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PIA Press Release
2006/12/13

PGMA boosts barangay empowerment program

Quezon City (13 December) -- In line with her efforts to empower the barangay, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo turned over today 100 certificates of work scholarships for the out-of-school youth of Barangay 637, Zone 65 in J.P. Laurel St., San Miguel, Manila.

The President handed to Barangay 637 chairman Angel Murillo 50 certifications for call center training and 50 certifications for welding training worth P10,000 each to be distributed to its out-of-school youth.

The 100 certifications are part of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority's ladderized education and scholarship program for Filipino empowerment.

The President also turned over a "Tindahan Natin" certificate of ownership from the National Food Authority (NFA) to Angelica Marzan who would sell NFA rice, noodles, canned goods and other products at subsidized prices.

"Ito ang maagang Christmas gift para sa inyo na mga residente ng barangay na ito," she told the residents.

Following her informal interaction with the barangay officials, the President instructed Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) General Manager Robert Nacianceno to make the necessary guidelines on the imposition of parking fees in the area.

She also instructed Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS)) Administrator Orlando Hondrade to prepare the clustering of water meters in the barangay.

The President then had a brief glimpse of the Department of Labor and Employment’s interactive kiosk for on-line application and matching of job seekers in front of the Barangay Hall, Tindahan Natin and Botika ng Barangay.

While touring the J.P. Laurel Park in going to Legarda St. in Sampaloc, Manila, she ordered Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA) Administrator Melquiades Robles to prepare a plan for a right-of-way as an emergency exit for the 58 informal settlers located near the barangay hall of Barangay 637. (PIA) [top]

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