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8 MAY 2009
CABINET EXEC WILLING TO GO ON SELF QUARANTINE
AFTER VISIT TO US STATES AFFECTED BY SWINE FLU
SAN FRANCISCO--A member of the Cabinet of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo who led a government team that met with the Filipino community in states affected by the dreaded N1H1 virus is willing to self quarantine himself if necessary upon his return to the Philippines.
Secretary Edgardo Pamintuan, Presidential Adviser on External Affairs, said he and members of his team will self-quarantine themselves if needed to ensure that they have not contracted the virus during their recent 'good news' speaking tour of the United States. Pamintuan and his team left San Francisco on Philippine Airlines flight 105 which is expected to arrive at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport early Saturday morning.
Pamintuan and members of his team, including Undersecretary Danilo Consumido of the Office of External Affairs, held a number of meetings with members of the Filipino community to discuss the positive developments taking place in the Philippines. The team was in New York, Texas and California--states where N1H1 cases have been reported--including the city of San Diego, which is just a few miles from the US border with Mexico, where the N1H1 outbreak was first reported.
Pamintuan said that as soon as health warnings were issued, his team restricted its movements and stayed in their hotel rooms most of the time, venturing out only to meet with members of the Filipino community.
Pamintuan's team also met with Filipinos in New Jersey, Maryland and Illinois to discuss the efforts of the Philippine government to cushion the impact of the global economic crisis and present the various mega-infrastructure projects that are not only changing the Philippine landscape but are also expected to bring more development to the countryside. Pamintuan, who is also the development champion of the Luzon Urban Beltway (LUB), presented some P188-billion worth of infrastructure projects that are now being implemented in the LUB “special region” made up of Metro Manila and the provinces of Central and Southern Luzon.“These projects have not only helped mitigate the impact of the global economic crisis but have also opened up new opportunities for development and investments,” said Pamintuan, who also sits as Chair of the North Rail Corporation.
ELMER G. CATO
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