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PIA Press Release
2009/02/24

PGMA launches essential health care package program in hometown

By Danny O Sagun

Dagupan City (24 February) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited this morning her mother's hometown of Binalonan for the celebration of the town fiesta as she used to do for the past several years since she became a senator.

The President, coming by helicopter at the Binalonan airfield at around 10:10 a.m., proceeded right away to the Don Juan Macaraeg National High School to inaugurate the Dona Eva M. Macapagal Memorial Library Hub, a one-storey building housing 35,000 volumes of books for lending at public schools in eastern Pangasinan. She also visited and inspected the nearby e-Library, which houses several computer units for use by high school students.

She thereafter motored to the Binalonan South Central School to inaugurate the new two-story-four-classroom building worth some P4 million. She was also briefed by Mayor Ramon Guico, Jr. and DepEd officials on education-related programs and projects by the municipality thru the local school board.

Mrs. Arroyo spoke later before a big crowd of teachers and other visitors at the school gym. She lauded the town for its education-based projects and pledged to give the equivalent of the town's allocation to the local school board fund. She afterward observed a pre-school class and then proceeded to the hand-washing, toothbrushing and deworming area for the launching of the Essential Health Care Package (ECHP) for School Children. She joined pre-school kids in washing their hands as did three members of her Cabinet who joined the presidential entourage. Jesli Lapus of education, Esperanza Cabral of social welfare, Hermogenes Eperon of the presidential management staff and presidential adviser on education Mona Valisno.

She left for Pampanga an hour later. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]

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