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Palace spells out major accomplishments in 2015

MALACANANG, Philippines – The Aquino administration counts the drop in the number of Filipinos leaving to work abroad, the decrease in the number of poor families, and maintaining a robust economy among its major accomplishments this year, Communication Secretary Herminio Coloma, Jr. said on Tuesday.
“Tinanong si Pangulo diyan. Isa sa mga nabanggit niya ay ang napababang bilang ng mga OFWs (overseas Filipino workers), nabawasan na ito ng halos kalahating milyon, I think 400,000 to 500,000,” Secretary Coloma said during a media briefing in Malacañang, when asked about the government’s major accomplishments in 2015.
He further said that the government was able to reduce the number of poor families in the country this year through the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
Coloma also noted the remarkable decline in the number of out-of-school youth, which he attributed to the implementation of the K to 12 basic education program as well as the 4Ps.
The country’s economy, he said, also remains strong despite the sluggish global economy.
“Isa pa rin tayo sa pinakamabilis ang pag-unlad at napanatili natin ang investment grade rating,” he added.
The Palace official said the Philippines also showed to the world its capability to organize major events with the country’s successful hosting of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit last November, and Pope Francis’ visit last January

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.