Vice President Jejomar Binay on Saturday paid tribute to women as he acknowledged their help in strengthening the economy.
Binay noted that more than 60 percent of the country’s gross domestic product is attributed to the informal sector, which includes small to medium-scale industries.
One-third of these are owned or headed by women, he said, quoting data from the Philippine Institute of Development Studies.
“Hindi matatawaran ang inyong ambag sa ating ekonomiya… Dahil napakahalaga ng inyong ginagampanan sa pangunahing haligi ng ating ekonomiya, nararapat lamang na palakasin ang inyong sektor. Bigyan pa ng higit na ayuda mula sa ating pamahalaan (Your contribution to economic growth is laudable. Because you play such a vital role, your sector should be strengthened. The government should give you further assistance),” he said.
Binay, the standard bearer of the United Nationalists Alliance (UNA), delivered his speech at the 31st anniversary celebration of Kababaihan ng Maynila, (Women of Manila). His vice presidential candidate, Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan, also attended the event, along with Rep. Lito Atienza and his son, Ali.
Binay said that if elected as president, he would continue improving the coverage of the conditional cash transfer (CCT) program.
“Pangako ko sa inyo na ipagpapatuloy ko ang CCT at dadagdagan ng benepisyo, lalo na sa pagdagdag sa health care, at aalisin sa listahan ang mga hindi dapat kasama dahil lang kamag-anak at kasamahan sa pulitika (I promise you I will continue supporting the CCT and even add more benefits, especially in health care. We will purge from the list those beneficiaries who were included just because they are relatives or close friends to those in power),” he said.
“Titiyakin namin na ang tunay na kapos-palad ang mabibigyan ng benepisyo, kasama na rin dito ang mga senior citizen (We will ensure that only the poor needing assistance will be covered by the program),” he added.
He also proposed to allocate more funds for state colleges and universities (SCUs) and provide incentives to cities and municipalities to build local community colleges.
“Sa tingin ko, magkaugnay ang edukasyon at trabaho. Papalawakin natin ang state scholarship program. Ang private sector dapat mag-invest sa scholarship programs na may kinalaman sa kanilang negosyo at kompanya (I believe that education and employment are tied. We will widen the coverage of the government’s scholarship program. The private sector should invest in scholarship programs that have to do with their businesses),” Binay said.