Press Release
July 24, 2006


As President Arroyo announced the establishment of the five super regions, Senator Edgardo J. Angara today asked the president to provide clear-cut and reasonable policies and procedures to ensure that these super regions would be helpful and really effective to the development and progress of the country.

There must be vivid and sound policies and regulations to mandate these so-called super mega regions, said Angara, If she will not provide such guidelines, mobilization of our domestic resources will continue to decline and the result is, we have a high debt and high deficit regime, he continued.

Angara said that there is no room for an additional layer in the bureaucracy. He said that the highly-centralized government is providing missed opportunities in making the countryside bloom and local initiative and enterprise thrive.

Angara also said that the mega-region concept could target more natural assets or resources, double production supply and demand decentralization development of each region. However, he reiterated that the regions should have cultural, linguistic and historical compatibility.

For instance, the Bicol Region cannot be grouped together with the Tagalog or the Visayan Region since they dont have the same shared beliefs, tradition and customs. Each region has different cultural, linguistic and historical ties that distinguish them from the other, Angara said.

Angara noted that the SONA is the presidents exclusive opportunity to layout quantifiable targets and pertinent timelines. However, Angara also said, these statements should be backed up with real action for the countrys progress and development.

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