GMA  WILL  DELIVER  7-YEAR  ACCOMPLISHMENTS  REPORT  TOMORROW

MANILA, DECEMBER 29, 2008
(STAR) By Paolo Romero - President Arroyo is set to deliver tomorrow a report on her administration’s accomplishments since 2001, Malacañang said yesterday.

Presidential Management Staff chief Cerge Remonde said the report will reassure Filipinos of the country’s prospects for next year.

“The message will be unity and hope that would be bolstered by the achievements of the Arroyo administration,” he told The STAR in a telephone interview.

“There is a reason to be very hopeful but we as a nation must unite to continue our economic growth even with recession all around us.”

He was helping prepare the report that would focus mostly on the economy, he added.

Remonde said Mrs. Arroyo decided to release a report on her administration’s accomplishments since 2001 because the annual reports are already covered by her State of the Nation Address.

The administration’s thrust is to sustain growth, as well as shield the economy from the global crisis, he added.

Remonde said economic managers earlier this month presented the P300 billion Economic Sustainability Plan for next year.

“This is not just a contingency plan, this is to sustain the continuous economic growth we have been experiencing despite the slowdown,” he said.

Speaking over government-run radio dzRB. Press Secretary Jesus Dureza said Mrs. Arroyo wants Filipinos to remain firm facing the looming economic difficulties.

“2009 will be full of challenges but the outlook of next year and how we are going to be affected by global events would greatly depend on the unity of the Filipino people,” he said.

“The challenges we are facing are non-partisan and above any political considerations.”

Remonde refused to give details of Mrs. Arroyo’s accomplishment report as it has not been finalized.

The figures in the report can easily be verified, he added.

The P300 billion plan is basically a stimulus package aimed at boosting consumer spending as well government and private investments and extending more direct cash assistance to the poor.


Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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