toils but of the united efforts of her teammates, the Filipino people. (PIA 8) [top]

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