PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE
from sickness that kept her in Malacañang for three
days, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo resumed
yesterday her provincial sorties, this time visiting
Iloilo to launch road maintenance, power and aviation
The President was advised by her personal physicians
to take a rest after she was stricken with cough and
fever last Thursday. This forced her to cancel a trip
to Hong Kong Friday and Saturday.
In Cabanatuan, Iloilo, Ms. Arroyo launched a road
maintenance program dubbed “Kalsada Natin Alagaan
Natin” under the Department of Public Works and
The program will provide
jobs to barangay residents, similar to the Emergency
Employment Agency program of the late President
Diosdado Macapagal, and prolong the service life of
the national roads.
Public Works Secretary Florante Soriquez said the
program involves routine maintenance of road
shoulders, drainage lines and canals as well as
vegetation control activities along 7,117 km of
national roads in the Visayas.