Malacañang remains concerned on the effects of spiraling prices on Filipinos

March 27, 2012 1:13 am 

MANILA, March 26 — President Benigno S. Aquino III remains concerned and continues to act on the effect of the spiraling cost of goods and services on Filipinos, said Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda on Monday.

In a briefing, Lacierda said that despite the criticisms, the President is doing everything he can to ease the burden caused by the skyrocketing prices.

“The concerns of the ordinary person reach the President on a daily basis. We know their concerns, we know their problems and I can tell you very frankly that this is a concern that the President deals with and is very concerned with, and that’s why he has issued instructions to his Cabinet to address the situation,” Lacierda said.

“So it is not true that we do not listen to the needs of the people. In fact, we hear their pleas and are addressing their concerns,” he added.

He pointed out that among the social programs implemented by the Aquino administration to help Filipinos cope with the rising prices include providing low cost housing to law enforcement members, healthcare for all and the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program.

”We continue to provide services to the country. We have already mentioned that we’ve provided housing for many of our soldiers and policemen… we have set up RN HEALS (Registered Nurses for Health Enhancement and Local Service) which has deployed 30,000 nurses all over the country, and we have the CCT with over three-million beneficiaries,” Lacierda said.

He pointed out that despite being criticized, the President will continue with his program of government.

“Marami po tayong ginagawa. Kung ayaw nilang maniwala, patuloy pa rin kaming magpapaliwanag dahil yun ang trabaho ni Pangulong Aquino at tuloy tuloy pa ang aming ginagawa rito,” Lacierda said. (PNA)

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