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PGMA milestone achievements focus of Independence Day rites

Iloilo City (27 May) -- The milestone achievements of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo under her Ten-Point Agenda would take center stage in the 112th Independence Day celebration on June 12.

The President's achievements will be depicted on floats during a civic-military parade that will be one of the major highlights of the celebration at Rizal Park in Manila, which will be the center of the national commemoration.

There will also be a float that will honor the country's modern-day heroes, particularly those who have made names for themselves here and abroad in their respective fields of endeavor.

The National Historical Commission of the Philippines (formerly National Historical Institute), which has been designated as the lead agency for this year's celebration, is fleshing out the details for the event.

As has been the tradition in marking the historic event, local government units, national government agencies and community organizations in Western Visayas and other regions of the country are expected to work together again to hold their respective commemorative activities including flag-raising rites.

The Ten-Point Agenda of President Arroyo are as follows: creation of six million jobs through more opportunities given to entrepreneurs, tripling of the amount of loans for lending to small and medium enterprises and development of 1-2 million hectares of land for agri-business; construction of new buildings and classrooms and provision of desks and chairs and books for students and scholarships to poor families; balancing of the budget; decentralization of progress around the nation through the use of transportation networks like the roll-on/roll-off and the digital infrastructure; provision of electricity and water supply to barangays;

Decongestion of Metro Manila by forming new cores of government and housing centers in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao; development of Clark and Subic as the best international service and logistic centers in the region; automation of the electoral process; a just end to the peace process; and, a fair closure to the divisiveness among EDSA 1, 2 and 3 forces.

Although Independence Day activities would be held on June 12, Saturday, the holiday has been moved to the nearest Monday, June 14, by virtue of Proclamation No. 1841 to provide a longer weekend to enable families to strengthen and renew their ties as well as promote domestic tourism.

The observance of National Flag Days starting May 28 ushers in the celebration which will have "Kalayaan: Tagumpay ng Bayan? for its theme. (PIA 6) [top]

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