GMA PAIRS WITH 'KABAYAN' IN NEW 'RADYO NG BAYAN' PROGRAM

MANILA, January 24, 2004
(STAR) Presidential Spokesman Ignacio Bunye today said the radio program "May Gloria Ka …Bayan" is a reformatted version of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s weekly radio report that tackles and elucidates on the programs and activities being undertaken for the masses by the government.

"We have reformatted the regular President’s report on radio to include Kabayan Noli de Castro," Bunye said in a statement.

Bunye said the President and Sen. de Castro, a veteran radio/TV commentator and anchorman, who is her vice presidential running mate in the May 10, 2004 elections, "combine the leadership and experience for the economy and the ability to communicate the issues to the average Filipino."

The reformatted program that started airing today over Radyo ng Bayan run for around 15 minutes starting at 10:00 a.m. and, henceforth, is to be aired three times a week.

The first episode focused on measures on how to avert a possible water shortage this summer and the administration’s "Patubig ni Pangulong Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo" project that has benefited more than 200,000 households in the waterless communities of Metro Manila.

The next episodes would deliberate on the government’s rice hybrid program and the scholarship program for poor students.

"The issues of water, education and hybrid rice, which are basic to a more secure society and stronger families, were the first topics discussed," Bunye said.

Earlier, the one-hour program "May Gloria Pa ang Bukas Mo" aired every Saturday also on Radyo ng Bayan, was reformatted into a 10-minute radio message of the President.

Press Secretary Milton Alingod said the program "May Gloria Ka …Bayan" is similar to the President’s weekly radio message that has been incorporated in the new program.

"The only difference is the President is now backed up by Noli in presenting and explaining the significant government programs to the people," Alingod said.

Alingod added that there would be no talk of politics in the program


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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