our economic prosperity and promote the importance of the Philippines.”“The Presidency is ultimately about leadership. Our President has been strong, assertive, and
straightforward in expressing her opinions and advancing the needs of the Philippines while in
Washington,” he stressed.Remonde pointed out that while too many Philippine politicians act as “if we truly are merely
an island nation, isolated, detached and unaware of the world around us, President Arroyo hasa
different vision. “She understands that no person or any nation is an island. We are all
connected and must be. This is a global world and she has the global vision to connect our
nation and lift up our people.”“It is likewise a dangerous world and the
President will continue her assertive style of foreignengagement. From the moment President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo took office, she made
global engagement a pillar of strength for the Philippines,“ he said.Citing the President‟s achievements, Remonde
emphasized that the President, under her watch, has worked to expand markets, increase investors, build new alliances. And when theglobal economic crisis hit, we were better prepared to handle the flood than most every other nation.
“It is also clear f
rom her talks with President Obama that her relentless pursuit of peace inMindanao is paying off. And the United States willl help provide the political, security and
economic support to give peace a real chance in Mindanao,” Remonde said.
PGMA witnesses signing of MOU on Maritime Counter Piracy training and education
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Friday (Saturday in Manila)witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on Cooperation in MaritimeCounter-Piracy Training and Education between the Philippines and the United States.The MOU was signed between Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo on behalf of thePhilippines and American Transportation and Communications Secretary Ray La Hood insimple ceremonies following the courtesy call of La Hood at the Capitol Suite of the WillardIntercontinental Hotel here.Press Secretary Cerge Remonde, in a press briefing, said the MOU on Cooperation signing isvery significant for Filipinos considering that the Philippines is among the biggest seafaringnation in the world and the problem of international piracy especially in the Gulf of Aden withthe Somali pirates has been a very serious cause of concern.
“And the signing of this MOU between the Philippines and the United States is hoped to send
the message to the international pirates that the US is solidly backing the Philippine seafarers
in this case,” he stressed.
Remonde noted that one of the salient features of the MOU on cooperation involves the