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Wednesday, 05 March 2008 09:16
Philippine Consulate General
Los Angeles, California
05 March 2008

Policy Statements on PGMA's Speech during the Opening Program of the Philippine-Japan Manning Cooperative Forum

Plenary Hall, Philippine International Convention Center (PICC)
Pasay City, MM
February 28, 2008 OFWs

"We are proud of Japan's faith in the ability of Filipinos, particularly our seafarers and caregivers. The doors of Japan to Filipino caregivers will open once the Philippine Senate ratifies the Japan-Philippines Economic Partnership Agreement. In the meantime, we have a robust partnership with regard to our seafarers who dominate the manpower on Japanese vessels. More and more Filipinos are becoming management level officers such as masters and chief engineers. That is another welcome development."

"Our Japanese friends have acknowledged the superior quality of Filipino seamen. The 30,000 Filipinos working in Japanese ships comprise 80 percent of the total manpower complement of Japanese vessels."

"Being the largest sector among our OFWs, seafarers also constitute a major factor in the rise of the Philippine economy and contribute to the 14.4 billion-dollar remittances last year. Our seafarers are truly making waves in serving not only the nation, but the world."


"The rising remittances and the continued effectiveness of the economic reforms we have implemented for a few years now, have made 2007 a banner year in our economic history. We achieved 7.3 percent, the highest in more than three decades."

"A strong and growing economy is the central pillar we have labored to create to help guarantee peace, order and stability in our economy.  This is our motivation for getting up everyday to work hard and focus like a laser beam to fix our economy. We have made tough and unpopular decisions to raise revenues and crackdown on tax cheats so that we could invest in our physical infrastructure and in our people."


"We are reinvesting the gains of our growth in people.  People-oriented programs, for instance, to further hone the skills and talents of Filipinos. We are making sure the marginalized have better chances to acquire relevant and adequate skills training."

"With more investments, come more revenues in taxes that can be invested in schools, roads and bridges as well as health care, education and the environment. And over time, everyone will benefit."

"Yet we are aware that no matter how much improvement there is at the top of the economic ladder, many of our people still struggle mightily. We are deeply aware that many hardworking Filipinos work hard every day just to put food on their table and provide adequate shelter for their families. Furthermore, we are aware that many of these hardworking Filipinos find their way to Japanese vessels."




Foreign Relations

"Any way you measure it, Japan-Philippine relations have never been stronger. Aside from the human link provided by Filipino seafarers and officers on Japanese vessels, there has been a welcome influx in Japanese tourists, an impressive upswing in Japanese direct investments. And very importantly, Japan is making a major contribution to peace and stability in Mindanao."


Full text of speech available at

Policy Statements on President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Speech during the Women's Month Kick-off ceremony "CEDAW ng Bayan: Kayamanan ng Kababaihan"

New City Hall Grounds, Calamba City, Laguna

March 3, 2008

Women's Rights

"Dahil sa ating masusing pagpapasunod sa programa para sa karapatan ng kababaihan, pinarangalan tayo ng U.N. nung nakaraang taon bilang bansang may malaking pinagbabawas sa diskriminasyon sa kababaihan. At inimbita rin tayo sa World Economic Forum at binigyan ng parangal bilang tanging bansa sa Asia na nasa top ten sa buong daigdig sa gender parity. Pang-anim tayo sa buong mundo sa gender parity."

"To eradicate extreme hunger and poverty; achieve universal primary education; reduce child mortality; combat HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; at magbuo ng global partnership para sa kaunlaran. Itong mga millennium development goals, ito ang laman ng ating medium-term development plan."

"The government addresses maternal health through a two-pronged strategy: yung isa, health services to

pregnant women for safe motherhood; at yung pangalawa, natural family planning."

"For safe motherhood naman, we are shifting to facility-based delivery instead of home-based delivery kasi yung mga nanganganak sa bahay, yun ang maraming pinanggagalingan ng maternal health. Kaya para mas maraming pumasok sa ospital para manganak ay sa pregnancy puwede ng magamit ang Philhealth ngayon."

"Noong ako ay senador, ginawa ko yung batas na nagtataguyod ng partisipasyon ng kababaihan sa mga gawaing may produktibidad at kita. Kaya naman malaki ang gusto nating ipairal sa SEA-K at sa microfinance sa kababaihan. At bilang Pangulo, nagpirma naman tayo ng batas na nagbibigay ng proteksyon sa kababaihan at kabataan mula sa karahasan."

