Friday, September 26, 2008

PGMA joins world leaders, CEOs, NGOs to fight global poverty

PGMA joins world leaders, CEOs, NGOs to fight global poverty

New York City -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo joined hands with
the world leaders, top officials from the private sector, foundations
and civil society who participated the recent Special MDG Meeting
where she delivered the Country Report on the progress made by the
Philippines in eliminating poverty and reaffirmed the country's
commitment to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015.

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon convened the poverty summit at the UN
headquarters amid heightened concern on the negative impact of the
global crisis.

The special meeting was intended to galvanize world support to ensure
that eight poverty reduction goals agreed by the world leaders in 2000
are met by all countries by 2015.

This year marks the half way point of the MDG.

As she did in her address during the opening of the 63rd UN General
Assembly last Tuesday, the President unfolded the concrete plans and
practical actions to be taken by the Philippines to ensure the
country's compliance with the MDG target date.

She also enumerated specific actions that the Philippine government
has taken and continues to take to weather the high prices of oil and
food in the global market.

The President reported the highlights made by the Philippines in
achieving the goal since the October 2007 midterm report on the MDG
which stated that our country "has considerable progress particularly
in poverty reduction, nutrition, reducing child mortality, combating
AIDS and HIV, malaria and other diseases, and access to safe drinking
water and sanitary toilet facility."

However, the report made by the National Economic Development
Authority said that the Philippines needs to work harder on targets
concerning universal access to education, maternal mortality and
access to reproductive health services.

The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) include eradicating extreme
poverty and hunger, achieving universal primary education, promoting
gender equality, reducing child mortality, improving maternal health,
combating diseases such as HIV/AIDS, ensuring environmental
sustainability and creating global partnerships for development, trade
and debt relief.

The Millennium Declaration was signed by 189 member states, including
the Philippines.

One of the highlights of the MDG summit was the launching of a Global
Malaria Action plan, under which heads of the state, chief executive
officers and other dignitaries announced billions of dollars in new
funding commitments for Malaria control and research. (PIA La Union)

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PGMA rallies women leaders to fight for women empowerment

PGMA rallies women leaders to fight for women empowerment

NEW YORK CITY---President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo called today on all
women leaders to fight for women empowerment as well as pursue
justice, dignity and equality for women all over the world.

The President issued the call during the Women Leaders Forum hosted by
US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice this morning at the Waldorf
Astoria Hotel.

The President noted that even in better times, women were already
''double burdened'' as women and housewives.

And now, with the present global financial and economic crises, women
have ''triple burdens''---as single heads of households, lesser
healthcare and soaring prices of fuel and food, especially for the
poor women in the world.

''So as women leaders, we must be champions of women in this,
especially to those who are in need. It is now, more than ever, that
we need women's voices to be heard to fight for the rights and
opportunities of women, both in our respective nations and in the
whole world,'' the President said, as she batted strongly for the
candidacy of Sen. Miriam Santiago for a seat in the International
Court of Justice (ICJ).

''Add another great gain right here at the UN, if we continue to
secure a seat for a woman in the ICJ,'' the President said, adding
that the term of the woman presiding officer in the ICJ expires this year.

''If selected, we continue to have one. If not, then the women's voice
will not be represented in that very important court and that would be
a shame,'' she added.

At the same time, the President said women leaders must work to
cushion the impact of a ''sagging economy'' on poor women by pursuing
justice, dignity and equality.

The President stressed that the Philippines has made ''important
gains'' as far as gender parity is concerned, but ''more needs to be
done.''

She said one of the achievements of the Philippines under the
Millennium Development Goals (MDG) is gender parity.

The President said the Philippines has won recognition one among the
top six countries in the world, and the top-rated in Asia, in terms of
gender parity.

The Philippines is No. 1 in terms of literacy rate and Filipino women
have a slight edge in both simple and functional literacy over males.

The President was among four women heads of state who attended the
forum which was created in 2006 by Rice to ensure that issues
important to women -- such as education, political and economic
empowerment, and access to justice -- are treated as international
priorities.

