IBA, Zambales – President Benigno S. Aquino III on Tuesday called on the electorate to exercise their power to vote to put in position new leaders who could give Filipinos more opportunities to better their lives.
“Pakiusap ko lang ho, gamitin natin ang karapatan… ‘yung kapangyarihan para talaga naman pong pagtulungan natin lalong isagad ang oportunidad sa bawat Pilipino,” the President said in his speech before local leaders and the community here.
Reporting on what his administration has done for Zambales, he noted that the province was only given a budget of Php 2.19 billion for infrastructure from 2005 to 2010.
“Tayo naman po mula 2011 hanggang 2016, ang inilagay nating infrastructure – sa highways pa lang ho, highways, bridges, roads – Php 6.05 billion. Maliwanag pong napakalayo,” he said.
“Kasama po diyan, nakumpleto na po na ang Gapan-San Fernando-Olongapo Road Project Phase 2. Matatapos na po ang Olongapo-Bugallon Road at ang Dampay-Salaza Access Road.”
The President further said that to support farmers, the government had allocated from 2011 to 2016 some Php 230 million for farm-to-market roads, and Php 362.95 million for irrigation systems.
“Mula 2011 hanggang 2015, nagpagawa tayo ng production and post-harvest facilities na nagkakahalaga ng Php 57 million. Nasa Php 22.83 million naman ang inilaan natin sa pagpapaunlad ng inyong Subic fish port, na target po nating matapos ngayong Oktubre,” he said.
“Sa ating National Greening Program, ang pagbabalik ng ating mga kagubatan… 7.19 milyong binhi na ang naitanim sa halos 12,000 ektarya sa Zambales. Isipin mo kapag tumubo na po itong mga punong ito…, talagang isipin niyo ang Zambales na marami na naman pong kagubatan. Sa buong bansa po, ang target ng ating National Greening Program, 1.5 bilyon na binhi ang maitanim sa 1.5 milyong ektarya. Sa kasalukuyan po, ang nalikha na nito ay 3.18 milyong trabaho,” he added.
The Chief Executive also mentioned the 9,631 people in Zambales who have graduated from TESDA’s Training for Work Scholarship Program from 2010 to 2015.
“Sa Zambales ho, sa larangan naman ng kuryente, ang sabi po ng NEA sa atin – National Electrification Administration – itinala noong 2011, 87 sitios ninyo walang kuryente. Nitong Marso po natapos na 100 percent, energized na po lahat ng nailista noong 2011,” he said.
All these, he said, are just some of the gains enjoyed by the country in the past six years, under his government’s Daang Matuwid advocacy.
As election draws near, many promises are being bandied around, he said, urging voters to scrutinize each candidate’s platform.
President Aquino enjoined the electorate to vote for the Liberal Party’s candidates when they go to the polls in May, as they would continue the government’s reform program.
“Anim na taon natin ginawa, anong pagbabago ang nangyari sa Pilipinas? Kung may nangyari e sabihin natin siguro – Ituloy ang Daang Matuwid,” he said.