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Arroyo: Use spirit of EDSA vs crisis

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 11:21:00 02/25/2009

MANILA, Philippines – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo met with jobseekers at the Philippine Overseas Employment Agency (POEA) in Pasay City to prove her point that the spirit of the 1986 People Power uprising is best harnessed to cushion the blow of the global recession.

“Sinabi natin na dapat gamitin ang diwa ng EDSA na pagkakaisa para sagutin ang hamon ng panahon, sinasagot natin yan sa pamamagitan ng job fair (We have called to harness the spirit of EDSA to face the challenges of the times. We are facing it through this job fair),” she said.

Arroyo talked with several jobseekers, four of whom were hired as crew members of Dunkin Donuts in Dubai, while one was hired as a construction worker in Kuwait.

Since late 2008, Arroyo said 5,500 overseas Filipino workers have been laid off, and the number has not increased.

The President said the POEA processes 3,000 job applications every day.

Arroyo did not attend the main program at the People Power Monument commemorating the 23rd anniversary of the 1986 uprising that restored democracy in the country and toppled the Marcos dictatorship.

However, she wore a yellow pantsuit during her visit to the POEA. Yellow is the signature color of the icon of People Power, former president Corazon Aquino, who was swept to power in 1986.

Arroyo has been estranged from Mrs Aquino since 2005, when the former leader called for the President’s resignation on allegations of vote fraud.

Arroyo, however, attended the EDSA I anniversary kick-off rites at the Heroes’ Cemetery in Taguig City last Sunday.

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