The other women leaders at the forum were Chile President Michelle
Bachelet, Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Finland
President Tarja Kaarina Holonen.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Statement during the session of

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo's Statement during the session of
the Women Leaders' Working Group
The Empire Room, Waldorf Astoria Hotel
New York, USA
September 25, 2008
09252008A

One of our greatest achievements as a country under the MDG, the
Millennium Developing Goals, is improving gender equality.

In that meeting, it was revealed that the Philippines is among the top
six in the world and the top rated in Asia in terms of gender parity.
And I would like to congratulate again President Halonen because the
Philippines being number six ranked behind Finland, three other
Scandinavian countries and New Zealand, and we were number six.

And we are number one among several... we're number one in the world
in gender equality in terms of the literacy rate. In fact, females in
the Philippines have a slight edge in both simple and functional
literacy over males.

We are also number one in the world together with several others in
the number one slot in enrolment in primary, secondary and tertiary
education. There are more females than males who enrolled in school
and there are fewer females who drop out.So, I believe that we have
made important gains not only in the Philippines but also all over the
world as far as gender parity is concerned, but more needs to be done
to ensure that we all meet our MDG goals by 2015, one of which is
gender parity.

In every corner of the world, we must attain today when all men and
women are truly treated with equality. Meaning, equal before the law,
equal in terms of pay and equal in terms of opportunity.

And now we face the most significant global economic and financial
crisis in a generation, and women especially suffer from that. The
poor feel this crisis the most, but women in particular take a harder
hit even in the best of times. Women bear a heavier burden when it
comes to economic equality. So, it is unfortunate that a
disproportionate number of women live in poverty. Many of them are
single heads of households and many of them receive less health care.
So, what more now during the hard times that the world is experiencing.
With soaring prices of food and fuel, the poor women the world over
are on the frontlines because they have to be the ones to manage the
strains of this uncertain economic times on their families and also on
their communities.

We have said traditionally women have a double burden. For instance,
in the Philippines, we have many career women but at the same time,
they must be the housewives as well. Now, there's a triple burden when
we have a global fuel, food and financial crises.

So, as women leaders, we must be champions of women in this special
hour of need. It is now, more than ever, that we need women's voices
to be heard to fight for the rights and opportunities of women both in
our respective nations and in the whole world.

Earlier, Secretary Rice talked about a great gain of women empowerment
within the U.N. organization.

I would like to add, therefore, that hopefully, we can have another
great gain after this particular year session of ours. Because right
here at the U.N., we can have another small but significant blow for
women that can be struck if we secure, if we continue to secure a seat
for a woman in the International Court of Justice. There is only one
woman in the International Court of Justice now and she is the
presiding officer but she is ending her term. Among the eight
candidates for five seats, where you can elect at large, there is only
one woman nominee and that is the candidate from the Republic of the
Philippines, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago, an eminently qualified
woman. So, if she is selected, we continue to have one even if it's
only one woman in the Court of International Justice. But if she's not
selected then a woman's voice will not be represented on that very
important court and that would be a shame.

So, it is important that within the U.N. we all fight for women's
empowerment. And beyond the U.N., we must also pledge here today, that
we should pursue justice, dignity and equality for women the world
over. And we must make sure that the burdens of a sagging economy do
not weigh disproportionately on the poor and particularly women.

That's why, I thank Secretary Rice for launching this group together
with originally 18 women leaders, and we hope that this will be one of
her legacies and that the work will continue as Secretary Rice
becomes, hopefully, our senior adviser on the Women's Working Group in
the years to come.

Thank you. (Applause)

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

SEPTEMBER 25, 2008

NEW YORK -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will reaffirm the
Philippines' commitments to achieving the Millennium Development Goals
(MDG) by 2015 when she delivers on Thursday (10 a.m. NY time) the
Country Report on the progress made by the Philippines in eliminating
poverty.

The special MDG meeting of heads of states, representatives of the
private sector and the civil society at the United Nations (UN)
headquarters here will be convened by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.

