PGMA to focus on 3Es for remainder of her term

August 4, 2009 9:27 am 

MANILA, Aug. 4 — From now until her term ends next year, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will be focusing investments on the three Es — education, economy and environment.

In an interview with noted business television anchor Maria Bartiromo over her Closing Bell program on CNBC aired Tuesday morning, President Arroyo said there are so many things that still need to be done despite the short period left on her term.

“We still have the global economic crisis upon us. So, we still have to address that and not be complacent. A lot of challenges still lie ahead, a lot of work still has to be done within the next year,” she added.

She then went on to describe the two Philippines: one is where the economy is working again and moving forward. The other is where the political system is still broken.

“And so we have done many fundamental reforms in the economy and its time to begin to do fundamental reforms in the political system,” the President said. “Where that will go, what the specific reforms will be, that would really be up to those who are in charge of doing such amendments.”

Asked on the issue of her stepping down when her term ends, the President said: “I’ve said it over and over again. My term ends in 2010 but until the last day I’m going to continue to work hard for our economy, our environment and our education. (PNA)

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