‘Gov’t committed to inclusive growth’

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The government has shown its commitment to inclusive growth by focusing on the needs of provinces and local government units (LGUs), a Palace official said on Saturday.

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Presidential Communications Undersecretary Manuel Luis Quezon 3rd said President Benigno Aquino’s recent visits to four provinces in Luzon this week shows the administration’s commitment to inclusive growth.

“By focusing on the needs of our provinces and LGUs, the government ensures that progress reaches all,” Quezon said.

“President Aquino has always stood firm in his belief that no Filipino—no matter where they live—should be left behind in our pursuit of progress. This week, beyond his commitments in Metro Manila, the president traveled to Pangasinan, Laguna, Batangas, and Pampanga to inaugurate and turn over projects as well as meet with local leaders and the community,” the Palace official added.

In Pangasinan, the President attended the turnover of the Department of Trade and Industry’s Shared Services Facilities (SSF).

“Launched in 2013, the project involves setting up common production facilities with the goal of increasing MSME productivity and boosting their competitiveness. Currently, we have 1,681 SSF all over the country, shared among 16,192 MSMEs and 72,864 entrepreneurs. The DTI plans to launch 200 more SSF before the end of the Aquino administration. While in Pangasinan, the President also led the inauguration of a new building in Urdaneta I Central School, constructed with the help of PAGCOR,” Quezon said.

On Wednesday, Aquino went to Laguna to attend the 30th anniversary celebration of the Center for Agriculture and Rural Development Mutually Reinforcing Institutions (CARD-MRI). In his speech, he lauded the institution’s contributions, as it continues to benefit MSMEs through microfinance, microinsurance, and other business services. From Laguna, the President proceeded to Batangas to lead the switch-on ceremony for the Calatagan 63.3-Megawatt Solar Farm in Barangay Paraiso.

“Just yesterday, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) announced that our poverty rate had dropped to 26.3 percent in the first semester of 2015 —the lowest since 2009. As President Aquino said, the goal has always been to leave the country in a better state than in 2010. Now, as we face another crossroads, we trust that our voters will choose a leader who will continue our upward trajectory,” Quezon said.

PNA

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