PGMA's visit brings hope to the people of Samar Islands
Tacloban City (October 15) -- President Gloria Arroyo will deliver a message of hope for the people of the Samar Provinces.
This is how the forthcoming visit of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to Calbayog City is optimistically being viewed.
During the coordinative meeting held in Calbayog Saturday, Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento said that the President has done a lot for Samar. It is about time she herself personally tells this to the people of Samar. "It is high time the President tells the people what really is happening," Mayor Sarmiento quipped.
Mayor Mel Sarmiento talks to (r-l) USec. Marilu Frostrom of the Presidential Management Staff,(PMS) Director Olive Tiu of PIA-8 and Evelyn Clarin of PMS in preparation for PGMA's Preidential Visit to Calbayog city. (PIA 8)
The people's excitement for the coming visit could be felt with all the many preparations being done in the City. At the Senator Avelino Park fronting the Calbayog City Hall, people from all sectors are busy dressing their respective booths for the Agro-Industrial Fair which will take place during the President's visit on October 16.
Among the agricultural products are the giant root crops called palawan which is best eaten with lechon, karlang, butig, organic vegetables and many others. Asked why the producers do not want to sell their products yet, they told PIA that they want the President to see their products first.
Calbayog City Mayor Mel Sarmiento presides in the coordinative meeting for PGMA's visit to Calbayog City. Among those who attended were PMS-USec. Marilou Frostrom, City Administrator Edgar Isidro, PIA-8 Regional Director Olive Tiu, and MARO Team Leader Wilma Padrones. (PIA-8)
One barangay captain, Allan Baņares of Panoypoy said his barangay won second place in the National competition for best solid waste management. He revealed that his barangay could hardly be reached in the past, but with the construction of the Calbayog-Catarman road passing through Oquendo district, the people in his barangay can now easily bring their products to the markets. He said that he is happy that the President will come so that he can thank her for her project.
First in the itinerary of the President is a close door meeting with the Samar's Provinces' officials right at the departure area of the Calbayog Airport . From there, the President will pass through the Agro Industrial Fair in from of the City Hall before proceeding to the Tiburcio Tancinco Memorial Institute of Science and Technology Gymnasium where she will deliver a message before a crowd of invited two thousand eight hundred people.
The advance party of the President's arrival in Calbayog on Saturday gave the people more optimism that indeed, the well-loved President is coming to visit Samat and the Eastern Visayas Region (PIA-8) [top]