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Arroyo urges volunteerism vs financial crisis

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 14:21:00 03/24/2009

STO. TOMAS, Pangasinan – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo drew inspiration from the late United States president John F. Kennedy and called for a “new age of volunteerism” to face the global economic crisis.

Arroyo borrowed a line from one of Kennedy’s famous speeches when asked by a Pangasinan-based radio journalist how people from the province could help government.

“Like what Kennedy said, ‘Ask not always what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country’,” Arroyo said in an interview here before she presided over a Cabinet meeting.

“Ito ang panahon para magsama-sama lahat, at saka, itukoy natin ang ating atensiyon sa pamilya at sa community at dapat magsimula tayo ng bagong panahon ng volunteerism [Now is the time for everyone to come together, focus our attention on family and the community, and begin a new age of volunteerism],” she said.

Arroyo said it was also her birthday wish for Filipinos to “pull together” so that the recession that has gripped two-thirds of the world would not reach the Philippines and the country attain “first world” status in 20 years.

She said government should work with church and civic groups to encourage volunteerism.

Arroyo said people could help recycle garbage, plant trees, set up “food banks” wherein spare food from restaurants will be set aside for the poor, and teach the elderly how to read and write, among others.

“Our country, it needs all of us pulling in the same direction so we should volunteer our time, our skill, our resources, that is a noble undertaking that we should all take seriously,” she said.

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