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PGMA's poverty alleviation centers for the poor Gov Malanyaon

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (30 July) -- The poverty alleviation priority program of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo centers on providing assistance and social services to the poor, the less fortunate and marginalized sector of the community and the scheme is centered on providing economic and political equity, commented Mati Oriental Governor Cora Malanyaon after the President delivered her State of the Nation Address (SONA) Monday (July 28) at the hall of the Batasang Pambansa

"Despite being unpopular as surveyed by the SWS, and despite the criticisms by some sector against President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, we cannot discount the fact that napakaraming kabutihan ang kanyang ginawa lalo na para sa mga mahihirap na patuloy na umaasa sa tulong ng kanyang Administrasyon.

Napakarami ng kanyang mga programa na pinakinabangan ng marami tulad halimbawa: ang Katas sa Evat na ipinarating ng Pangulo at nakatulong sa taongbayan; ang rehabilitasyon sa mga infrastructure na likha ng bagy; ang patuloy na tulong ng gobyerno sa mga biktima ng kalamidad at mga nasawi sa nalunod na barko; ang ginawa niyang mga paraan para magkaroon ng pagkain ang masa, at marami pang iba," the beauteous governor of Davao Oriental said.

Kitang-kita ang maraming kabutihang ginawa ng Presidente, kaya lang higit na pinakikinggan ng ibang tao ang pagbabatikos ng ibang sector na kalaban ng Pangulo, she further said.

Topping the lists of the asset reform laws are the assurance of the President on the extension on the implementation of the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP); the

Mindanao peace process that involves ancestral lands and the Indigenous Peoples; Pantawid Pamilya; energy and rice self-sufficiency; and many more programs geared towards progress and for the country to continuously move forward.

Governor Malanyaon said that mas nakakarami ang mahihirap kaysa may kaya sa buhay and the Arroyo Administration sees the need to give the poor an avenue to participate in good governance and be able to get hold of means to secure themselves economically.

In her SONA, the President is truly determined for our country to move forward amidst the complexities of the challenges that we are facing such as the food crisis and the global uncontrollable spike of prices in oil - amidst criticisms against her.

We are not dismayed on the President's unpopularity. What is needed is to support her programs as she (the President) has been doing what is most needed for our country and for the people harsh or hard it might be, she said.

What the country needs now is unity, share our part help each other instead of criticizing and nothing doing, she further said. (PIA) [top]

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