Ms. Ronadale Zapata
In extolling the
KABAYAN PROMOTES SUPPORT AND COOPERATION AMONG LGUs
AS KEY TO NATIONAL UNITY
17 November 2005
Vice President Noli ‘Kabayan’ De
Castro underscored the importance of the continued good relations among
the provinces of the Southern Tagalog region that promote support and
cooperation as the missing links that the country badly need today in
the face of divisiveness that seriously threaten any attempt to spur
our country to move forward.
was the message of Vice President De Castro at the opening of the
Barakalan 2005, the sixth edition of the Southern Tagalog Regional
Trade Fair at the Megatrade Hall at the SM Megamall in Mandaluyong City
as he noted that even after Region IV was divided into CALABARZON
(Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon) and MIMAROPA
(Mindoro-Marinduque-Roxas-Palawan) in 2002, the spirit of
BARAKALAN started by Ricky Osmond in 1990, former Department of Trade
and Industry Regional Director and presently Chairman of RDC IV-A,
lived on. World-class products and services of small and medium
enterprises (SMEs) as well as local government units of CALABARZON at
MIMAROPA regions are still showcased in the annual event.
Mapalawak sana natin sa ibang
pang mga rehiyon ang samahang katulad ng “BARAKALAN.” I see this as an
important strategy in promoting unity in the face of deep divisions
brought about by political differences.
The Vice President believes that
with the institutionalization of the “FORWARD AND BACKWARD” link
strategy that promote help and collaboration among cities, provinces
and regions, maximum economic benefits would be achieved by the country
for this strategy is particularly effective in a country with
geographic setup that we have.
Vice President De Castro also
expressed hope that the ideals of Barakalan would carry our local
products through in the face of stiff competition that globalization
The Vice President explains: Nananaig
pa rin ang pagkakaisa, kasipagan at ang likas na kakayahan ng mga
Pilipino upang malagpasan ang anumang pagsubok. Bukod pa rito, naging
maigting din ang pagtutulungan ng gobyerno at ng pribadong sektor sa
pagsusulong ng mga development initiatives.
And the unified effort, innate
talent and hard work of the Filipinos are the things that Vice
President De Castro mentioned that would eventually carry the country
to the path of progress.
Ref no. VPMEDIA 05-177
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