PRESIDENT MARCOS received yesterday the Vietnam government’s reaffirmation of its aim to restore peace in Southeast Asia and to settle dispute in the region consistent with the principles of co-existence and mutual understanding.
This assurance was contained in a message from Vietnam’s Prime Minister Pham Van Dong handcarried by Vietnamese Foreign Minister Gnuyen Co Thach, who paid a courtesy call on the President at Malacañang yesterday morning.
The Vietnamese premier’s message also reaffirmed his country’s respect for the independence of all countries and its desire to promote cooperation between Vietnam and all other Asian countries.
Noting the great strides made in agricultural research, Foreign Minister Co Thach requested that he be allowed to take home some agricultural seeds such as coconuts and rice.
The President recalled that when Prime Minister Pham Van Dong visited the Philippines, he brought homo tons of high-yielding rice varieties from Los Baños.
* * * * *
PRESIDENT MARCOS has ordered Minister of Public Works Jesus Hipolito to sit down and resolve the financial problems of contractors involved in pipe-laying work for the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).
The contractors had asked for payment of over P163 million withheld by the MWSS and an average cost adjustment of 27.9 per cent on their contracts, threatening to stop work if the adjustment would not be granted.
They pointed out that the MWSS had earlier given the Construction and Development Corp. of the Philippines (CDCP) a 100 per cent cost adjustment. The CDCP is among other pipe-laying contractors.
The PCC1 and the Employers Confederation of the Philippines had told the President that if the P3.5-billion waterworks expansion project was delayed, it would hurt the economy.
* * * * *
PRESIDENT MARCOS inaugurated the Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel, while the First Lady Imelda R. Marcos cut the ceremonial ribbon, assisted by Shanghai Mayor Wang Dao-han.
Tourism officials led by Tourism Minister Jose D. Aspiras and members of the travel industry in Manila flew there on a chartered Aero-Fihpinas 707 jet to join the President.
Shanghai Mayor Wang Dao-han flew there on board a special PAL jet with his party. He was accompanied by Metro Manila Vice Gov. Ismaet Mathay, Jr.
The President motored to barrio Calayab, about nine kilometers from the Laoag City center where he opened the Fort Ilocandia Resort Hotel. A reception followed at the huge ballroom with more than 1,000 guests.
* * * * *
PRESIDENT MARCOS inaugurated the first barangay forest park in barangay La Paz, Laoag City. The tree park consists of 45 hectares of agojo trees planted on sand dunes, the first successful reforestration in a sandy area.
The tree park was started in 1979 by the Bureau of Forest Development, in line with Letter of Instructions 1330 which require a forest park in every barangay in the country.
The tree park, which has been turned over to barangay La Paz for maintenance, was visited by the President after the inauguration of the Laoag International Airport.
From the Laoag airport, the President visited other developmental projects there, namely the tilapia and carp breeding farms in Billoca, Batac; the floating fish pens project of the MNRBF-Mariano Marcos State University in Billoca, Batac, and Paoay Lake.
The President was accompanied by Natural Resources Minister Teodoro Peña, Farms Systems Development Corp. Administrator Teddy Rey, and Brig. Gen. (ret.) Pedro Dumol, head of the newly created Water Conservation and Development Administration.
* * * * *
PRESIDENT MARCOS called on the nation today to unite behind the national struggle for economic freedom to liberate our people from poverty and want.
The President proclaimed June 12, 1983 as economic independence day for the Filipino people in a speech marking the anniversary of the declaration of Philippine Independence.
He asked every man and woman to address their talents, time, and labors to the task of nation-building even as he scored factionalism which divides the people.
At the same time, the President said factionalism seems to start with some intellectuals who have the tendency to be misled by foreign ideology and who seem to have no respect for the Filipino culture the Filipino individual, and the Filipino tradition.
Earlier the President, assisted by the First Lady and Ilocos Norte Gov. Ferdinand Marcos, Jr., raised the Philippine flag at the Rizal park fronting the Ilocos Norte provincial capitol.
* * * * *
PRESIDENT MARCOS presided a caucus of the Kilusang Bagong Lipunan to review the report on the military bases agreement.
At the same time, the caucus is expected to take up the party platform for next year’s elections for the regular national assembly.
Earlier, the President, said regional KBL chairman elected the candidates in their bailiwicks.
In Metro Manila, the mayors were asked to conduct a survey among barangay officials to find out their choices. The survey results were soon submitted to the KBL leadership.
The President said that in the Wednesday caucus, the leaders look into issues such as the limitation on campaign contributions and expenditures of candidates.
* * * * *
Office of the President of the Philippines. (1983). Official Week in Review. Official Gazette of the Republic of the Philippines, 79(32), clxxxv-clxxxvii.