Friday, March 4, 2016

May presidential election a referendum for ‘Daang Matuwid’, says President Aquino

From the Website of the President

May presidential election a referendum for ‘Daang Matuwid’, says President Aquino
This year’s presidential election will be a referendum for the government’s Daang Matuwid initiative, President Benigno S. Aquino III said here Wednesday as he urged Boholanos to vote for the administration’s candidates so reforms could continue.

In his message during a meeting with local leaders here, the President recalled the devastation suffered by Bohol when a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the province in 2013.

President Aquino noted that when he visited Bohol that time, he was worried about how to rebuild the province — from restoring power to providing assistance to evacuees to reconstructing damaged structures.
He however said that with the help of Bohol’s leaders and communities, the province was able to rebuild.
The government’s pro-poor programs have also begun to benefit more Boholanos, the President said, underscoring the importance of expanding the government’s Conditional Cash Transfer program.
In Bohol, some 531 households had enrolled under the program during its initial implementation, but the figure has increased to 59,222 households.

“At alam naman po ninyo ang resulta ng Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino doon sa unang — iyong pagre-revalidate ng ating data, meron na pong 7.7 milyong kabahayan lumagpas na po sa tinatawag nating poverty line, naiangat na natin doon sa kahirapan,” he said.

President Aquino further said that the government has also widened PhilHealth’s coverage in the province, with 1.2 million Boholanos currently covered by the health insurance program.

They are now part of 93 million Filipinos across the country enjoying the benefits of PhilHealth, he added.
In the energy sector, he said, Bohol is 100 percent energized under the sitio electrification program.
Some 97 percent of Central Visayas have power supply, the Chief Executive said.

“Pangako po, bago matapos itong buwan na ito, lahat ng utang sa Central Visayas ay magagawa na, 32,000 mahigit pong sitio iyan,” he said.

On the upcoming elections, the President enjoined the Boholanos to look to the administration’s candidates for the continuance of the government’s reform program.

“Ngayon ho, para sa akin, sa darating na halalan, ika-siyam ng Mayo, simpleng-simple lang ho, kumbaga referendum. Tama ba ang nangyari sa Daang Matuwid o mali? Iyon ho ang tatanungin,” he said.

He urged the people to scrutinize candidates who promise everything just to win votes, emphasizing that fulfilling such promises is another thing.

Prior to meeting local Bohol officials, the President led the capsule-laying ceremony in Panglao for the new Panglao International airport.

He also attended the switch-on ceremony for the government’s electrification program in Central Visayas that provides power to more than 2,000 sitios in the region.

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