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Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo stressed on Thursday her nation’s efforts to improve competitiveness in the global market and to alleviate investors’ worries over safety.

“I have come here to tell Japanese businessmen that the Philippines does not stop seeking to improve its competitiveness in terms of the costs and the quality of production in the Philippines,” Arroyo told a group of reporters during her first trip to Japan since becoming president in January.

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