People first: Arroyo's new direction for next 6 years

PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will put the people first.

This is the "new direction" that the President will set for herself in the next six years and which she will spell out in her State of the Nation Address on Monday, Malacaņang said Wednesday.

Presidential Spokesman Ignacio Bunye said the theme of the President's speech is: "A new direction: Putting people first in an era of change and national renewal."

"The President will try to convey the vision or program of government for an entire presidential tenure," Bunye said.

Bunye said the President's program for her entire tenure would be outlined in five groups of executive and legislative proposals covering job creation and economic growth; anti-corruption and good governance; social justice and basic needs; education improvement and youth opportunity; and energy independence, and savings.

"(The President's key address) is a work in progress," Bunye said. A team of advisers and Cabinet men are working on the President's speech for the July 26 event, he added.

Bunye said Ms Arroyo would present the proposed package for job creation and economic growth to a group of businessmen in Makati City on Thursday.

He added that the five packages would be discussed at the meetings of the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council after the President's speech in Congress.

Consultation meetings are also being considered to bring down the proposals to the people.

The State of the Nation Address, traditionally delivered on the last Monday of July at the opening of Congress, is the President's assessment of conditions in the country and contains the programs that he or she intends to pursue in the next six years.

Arroyo will deliver her speech at the joint opening of the 13th Congress at the Batasang Pambansa in Quezon City on Monday afternoon.


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