Aquino asks Cebuanos to support admin candidates for continuous reforms

February 20, 2013 10:46 pm 

TALISAY CITY, Feb. 20 — President Benigno S. Aquino III asked Cebuanos Tuesday night to support the coalition candidates this coming May elections so that the reforms he initiated in government could continue.

In his speech during his visit here, the President said the country has been reaping the fruits of the ongoing bureaucratic reforms and the government’s anti-graft fight.

“Binigyan ninyo ako ng mandato para mamuno, para dalhin tayo sa tuwid na daan. Sa darating pong halalan, may pagkakataon tayong pabilisin pa ang pagkamit sa minimithi nating tunay na kasaganaan,” the President told the Cebuanos.

“Mapapadali po ang trabaho nating itulak sa pag-asenso ang sambayanan kung pipiliin natin ang mga pinunong umaasam ng pagbabago at tatalikuran ang mali at lumang katiwalian. Pagkatiwalaan po sana natin ang mga pinunong magtutuloy ng ating reporma at hindi tayo ibabalik sa dating sistema,” he added.

With the support of the people, the President said his administration has succeeded in setting the momentum for a clean, trustworthy and transparent government. He said major reforms have been carried out in education, public works, healthcare, electrification and many others.

For instance, under the government’s Sitio Electrification Program, it was able to energized 6,898 sitios in the country from 2011 to November 2012, the Chief Executive said adding that in Cebu alone, the government provided power to more than 507 sitios recently.

In the education sector, the Department of Education targets to completely fill this year the 66,800 classroom backlogs to give young students quality education.

Also under the Aquino administration’s “straight path”, corruption has been effectively curtailed in the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), enabling the department to save around P12 billion since the administration took office in 2010.

The President noted that the government will continue to intensify its social services to the people especially for the poor.

In December 2012, the President also said that the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program has registered more than three million beneficiaries. And this year, the government targets to add 700,000 to have 3.8 million households under the government coverage, he added.

In closing, the President underscored the need for Cebuanos to support the coalition candidates, from senatorial line ups to local candidates to ensure that reforms will continue.

The President pointed out that the May polls must set the tone for the country to have good leaders when he steps down from power in 2016.

Joining the President during his Cebu visit on Tuesday were Transportation and Communication Joseph Emilio Abaya, Sen. Franklin Drilon, coalition senatorial candidates and their representatives. Local leaders and Cebu local candidates were also present. (PNA)



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