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                                                                                                               Refer to: Atty Macalintal

As he exhorts CLSU grads to rise above themselves and succeed

14  April  2005


Underscoring the need for a much-improved economy to ease the burden of the vast majority of the people living in poverty, Vice President Noli ‘Kabayan’ De Castro enumerated the five major considerations that need to be addressed despite the crises that the nation faces.

Speaking before thousand of graduating students from both the graduate and undergraduate levels at the 53rd Annual Commencement Exercises of the Central Luzon State University at the Science City of Muñoz, Nueva Ecija where he was conferred the degree of Doctor of Humanities honoris causa, the Vice President announced that the important things to achieve include good governance and transparency in the bureaucracy, the achievement of a stable macroeconomic environment that would lead to a healthy trade and investment climate, recognition of the rights of everyone and equal application of law, putting a stop to criminal activities and implementation of programs to provide safety nets for the upliftment of lives especially of those in the far flung places in the country.

In emphasizing the need for cooperation among the different sectors of society, Vice President De Castro expressed that the collective efforts of different government agencies, with the much-needed assistance from the private sector, from developers, non-governmental organizations and beneficiaries or communities, proved crucial in the modest success in the different housing programs of the government.

The Vice President firmly believes that this success could easily be duplicated if the same cooperation is extended by all sectors in society and the daunting tasks ahead could be hurdled.
CLSU President Dr. Rodolfo Undan disclosed that the CLSU Academic Council unanimously recommended to bestow the honorary degree to Vice President De Castro in recognition of the Vice President’s ‘exemplary performance and achievement in the field of public service in his capacity as a broadcast journalist, as a former Senator and now Vice President of the Republic... whose primordial concern is the upliftment of the human dignity of our countrymen particularly those who are less privileged in life.

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