Sec. Limcaoco leads groundbreaking rites for first elevator at PIA Bldg.

June 21, 2010 9:48 pm 

By Cielito M. Reganit

MANILA, June 21 – After 24 years of existence, the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Building along Visayas Avenue in Quezon City is now poised to have its first-ever elevator installed.

In simple ceremonies Monday, outgoing Government Media Organizations Supervising Secretary and concurrent PIA chief Secretary Conrado A. Limcaoco Jr. led the groundbreaking rites for the construction of the facility.

The elevator, which will be constructed by Otis E&M Company, is expected to be operational by September of this year.

The four-story PIA Building is home not only to the PIA but also to the Philippine Broadcasting Services (PBS) and the Philippines News Agency (PNA).

Once finished, the elevator will greatly convenience the hundreds of employees that serve the government media agencies it houses and the general public that frequents them, especially the old and the handicapped.

In a short speech, Secretary Limcaoco expressed his utmost gratitude to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for the attainment of the project, the last of “firsts” achievements he had accomplished under his watch as PIA head.

Although the project is through the initiatives of Limcaoco and like-minded individuals, like noted election lawyer Atty. Romulo Macalintal among others, the PIA chief said that the facility was made possible through the munificence of President Arroyo, who allotted P10 million for the project.

“President Arroyo is a caring President and the softness of her heart is one of her traits that I admire most,” Limcaoco said.

While First Gentleman Jose Miguel Arroyo has health problems himself, Limcaoco said he was very touched by the President's gesture of calling him and personally asking about his health.

He also took note of the President’s penchant for hard work and discipline, traits that Secretary Limcaoco said had made her the most accomplished President of the Republic.

“Look around you and one can see the many infrastructure and development that she had accomplished throughout the country. It saddens me that despite everything that she has done, she leaves unpopular and unappreciated,” he said.

History would be the judge and would be kind to President Arroyo, he said.

With this, he called on the employees he will leave behind with sweet sorrow to take care of the elevator.

“This facility is from President Arroyo. This is for you. Take good care of it as your own,” Limcaoco said. (PNA)



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