To be discussed at the high-level MDG event are specific ways to
energize the efforts of all UN-member nations in achieving the MDG.
This year marks the halfway point of the MDG.

As she did in her address during the opening session of the 63rd UN
General Assembly (UNGA) last Tuesday, the President is expected to set
out concrete plans and practical actions to be taken by the
Philippines to ensure the country's compliance with the MDG target date.

In her address before the opening session of the 2008 UNGA, the
President enumerated specific actions that the Philippine government
has taken and continues to take to weather the high prices of oil and
food in the global market.

The high-level MDG meeting will also review the progress, identify
gaps, and commit to concrete efforts, resources and mechanisms to
bridge the gaps.

The President is expected to report on the highlights of the progress
made by the Philippines in achieving the goal since the Oct. 2007
midterm report on the MDG.

The midterm report, which was prepared by the National Economic and
Development Authority (NEDA), stated that the Philippines ''has made
considerable progress particularly in poverty reduction, nutrition,
reducing child mortality, combating AIDS and HIV, malaria and other
diseases and access to safe drinking water and sanitary toilet facility."

However, the report said that the Philippines needs to work harder on
targets concerning universal access to education, maternal mortality
and access to reproductive health services.

The Philippines is a signatory to the 2000 Millennium Declaration that
rolled out the time-bound MDGs as a global agenda for development by 2015.

The eight MDGs are: halve poverty and hunger; universal primary
education; gender equality; reduce child mortality; improved women's
health; stop and reverse the spread of HIV/AIDS and other diseases;
environmental sustainability; and global partnerships for aid, trade
and debt relief.

The Millennium Declaration was signed by 189 member states, including
the Philippines.

Earlier at 8 a.m. today (NY time), the President attended the Women
Leaders Meeting at the Waldorf Hotel.

The President and US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice had a few
minutes of one-on-one meeting, Press Secretary Jesus Dureza said.

The President, who will leave New York for Manila after the UN event
tomorrow is expected to arrive in Manila on Saturday morning.

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Wednesday, September 24, 2008

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[kgma] PGMA's National Statement at the 63rd UN Gen. Assembly Ge. Debate

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Date: September 24, 2008 12:07:51 AM EDT
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President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's National Statement at the 63rd UN
General Assembly General Debate
General Assembly Hall, UN Headquarters
New York City, USA
September 23, 2008
09232008A

Senior Don Miguel d'Escoto Brockmann. His Excellency the Secretary
General of the United Nations Ban Ki Moon, friends.

The developing world is at a tipping point. In the Philippines, we
feel the pain of high prices of food, fuel and rice.

Our people pursue the universal dream of a better life for themselves
and their children: better education, better healthcare, higher wages,
a dignified retirement. We are proving the value of a new paradigm for
self-reliance through the use of:

First, a targeted strategy with a set of precise prescriptions to ease
our price challenges;

Second, food self-sufficiency and more energy independence; and Third,
long term reforms.

This is a positive example we wish to share with the rest of the world.

Our gains in the last seven years were hard-earned. We made tough and
sometimes painful decisions to reset our economy -- tax increases,
banking reforms, crackdown on smugglers and tough fiscal discipline,
to name a few. Thankfully, these reforms have given us some running
room to weather the first wave of global price shocks that
reverberated across the world earlier this year.

It hasn't been easy, but Filipinos are tough and resilient. We have
pulled together. We have been able to draw on additional revenues to
provide targeted investments in food and fuel to keep our poor afloat
until a better day.

But we are also realistic that we cannot do it alone. We need a strong
UN as never before. We need rigorous international cooperation as
never before.

Economic uncertainty has moved like a terrible tsunami around the
globe, wiping away gains, erasing progress – not just here in
Manhattan Island, but also in the many islands of the Philippines.

Just when we thought the worst had passed, the light at the end of the
tunnel became an oncoming train hurtling forward with new shocks to
the global financial system. The setbacks from these global shocks of
the past year, and the past weeks, are real and profound. It will take
time and perseverance to put the pieces back together.

