PGMA calls on youth to support national goals

March 2, 2010 10:57 pm 

TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, March 2 — President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo today called on the youth anew to join hands with the government in the effort to uplift the nation to open “even more opportunities” for the next generation of Filipinos.

“We are one nation. We must all stand shoulder to shoulder to lift our nation up and give our next generations even more opportunities. You, the youth of our nation in particular, deserve a better deal than your parents. In you, we will see a brighter day. No price is too high to pay for your education and your future success,” the President stressed, echoing a similar call she made Monday in Baguio City before young military cadets who graduated from the Philippine Military Academy.

The Chief Executive spoke here before students, teachers, faculty members and officials of the Florencio L. Vargas College as part of her tour of the Northern Luzon Agribusiness Quadrangle, the fifth and last of the super regions she identified in her 2006 development strategy.

(As she was in the middle of her speech, a tremor interrupted the gathering, forcing the Chief Executive to stop her speech briefly. She was calm as the surroundings shook for less than a minute and was overheard saying: “There is an earthquake. I hope this will not be like Haiti or Chile.” After a brief pause, the President continued with her message. Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Philvolcs) in Manila said the quake struck at 10.51 a.m., was of tectonic origin and measured at Intensity 5 in nearby Aparri.)

As in her previous visits to the four other super regions, the President started her sortie in a school to emphasize the high priority she places on the education sector in her administration.

The President pointed out that the nation must expand its political and economic footprint to lift up all regions, not just Metro Manila.

“That is why we have insisted to investing billions of pesos across the nation to tie the nation together though a better, more modern transportation system; lift up our next generation with more schools to ensure a better education; and keep our nation clean, safe and beautiful to tap the best of our natural beauty.

Earlier, the President led the ceremonial distribution of the Certificates of Allocation of some 426 irrigation pump sets to help local farmers mitigate the effects of the El Nino in Cagayan. (PNA)

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