Next president urged to pursue Arroyo's programs

20:15, May 13, 2010      

Email | Print | Subscribe | Comments | Forum 

A spokesman of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo on Thursday hoped the country's next president will proceed with the programs put forth by the current adminstration.

Among the "vital" programs are alleviating poverty and a balanced budget, which Ricardo Saludo said the Arroyo administration failed to fulfil because of the global financial crisis.

"On our part, we certainly would like to see important initiatives to be pursued because these are things that we feel will be good for country and we have taken steps to get them going. (Addressing the deficit) is crucial to our economic fundamentals," Saludo said.

Saludo said Arroyo's poverty reduction programs have made a " great impact" on poor families in the country.

Deputy presidential spokesperson Rogelio Peyuan, meanwhile, suggested that the next administration should keep the incumbent administration's technical and vocational skills training programs to partially solve the country's unemployment problem.

Arroyo's training programs have helped financially-distressed students to pursue--and sometimes complete--a full college course, Peyuan said, adding that 92 percent of those who get hired are those with vocational and technical skills.

Under the current administration's scholarship programs, the government provides scholarship for deserving students to enroll in short term courses like bartending, food and beverage, housekeeping, commercial cooking and caregiving that cost from 10, 000 pesos (222.02 U.S. dollars) to 15,000 pesos (333.03 U.S. dollars) per student to longer courses like aircraft maintenance that cost 40,000 pesos (888.09 U.S. dollars) per student.

Arroyo's six-year presidential term ends on June 30, 2010.

Preliminary results of the presidential election, which was held on May 10, showed that Liberal Party presidential candidate Benigno Aquino III was leading in the race. In Aquino III's opinion, in the Philippines, corruption is the main cause for poverty and the main reason why people distrust with their government. Aquino III pledged that once elected the next president, he will be committed to the fight against corruption.

Source:Xinhua

(Editor:梁军)

  • Do you have anything to say?

双语词典
dictionary

  
Special Coverage
  • Premier Wen Jiabao visits Hungary, Britain, Germany
  • From drought to floods
Major headlines
Editor's Pick
  • On Sept. 26, a resident passes by a flower terrace decorated for the coming National Day. (Xinhua/Hang Xingwei)
  • The photo, taken on Sept. 26, shows the SWAT team ready for the joint exercise. (Xinhua/Wangkai)
  • Two metro trains in Shanghai collided Tuesday afternoon, and an identified number of passengers were injured in the accident, the Shanghai-based eastday.com reported. Equipment failures were believed to have caused the crash on the Line 10 subway, Xinhua quoted local subway operator as saying.
  • An employee at a gold store in Yiwu, located in east China's Zhejiang province, shows gold jewelry on Monday.(Xinhua/Zhang Jiancheng)
  • Tourists ride camels near China's largest desert lake Hongjiannao in Yulin, north China's Shaanx Province, Sept. 24, 2011. Hongjiannao is shrinking as a result of climate change and human activities, and may vanish in a few decades. Its lake area, which measured more than 6,700 hectares in 1996, has shrunk to 4,180 hectares. Its water level is declining by 20-30 centimeters annually and its water PH value has risen to 9.0-9.42 from 7.4-7.8. (Xinhua/Liu Yu)
  • Actors perform royal dance at the Gyeongbok Palace in Seoul, Sept. 27, 2011. A ceremony commemorating the 38th South Korea Sightseeing Day was held in Gyeongbok Palace on Tuesday. (Xinhua/He Lulu)
Hot Forum Discussion