"Ang tema ng buwan ng kababaihan itong taon ay -- "CEDAW ng Bayan: Yaman ng Kababaihan." Ang CEDAW ay Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women, sa ilalim ng United Nations. Ang CEDAW ay yaman ng kababaihan sa buong mundo dahil pinagtatanggol ang karapatan ng kababaihan sa buong mundo sa ilalim ng United Nations. Kaya sa buwang ito, tutukan natin ang pagpapalawak ng mga gawain para sa CEDAW at sa kaunlaran. CEDAW at hindi sigaw ang panlaban sa kahirapan."


Full text of speech available  at



Policy Statements on PGMA's Speech during the signing ceremony of the act on Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP)

Rizal Hall, Malacañang

March 4, 2008


"Una sa lahat, salamat sa Kongreso sa pagpasa ng Civil Aviation Authority Act na ating lalagdaan ngayon. Magandang tanda ito para sa bayan at sa mundo na patuloy ang pamahalaan sa paglilingkod sa tao at pagsusulong ng kinakailangang reporma tungo sa mas mahusay na pamamahala."

"Salamat sa bagong batas na lilikha ng Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines, magiging mas ligtas ang mga biyahe sa eroplano, at mawawalang sagabal sa paglago ng turismo at investment na lumilikha ng daan-daang libong trabaho para sa bayan o milyung-milyon pa nga. Ito ang ating mga pakay noong hiniling sa State of the Nation Address na maging batas ito. Nagagalak tayo sa pagtuon ng ating mga mambabatas sa ating panawagan."

Peace and Order

"Today's enactment of the civil aviation authority law is an opportune time to underscore the immense value of the rule of law. The rule of law is the foundation and protection of every citizen's rights of peace and order in society, and of confidence in our country among investors in the Philippines and around the world. This is indispensable in attracting investment and jobs for our people."

"Tunay naman dapat mangibabaw ang batas at bayan kaysa sa pulitika. Pagtupad sa batas ang panata ng bawat pinunong halal at opisyal na hinirang. Ito ang ating gagawin kahit hindi muna maunawaan ng marami lalo na kahit bigyan pa ng masamang kulay ng mga namumulitika."

"That's why we uphold the principle of due process in investigating and adjudicating criminal allegations against any citizen. No one's rights must be sacrificed just to spare government leaders from the ire of protesters and the fire of politicians."

"Susunod ako sa Saligang batas at sa sarili kong nais na bumaba sa pwesto sa pagwakas ng termino sa 2010. Pero hanggang sa araw na yon, magsisikap tayo sa pagsulong sa mga reporma upang maiwan natin nang matipuno ang bansa sa susunod na pinuno. "

"In the Philippines, there is and there shall continue to be due process, rule of law, and utmost respect for the constitution. This is my pledge as President and Commander-in-Chief."


Full text of speech available at

Policy Statements on PGMA's Speech during the groundbreaking ceremony of the Pamayanang Maliksi Cavite Mass Housing Project and the Women's Month provincial kick-off ceremony "CEDAW ng Bayan: Kayamanan ng Kababaihan"

Brgy. Pasong Kawayan, General Trias, Cavite

March 5, 2008




"Noon hanggang ngayon isang malakas at lumalagong ekonomiya ang sinisikap nating ilikha upang tumulong tiyakin ang kapayapaan, katiwasayan at katatagan ng ating bansa. Ito ang dahilan sa ating kaya nagiging maliksi yung pagbabangon natin araw-araw para magsikap at mag-focus parang laser beam upang ayusin ang ating ekonomiya.  Gumawa tayo ng mahihirap at hindi popular na mga desisyon na iangat ang koleksyon ng pamahalaan at habulin ang mga nagdaya sa buwis upang makapuhunan tayo sa ating imprastraktura at ating taumbayan."

Social Services

"Dahil sa pag-akyat ng ating ekonomiya ay layunin natin na makagastos ng apatnapu't apat bilyong ipupuhunan sa pabahay. Ang walong bilyon dito ay manggagaling sa national budget, at meron tatlumpung bilyon na nanggagaling naman sa PAG-IBIG na napakababa ang interes."

Women's Rights

"Ipinagmamalaki natin ang ating bansa, gawa ng kinikilala tayong mahusay sa pagtupad ng CEDAW na pinagmumulan ng maraming kabuhayan at pagtanggol ng karapatan ng kababaihan, kaya't tayo sa buong mundo ay pang-anim na bansa sa husay ng pagsunod sa mga panukala ng CEDAW."


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