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PIA Press Release
2008/02/13

Provincial governors vow full support for PGMA amid renewed destab moves

PILI, Camarines Sur (13 February) -- The League of Provinces/Governors of the Philippines expressed today their full support for President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo amid renewed moves to destabilize the government.

In a Manifesto of Support for the Chief Executive, the provincial chief executives also called for an end to the agitations by her detractors to unseat the President through unconstitutional means and to stop political bickerings for the sake of the country.

The manifesto was issued at the end of the 2nd General Assembly of the League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP) held at the Villa Del Rey Convention Center in Cadlan, Pili, Camarines Sur.

LPP President and Misamis Occidental Governor Loreto Leo Ocampos said the manifesto expressed the governors' unwavering and wholehearted support to the Arroyo administration.

Camarines Sur Governor and LPP national chairman Luis Raymund Villafuerte Jr. echoed the statement of Ocampos' expressing in no uncertain terms their full support to the President and her administration.

"We are happy to be working with you and we are humbled to see a hardworking President who come here to be with us. Again, we would like to express in no uncertain terms that you have our collective commitment. Our unilateral support and our unquestionable loyalty," Villafuerte said in his welcome remarks.

Villafuerte also thanked the President for her consistent, unrelenting determination to put the Philippines in the tourism and investment map of the world.

"You are pushing the image of our region so that we maybe at par with the world's best," Villafuerte told the President.

The President had lunch with the about 50 provincial governors at the Villa del Rey.

Thanking them for their support, the President said that together, the national and local governments are "making real progress in alleviating poverty."

"The rate of poverty is down, employment is up. Our education and healthcare services to the poor are vastly improved. We have a long way to go, but only through a strong economy can we improve the plight of the poor together," she said.

The President added that "we have turned the corner on our economy. This allows us to invest together in job creation, better healthcare and more educational opportunities. These are the keys in lifting up the poor."

The League of Provinces of the Philippines (LPP), which has 80 members, aims to ventilate, articulate and crystallize issues affecting provincial and metropolitan government administration. It likewise serves to secure, through proper and legal means, solutions to problems confronting the localities. (OPS/PIA) [top]

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