Northern Samar mentioned in President SONA

The province of Northern Samar, particularly the municipalities of Laoang, Lapinig, San Isidro and Lope de Vega were mentioned in the first part of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's annual "State of the Nation Address." The "SONA" is a President's annual reports, plans and aspirations for the Philippines, and an address to the nation, made in the House of Representatives' Batasang Pambansa Complex Session Hall with the two chambers of the Legislature, the Upper House or the Senate and the Lower House or the House of Representatives convening as one.

The President mentioned Northern Samar in the context of the importance of the 12% VAT that helps the pro-poor projects she has lined up, including the " the infrastructure links programmed for the our poorest provinces like Northern Samar: Laoang-Lapinig-Arteche ( Eastern Samar); right now ay maputik, San Isidro-Lope de Vega; the rehabilitation of Maharlika in Samar."

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