PGMA gives farewell message to the nation
Tacloban City (June 21) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo may be in the middle of preparations to ensure a smooth transition of governance to usher in her successor, being near her husband in the hospital, attending to inauguration of her projects, at the same time, but she will still have time to give her farewell message to the nation this week.
Presidential Spokesman Ricardo Saludo, in a radio interview over the weekend, hinted that President Arroyo's final message to the nation may come in the form of a speech.
Perhaps this coming week, the President will deliver a speech that will contain her final message as President.
To the very end of her term, President Arroyo continues to visit ongoing government projects as well as communities.
Over the weekend, she stayed with the First Gentleman who underwent a surgery on his spine.
In fact on Monday, President Arroyo is set to administer the oath of office of at least 356 reelected and newly-elected local officials in Ilocos Sur.
The mass oath taking coincides with the 69th birthday celebration of returning Ilocos Sur Governor Luis "Chavit" Singzon.
Elected local officials from Ilocos Sur's nearby provinces like Abra, Ilocos Norte, La Union and Pangasinan are also expected to attend the birthday bash.
Before proceeding to Vigan City, the President will formally open the newly-constructed foot bridge across the Bued River between Rosario, La Union and Sison, Pangasinan.
Expected to join her entourage in her last visit to Ilocos region as the Chief Executive are Region 1 Presidential Assistant Enrie Mendoza and Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Victor Domingo. (PIA 8) [top]