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PGMA legacy agenda books to be launched

Manila (21 June) -- Two books on the administration and achievements of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be launched tomorrow, a week before she ends her nine-year term on June 30.

In a media briefing this afternoon in Malacanang, Presidential Deputy Spokesperson Prof. Gary Olivar said the books are entitled "Beat the Odds: Another Stone for the Edifice," and "Beating the Odds." Both books, he said, detail the accomplishments of the President's BEAT THE ODDS legacy agenda.

"Beat the Odds: Another Stone for the Edifice" which was published by the Philippine Information Agency (PIA), was edited by Olivar and University of the Philippines Professor Gonzalo Jurado.

Jurado, a senior faculty member at the UP School of Economics and a former mentor of Olivar and the President, rated the book with a Grade of "1," the grade he gave to the President when she was still his student.

Jurado said the book gives concreteness to words already spoken on the President's achievements and gave the "1" rating particularly on the President's direct cash assistance program for the poor including the unprecedented budgetary allocations to human and physical infrastructure "which can be seen all over the country."

Olivar said the book also contains technical notes and vigorous points of view of experts not connected or influenced by the government.

The second book, "Beating the Odds," is co-authored by former Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Chief Renato Velasco and Presidential Spokesperson Ricardo Saludo. It recounts major issues and challenges the President faced early in her administration.

During the briefing, Agriculture Assistant Secretary Romeo Recide said the Department of Agriculture (DA) also launched last Friday the book "FIELDS of Glory."

The book chronicled the President's commitment and achievements on increasing the country's food security and productivity program for farmers and fishermen through her flagship program FIELDS.

During the National Food Summit in Pampanga in April 2008, the President launched the FIELDS, which stands for Fertilizer; Irrigation and other rural infrastructure; Extension and education services for farmers; Loans; Dryers and other postharvest facilities; and Seeds and other genetic materials. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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