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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
07MANILA35 2007-01-05 06:04 2011-08-30 01:44 UNCLASSIFIED Embassy Manila
VZCZCXYZ0001
OO RUEHWEB

DE RUEHML #0035 0050604
ZNR UUUUU ZZH
O 050604Z JAN 07
FM AMEMBASSY MANILA
TO SECSTATE WASHDC IMMEDIATE 4452
UNCLAS MANILA 000035

SIPDIS

SIPDIS

PASS TO USAID AND PEACE CORPS

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: PGOV PREL ECON EAID RP
SUBJECT: DCM OUTREACH TO ISABELA PROVINCE

REF: 06 MANILA 01259

¶1. DCM Jones utilized a December 20-21 visit to Isabela province in
northern Luzon to highlight long-standing ties with this highly
agricultural area. At the provincial capital of Ilagan, Governor
Grace Padaca, the 2006 Benigno Aquino Fellow for Journalism,
provided a warm welcome and expressed special delight that the DCM’s
sister, a former Peace Corps volunteer in the province, was able to
accompany him and also visit her host family. The Governor
privately highlighted the difficulty of eradicating corruption and
successfully implementing reforms against the opposition of
political dynasties and sometimes the Catholic Church, and despite
continued threats from the communist New People’s Army. She
stressed the importance of encouraging a broad and well developed
civil society as well as fundamental election reforms.

¶2. During the DCM’s stop in the provincial commercial city of
Cauayan, city officials expressed appreciation for an ongoing USAID
project to improve solid waste management in the city through the
Philippine Environmental Governance (EcoGov) Project. They
emphasized their desire to have a portion of Cauayan declared a
special Agro-Industrial Economic Zone in order to modernize and
improve the efficiency of agricultural production in the region as
well as to promote further economic development by companies such as
San Miguel, which already has a bottling facility there.

¶3. The DCM had a thirty-minute interview on a popular regional
music/news radio station, during which he commented on the strength
of the U.S.-Philippine relationship, the ongoing contributions by
Peace Corps Volunteers throughout the country, the importance of
election reform, and benefits for the heirs of Filipino World War II
veterans.

JONES

   

 

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