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Mother's instinct prompted Pres. Arroyo to see the children, says Gov. Moreno

by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob

Cagayan de Oro City (30 October) -- "Perhaps, it was the mother instinct that prompted the President to see the little children during the culmination of the Universal Children's Month (UCM) at the Provincial Capitol."

This was how Gov. Oscar S. Moreno described the gesture of the Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who made a surprise appearance at the children's talent show after her speech at the 1st Mindanao Cooperative Peace Forum at Xavier University –Ateneo de Cagayan Gym, yesterday, Oct. 29.

"I can only surmise that the President must have been seeing her own grandchildren when she saw those kids from the different towns of Misamis Oriental belt out some songs usually sang by matured persons like us," the Governor said.

The President was on her way to board the aircraft that would take her back to Malacañang, when she alighted from her vehicle and joined the children onstage in front of the Capitol, accompanied by Secretary Esperanza Cabral of the Dept. of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), among others.

Earlier, upon her arrival at the Lumbia Airport, this city, the President said child nutrition, food aid and cash subsidies are among the welfare programs that her administration have integrated to those already implemented by DSWD and the Dept. of Health (DOH).

Along with the other anti-poverty agencies of the government, the programs of these two departments have been aimed at protecting the poorest population from the global crises.

Sponsored by the Mis. Or. Provincial Government, in coordination with the local government units, the culmination of the UCM included the distribution of school bags and other school paraphernalia to the children.

As a show of respect, the children lined up to kiss the hand of the President before she took off to the airport with her entourage in tow.

"Right now, these children do not know yet the significance of what they just did. But when they grow up, they would realize that they just kissed the hand of the President of the Philippines, which I never experienced when I was a child," a mother of one of the children sighed. (PIA 10) [top]

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