To address these global challenges, we must go on building bridges
among allies around the world. To bring rice to where it is needed to
feed the people, investments to create jobs and keep the peace and
stability in the world.

It is, therefore, timely that our Secretary General Ban Ki Moon has
organized this year's agenda around the impact of the global economy
on the poor. He deserves our highest praise for his quick and decisive
action on the global food crisis. His Comprehensive Framework for
Action involving the UN, donor countries, civil society and the
private sector seeks to achieve food security through the right
combination of policies, technologies and investments. This is a model
of the United Nations in action.

Since the volatile global economies became apparent in its situation
many months ago, in the Philippines we have increased and stabilized
the supply of rice, and delivered targeted subsidies to the poor. We
have reached out to our neighbors like Vietnam and others in ASEAN and
elsewhere to ensure a stable supply and affordable prices. We have
clamped down on price gouging and invested more billions in planting
and agricultural modernization.

We have increased our energy independence by 17% through greater use
of geothermal, biofuel and other renewables. We expect to attain 60%
energy independence in two years.

Biofuels have been cited for being a positive factor for clean energy.
At the same time, they have also been cited as a negative factor that
contributes to high food prices. We are pursuing a policy of using
non-food biofuel sources planted on land unusable for food production
purposes. We see this approach as a way for countries to seek a
sustainable balance between food and energy needs.

For food self-sufficiency, our food baskets are North Luzon in our
largest island and the southern island of Mindanao.

Mindanao has fields of the highest productivity, yet also the majority
of our poorest provinces. It is a sad irony that our food basket has
some of the highest hunger in our nation.

The prime reason is the endless Mindanao conflict.

Our archipelago of 7,000 islands has had its share of religious
strife, ethnic tension and violence.

For years we have worked to achieve peace in Mindanao. Much progress
was made until violent elements within the Moro Islamic Liberation
Front decided to take the law into their own hands. We will restart
the dialogue when the area is secure, our people are safe and
responsible elements in the MILF regain control.

There is no alternative to peace. I stand before you today to declare
loud and clear that we are committed to the process of peace in Mindanao.

We gratefully acknowledge here today the central role of so many
friends and allies, like the UN; Brunei, Indonesia, Libya, Malaysia,
Saudi Arabia, and others in the Organization of the Islamic
Conference; Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the US and other bilateral
ODA partners; the EU and Sweden. All have played a big role in
advancing peace and development in Mindanao.

We will refocus the peace talks from one that is centered on dialogues
with rebels to one of authentic dialogues with the communities. The
context of our engagement with all armed groups shall subscribe to the
UN-recognized principle of demobilization, disarmament and reintegration.

We maintain high hopes in interfaith dialogue as a means to build
bridges rather than barriers between communities of different cultures
and ethnicity.

In continuation of this effort, the Philippines will host the
first-ever Special Ministerial Meeting on Interfaith Dialogue for
Cooperation and Development in May next year. We will also cooperate
with the Alliance of Civilizations.

We are also pleased that our Secretary General will join us in Manila
during the Second Global Forum on Migration and Development. Our
overseas Filipino workers are true global pioneers. There isn't a ship
abroad that doesn't have a Filipino crew or a nation without highly
skilled Filipino workers. The movement of people from one country to
another will surely increase as globalization continues to erase borders.

This should be recognized as having implications on the growth and
development of both sending and receiving countries.

Mr. President, in many troubled places of our world, the U.N. is the
last great hope for peace and security. For this reason, the
Philippines contributes one of the largest police contingents to U.N.
Peacekeeping Operations.

Mr. President, your leadership is more vital than ever. The
Philippines will fully support you as you lead our General Assembly
for the coming year.

In conclusion, Mr. President and friends, there are hundreds of
millions of good people across this globe who are struggling as never
before. We must hear their cry for help. It is within the collective
power of the leaders at this UN Assembly to fulfill the universal
dream of better education, better health, food on the table, and a
dignified life.

Thank you. (applause)

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