Arroyo spreads news in New York about her admin's feats

Arroyo spreads news in New York about her admin’s feats
AMITA LEGASPI
GMANews.TV

“Start spreading the news…” that’s how Liza Minelli’s 1977 song “New York, New York” goes.

That’s what former President and incumbent Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal Arroyo did. At two recent events in New York in the United States, Arroyo highlighted the achievements of her administration.

Taunted in the Philippines for corruption issues, Arroyo found two international venues — the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) conference and the Important Dinner for Women — to cite her administration’s achievements, especially for women.

Arroyo attended the two international gatherings from September 20 to 22. Arroyo’s classmate, former US President Bill Clinton, and Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan invited her to these events.

Both events focused on addressing women issues related to the Millenium Development Goals (MDGs).

The MDGs are eight international development goals that all 192 United Nations member states, and at least 23 international organizations, have agreed to achieve by the year 2015.

These goals include:
(1) Eradicating extreme poverty and hunger;
(2) Achieving universal primary education;
(3) Promoting gender equality and empowering women;
(4) Reducing child mortality rate;
(5) Improving maternal health;
(6) Combating HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases;
(7) Ensuring environmental sustainability, and
(8) Developing a global partnership for development.

Presenter of commitments

In the 5th CGI conference, Arroyo was the “presenter of commitments” on enhanced education for about one million girls.

In a press release, Elena Bautista-Horn, Arroyo’s spokesperson, said the “commitment” was shared by Barclays (a financial services institution), Goldman Sachs (a global investment banking and securities firm) and Room to Read (a non-profit organization based in the US).

Women empowerment

During the 5th Important Dinner for Women, Arroyo was a discussant on the lagging targets on women empowerment and maternal deaths.

The discussion was participated in by Netherlands Prime minister Emily de Jongh-elnage, and Ida Odinga, wife of Kenya’s Prime Minister, among others.

During the event, the former president shared her administration’s accomplishments.

Arroyo said the country was among the world’s top in providing economic opportunities for women. She said the 2006-2007 global entrepreneurship monitor noted that the Philippines was the only in the country in the world where the women are more active in starting business than men.

She added there was a significant increase of women in the labor force, with 49% of all women now working, topping gender equality among managers, professional and technical workers.

Arroyo admin’s achievements

Arroyo also cited that the Philippines has been at the top of the ranking of developing countries in the World Economic Forum’s “global gender gap index” for four consecutive years. She added that the Philippines also has the highest ranking in Asia.

Arroyo further said the government tops in gender equality among legislators and senior officials, adding that women dominate civil service at the technical level.

“The Philippines continues to be the top performer in gender equality in literacy rate and enrollment in primary, secondary and tertiary education. The country also tops gender equality on life expentancy with women outliving men,” the former President said.

She also said that her administration also made landmark legislations for women, such as the enactment of the Magna Carta for Women, a comprehensive women’s human rights law that seeks to eliminate discrimination against women.

The magna carta seeks to recognize, protect, fulfill and promote the rights of Filipino women, particularly those in the marginalized sector.

She also cited the Anti-Violence against Women and the Trafficking Persons Act of 2003, recognizing that women are the number one victims of human trafficking.

Empowerment of women

She said the Philippines is the only country that automatically appropriates 5% of its annual budget for the empowerment of Filipino women.

Yet, like many other countries, the Philippines faces the difficult challenge of reducing maternal mortality from 160/100,000 in 2009 to 55/100,000 in 2015, she said.

Arroyo said maternal deaths affect not only women empowerment but also the promotion of an intact family unit, the breeding ground of an individual’s values and direction for the future.

She said most of maternal deaths are caused by the absence of birth experts and proper birth facilities.

Arroyo said her administration has thus made health care services more available for women. They also made pregnancy quality for public health insurance.

Arroyo also put priority to facility-based, rather than home-based delivery of babies, by upgrading the gynecological, obstetrics, and surgical services of government hospitals.

Aside from attending the two events, Arroyo also held meetings with philanthropists and non government organizations to discuss possible projects addressing the concerns of women and overseas Filipino workers. Arroyo also discussed possible infrastructure, relief, and reconstruction projects. –VVP, GMANews.TV

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  • UP nn grad

    Ang buntunghininga ng ilang kamag-anak ko sa Laguna, isang malaking problema — hindi naiintindihan ni Presidente Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino (who is establishing his reputation to be generous to his gun-shooting friends and classmates),Noynoy Aquino has no understanding of pregnancy and giving-birth and maternal issues that Pilipinas mothers face. Sabi noong tiyahin ko, mabuti pa si Gibo, pero ganoon iyon, ang nanalo sa eleksiyon ay si Presidente Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino (who is establishing his reputation to be generous to his gun-shooting friends and classmates).

  • Mike H

    GMA, talsik diyan!!!! Si Erap dapat. Vote Erap-para-sa-mahirap for President!

  • anakSug

    Gloria Arroyo has still the guts to continue spreading lies of her achievements when her administration was founded on lies and corruption. What Marcos achieved to undo the Philippines in twenty years she did it more and shamelessly in less than half that period.

  • anakSug

    Gloria Arroyo has still the guts to continue spreading lies of her achievements as president when her administration was founded on lies and corruption. What Marcos achieved to undone the Philippines in twenty years she did it more and shamelessly in less than half that period.

  • lola

    what she is spreading were her lies that fool the entire filipinos .
    the corruption in her administration,her cheating in election
    isnt she not enough of her being lier and corrupt?

  • Tony

    What we had from GMA was not the empowerment of women but their corruption. I just hope that Aid agencies abroad do not give her any money at all. Let her speak for Lubao, Pampanga. She does not speak for the Philippines.

  • R Ampil

    if she spoke on corruption in her government it would have been more credible. thich skin shes got.

  • lome

    I see this as another gathering of ultra feminist movements,population control by the pro-death people,trendy modernist
    indoctrinations of the young to their modernist thinking hence,lifestyles,Introductions to United Nation’s agenda’s into our ordinary everyday life.Globalist people are not far behind.
    They always start with something goodies to bait you with..

  • shasha g

    did she also mentioned that she cheat during election and she stole the money of the filipinos?

  • UP nn grad

    One of the pro-women initiatives that GMA failed to accomplish was enactment of a divorce law (which will ensure financial fairness in distribution of assets and allow women-victims legal alternatives out of spousal abuse and failed marriages). This task (getting divorce from bill into law) is what the new administration of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III should target to complete by 2011.