Palace hopes incoming admin will continue PGMA's nationwide development initiatives

June 25, 2010 9:45 pm 

By Catherine J. Teves

MANILA, June 25 — Malacanang is hopeful that incoming President Benigno Simeon "Noynoy" Aquino III will continue implementing the development initiatives undertaken by outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo during her nine-year incumbency so that long-term socioeconomic development nationwide can be sustained.

"We hope there can be continuity," Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Charito Planas said in her farewell Palace briefing on Friday afternoon.

She stressed the incoming administration must set aside politics and continue its predecessor's best initiatives so the momentum of development nationwide can be sustained and even accelerated.

"We developed slowly as there was hardly continuity before," she observed.

Planas said she believes "Mr. Aquino won't lack existing government initiatives to choose from" since the Arroyo administration has come up with several of these to help boost socioeconomic development nationwide.

These initiatives are aligned with President Arroyo's governance agenda for the entire country, summarized under the acronym "BEAT THE ODDS" which stands for: B-balanced budget; E-education for all; A-automated polls; T-transportation and communication infrastructure; T-terminate hostilities with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front and New People's Army; H-heal the wounds of EDSA; E-electricity and water for all; O-opportunities for livelihood and jobs; D-decentralizing development; and DS-developing Clark and Subic.

Undersecretary Planas noted that Mr. Aquino already expressed intention to continue implementing the administration's conditional cash transfer program.

This program aims to help meet the financial needs of marginalized people nationwide while giving them access to basic social services so they can improve their lives.

However, the incoming President's camp appears skeptical about other initiatives and accomplishments of the present administration.

During the briefing, Planas called on the country's future leaders to adapt a positive governance stance.

"If our attitude is positive, there's no way to go but forward," she said.

She also said being positive helps generate solutions to the problems of the country.

Resolving these problems is a triumph for the nation, she added.

"We benefit from our leaders' success," she stressed. (PNA) scs/CJT/utb

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