Tacloban City -- Eyes and ears of Eastern Visayans will be glued to
the radio and television sets in the afternoon of July 28 as they
eagerly await on the message President Arroyo will give as she
delivers her 2008 State of the Nation Address at the Joint Opening of
All government and private radio and television stations in Region 8
will air and show the much awaited event of the year where the
President reviews her administration's performance vis-à-vis her SONA
the year before, and then voices her aspirations for the country for
the coming year.
A proof of how important the President's SONA is to the Eastern
Visayans, three members of the Eastern Visayas media have applied for
accreditation so that they could cover the proceedings right at the
Session Hall of the House of Representatives at the Batasan Complex.
The three local media people will report live through the Radio DYDW
in Tacloban starting at 1:00 o'clock in the afternoon. The coverage
will be anchored by Regine Olimberio, station manager Fred Balbuena
and PIA Director Olive Tiu. They will be joined by guests who will
help them discuss the President's SONA.
To disabuse those who are already betting as to what color the gown of
the President will be, the Office of the Press Secretary has already
announced that the President is expected to arrive at 3:30 in the
afternoon at the Batasan Complex, garbed in a reddish-pink Filipiniana
attire of native silk from Misamis Oriental in Mindanao and pineapple
fiber from Aklan in the Visayas.
The President who will be accompanied by the First Gentleman, Atty.
Jose Miguel Arroyo, will troop the line with the Armed Forces Chief of
Staff and the sergeants-at-arms of the two Houses of Congress.
Senate President Manuel Villar and House Speaker Prospero Nograles
will receive the President.
By 4:00 o'clock in the afternoon, the second joint regular session of
the 14th Congress shall be opened, with the President's SONA as its
The President's SONA which was reported to be initially 10 pages long,
is expected to focus on disaster management as with the recent
tragedies that beset the country, the President wants to ensure that a
repeat of such incident in the future could be prevented through
intensified disaster preparedness programs and updated rescue and
relief operations guidelines.
The speech is reported to discuss the government's social welfare
program in response to the current global crisis stemming from the
rising prices of oil and food.
The Eastern Visayans will surely listen intently and watch closely the
President as she delivers her State of the Nation Address. More than
commenting on the President's gown, the Eastern Visayans will surely
await for any mention of projects or places or people in the Region,
by the President.
After the President's SONA, the coverage will continue in order to get
the reactions of government officials and private individuals who are
at the Session Hall. (PIA 8)