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Sec. Saludo reels off development dialogue in Tacloban City

Tacloban City (September 21) -- Cabinet Secretary Ricardo L. Saludo will arrive in Tacloban City today to launch the start of the Development Dialogue which will hit 40 Urban and growth centers all over the country.

Secretary Saludo said that the Development Dialogue will have for its theme "Building the New Philippines: Asia 's Next Success Story."

The Development Dialogue will be launched at the Special RDC Meeting which will be presided by Southern Leyte Governor Rosette Lerias who is also the RDC chairperson and which will be participated in by the provincial governors and the other RDC members, members of the clergy, members of the academe and members of the regional media.

The meeting will be held at 9:00 o'clock in the morning at the Kanhuraw Convention Center. Tacloban City.

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo has always believed that the people have the right to know that the country is now stable, responsive to the needs of its constituencies, fiscally sound and adhering to the principles of a democratic system of government, Secretary Saludo stressed.

It is for this reason that Secretary Saludo will be reporting to the people in Region 8 today, the accomplishments of the Administration. At the same time, an overview of the Central Philippines projects and programs will also be presented.

The Development Dialogue resource persons who will be going around the country will include Secretary Saludo, Secretary Arthur Yap, Secretary Durano, Secretary Edgardo Pamintuan and Secretary Jesus Dureza. Except for Secretary Saludo, the others mentioned are designated as Champions in the different Mega Regions.

Secretary Saludo assured that the visiting Secretaries and resource persons will listen to the regional concerns and issues that may be raised by the sectors and LGU leaders participating during the development dialogue.

Secretary Saludo is expected to have a press conference upon arrival at the VIP Lounge at the Tacloban Airport. Another press conference will be conducted at 1:00 o'clock in the afternoon after the launching. (PIA 8) [top]

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