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The people deserve to know, says PGMA

Manila (27 July) -- As the whole country awaits for the 2009 State of the Nation Address, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo seriously continues to polish her SONA speech.

Thus, even on a July 26 Sunday afternoon, she still had a meeting at the Malacanang's Aguinaldo State Dining Room, to receive the Task Force Education report on the state of the education in the country.

In her opening statement before receiving the education report, President Arroyo said that she takes the SONA very seriously because "the people deserve to know what our government is doing, how the money is spent, and what our priorities for the nation are."

The President stressed that the members of the Task Force for Education were just part of the "experts" convened "from across government on subjects that will be discussed in the SONA, national security, the economy, social services, infrastructure and more."

President Arroyo said all these subjects will be part of the 2009 SONA because "all have been my crucial priorities as President."

"We take the SONA very seriously. Our people deserve to know what our government is doing, how the money is spent and what our priorities for the nation are," she added.

In her statement which was aired over the government television networks at 1:00 o'clock in the afternoon of Sunday, President Arroyo accentuated the importance of providing every Filipino with quality education saying that this is "the ticket to a better life."

"Nothing is more sacred or more valuable to enhancing the dignity of every Filipino than a good education. No issue is more important to us than education," the President said.

She stressed that through education, every Filipino man, woman and child will be given an opportunity to "lift themselves up."

"Our children - the children of our nation - are most precious to us and we must give them every opportunity to use their God-given talents to lift themselves up," the President said.

After her opening statement, the President held a closed door meeting with members of the Task Force for Education led by Education Secretary Jesli Lapus, Commission on Higher Education Chair Emmanuel Angeles, Technical Education and Skills Development Administration Chair Augusto Syjuco and Presidential Assistant for Education Mona Valisno. (PIA 8) [top]

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