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PIA Press Release
2009/10/17

President Arroyo vows sustained drive vs poverty

Moises Padilla, Negros Occidental (17 October) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo celebrated the International Day to Fight Extreme Poverty in this small municipality in Negros Occidental to underscore her own fight against poverty during her visit to this province, October 16.

Moises Padilla in the 5th congressional district represented by Congressman Ignacio Arroyo in southern part of the province is an example of a municipality that started from small beginnings and meager resources but grew into a progressive community.

It rose from Barangay Magallon, then a part of Isabela town and was created into a municipality in 1951.

The President commended Moises Padilla as a "small but very hardworking town," which has helped the town grow.

From its humble beginnings, Moises Padilla, located 82 kilometers from Bacolod City, is now the livestock center of the province, according to Gov. Isidro Zayco.

The President's visit to the town also coincided with its 58th charter day celebration highlighted by a festival dubbed "Handurawan."

Moises Padilla mayor Fancisco Nazareno thanked President Arroyo for supporting the development efforts of his municipality through financial assistance to the mayor's agricultural development plan, infrastructure projects, support to agrarian reform program implementation.

President Arroyo visited the province to inaugurate bridge projects in the towns of Binalbagan, Isabela and Hinigaran, award medical kits and wheelchairs, inaugurate the Bago River Irrigation System improvement project, conduct a drive-through of Bacolod City-South-Kabankalan road, and lead a climate change event.

In Bago City, President Arroyo also said that her fight against poverty included helping farmers increase their productivity and income through irrigation and other support systems. (PIA 6) [top]

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