MANILA, Philippines–President Macapagal-Arroyo on Thursday urged departments and agencies to “to tighten their belts” to allow the government to create jobs and continue subsidies for the poor.
Arroyo said the government should provide incentives to help the private sector generate jobs, and rescue the poor by providing them subsidies on food, fuel and rice.
”How do we fund all these? The answer is: cut government waste. In challenging economic times, the government must tighten and live within its means just like the average Filipino household,” she said at the commencement exercises of the 2009 graduates of the Philippine National Police Academy in Silang, Cavite.
Ms Arroyo had earlier ordered departments and agencies to set aside 1.5 percent of their maintenance overhead and operating expenses, and save up to P7 billion.–TJ Burgonio, Philippine Daily Inquirer