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Press Sec. Icban: Good things are happening in the country

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (22 March) -- Press Secretary Crispulo Icban said many good things are happening in the country, despite investigations and denunciations against President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's administration that contributed to her poor ratings.

Icban was in Aklan March 20 to grace a tribute tendered by the Aklan media to former Vice Governor, lawyer and journalist Atty. Ronquillo C. Tolentino; and the second anniversary of Kapihan Sa Aklan at the Hernani's Mix and Match, upon the invitation of Philippine Publishers Association of the Philippines (PAPI) President Johnny Dayang and the local media.

The newly-appointed Press Secretary, who took over the position left vacant by the death of Press Secretary Cerge Remonde, told the audience, composed of local officials, PAPI members, honoree Atty. Tolentino and his family and the media that he felt there is something he can do to point out the good things the government is doing for the people.

"Few weeks after serving as Press Secretary, I learned that the country enjoyed 34 quarters of uninterrupted economic growth, we escaped from recession, and our economy is very good," Icban said.

Icban also said that the country's Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector is also big, second only to India, which is currently employing half-million Filipinos.

"In my first week as Press Secretary, President Arroyo started her tour of super regions. I learned for the first time that the cyber industry not only exists in Manila but in Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cebu and Davao," said.

Icban also told the audience about other government programs like the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), potable water systems, thousands of kilometers of roads and bridges constructed, and assistance extended to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs).

"All these are now being put together to be turned over to the next administration, as the President has repeatedly emphasized that on June 30, she will step down from the Presidency. I hope the next President will be as hardworking as PGMA," Icban said.

The Press Secretary also called on the local media to be dedicated chroniclers of truth.

Press USEC Butz Junia came with him to Aklan, together with other PAPI officials. His party also held a press conference in Kalibo during his stay in Aklan.

Icban said his going to Aklan is his first public appearance outside Manila as Press Secretary. (PIA) [top]

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