SONA  ACHIEVEMENTS  HAILED

MALACANANG
, JULY 24, 2007 (Office of the Press Secretary) It is doable, opposition Congressman Roilo Golez of Paranaque City said of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's development targets and strategies to sustain the country's progress even beyond her term which the President mentioned in her State-of-the-Nation-Address (SONA) this afternoon at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City.

"Mukhang doable naman itong mga targets. These are very modest targets and if Congress and Malacanang and the Cabinet can work together we can achieve a lot of these things and make it really easy for the new President by 2010 to take over," Golez said.

Golez said the President showed in her speech that she really wanted to work with Congress as she cited the accomplishments and cooperation of even members of the minority and opposition.

"This augurs well for a very good working relationship between Malacanang, the President and Congress including members of the minority," Golez said.

By citing the contribution of even the opposition, Golez said the President is "on a very reconciliatory mode and that is good."

"We in the minority are prepared to have a very good working relationship with Malacanang and with the majority here in the House of Representatives. I think we can assure the public on that," Golez said.

Since the last SONA, Golez cited several reforms that include the lifestyle checks, strengthening of the Office of the Ombudsman, and the creation of six million jobs in six years, as "very notable achievements."

Golez said the President made very good objectives such as the call for legislations for the provision of cheaper medicines, electoral reforms, harsher penalties for political killings and rogue members of the military and police, and amendments to the Electric Power Industry Reform Act (EPIRA) of 2001 which, he said, is crucial to accelerate the modernization of the energy sector.

In an interview before the SONA, Sen. Manuel A. Roxas also said that opposition senators would support legislations being pushed by the administration as long as it would benefit the general public.

"We will not be obstructionists as long as it is for the good of the people," Roxas said.

Former First Lady Imelda Marcos said she is very optimistic on the country's future as she called on everyone to unite and work for the good of the nation.

"For the sake of the Filipino people, let us all get united so that we will have progress for this country," Mrs. Marcos said.

Trade and Industry Secretary Peter Favila said that during the Presidentís speech, he was seated in front of the country's business leaders who all agreed that the SONA was a nice presentation and the people are now beginning to see the fruits of the implementation of government reforms.

The business leaders include Francis Chua, president of the Federation of Filipino-Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Inc. (FFCCCII); Donald G. Dee, president of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI), and PCCI chairman Atty. Miguel B. Varela, who is also the chairman of the Employers' Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP).


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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