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PIA Press Release
2008/11/18

PGMA renews call for national unity

Palawan (18 November) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo renewed her call for national unity and for Filipinos to set aside personal and political differences in the spirit of the Christmas season.

"Let's cast our sight on the positive things that, together, we can do to improve the lives of the Filipino people," she said.

The President made the exhortation in her speech during the inauguration of the newly rehabilitated Busuanga Airport here.

"Itong ka-Paskuhan, dapat magka-sama-sama ang ating taong bayan upang ipagdiwang ang pananampalataya at pamilya. Dapat magkaisa ang ating mga komunidad at isangtabi ang mga personal na banggaan at alitan sa politika," the President said.

"Dapat talaga ituon ang ating paningin sa mga positibong bagay na kaya nating gawin sama-sama upang maibayo ang ating mga buhay," she added.

She pointed out that a united Filipino people can achieve great things for themselves and, especially, for the less privileged. For her part, the President vowed to work unceasingly to ensure that people gain easy access to the social services offered by the government.

"Titiyakin nating matiyaga ang pamahalaan sa paghatid ng mga serbisyo sa taongbayan. Mahalagang pinagsisilbihan kayo ng pamahalaan at naibibigay sa inyo ang mga nararapat na serbisyo," the President said.

"Ginagawa ng inyong pamahalaan ang lahat sa abot ng kakayahan upang mag-lagay ng pagkain sa bawat mesa at protektahan ang inyong kita mula sa mataas na presyo ng bilihin at mataas na inflation," she added.

She stressed that the government will continue to invest heavily in health, education and social services to ensure that the basic needs of the people are adequately served.

The President also called on Filipinos to take time out during the Christmas season to ponder on how blessed they are as a people, and count the numerous blessings they have received despite the turmoil besetting the global economy.

"Habang papalapit ang ka-Paskuhan, dapat nating bilangin ang ating mga grasya at higit na pag-asa at kumpyansa harapin ang kinabukasan," the President said.

"Sabi nga ng mga dalubhasa, in a very stormy sea of global economic uncertainty, the Philippine economy is a relative island of calm," she added. (PIA-MMIO) [top]

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