ILOILO CITY: A senator has encouraged all Filipinos to keep on trusting God, the government and themselves in order to pursue the dream of a progressive and a peaceful country.
Leading the June 12 flag-raising ceremony at the Emilio Aguinaldo Shrine in Kawit, Cavite to commemorate the 115th anniversary of Philippine Independence, Sen. Franklin Drilon said that the result of the May 13, 2013 midterm elections was a reflection of Filipino’s unwavering desire to achieve good governance through genuine and meaningful reforms.
Drilon is being bannered as the next Senate President to replace Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile when Congress opens next month. Born in this city, Drilon is proud of his Ilonggo heritage and the public elementary school in Baluarte, Molo where he first studied.
Drilon is instrumental in helping the massive turn-around of this southern city into one of the most vibrant, livable and growing metropolis in the country. Partnering with dynamic city Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog and city lone district Rep. Jerry Treñas, Drilon is pointing to President Benigno Aquino 3rd as the main architect in Iloilo development.
The senator lauded the unprecedented 7.8 percent first quarter growth rate making Philippine economy the fastest growing in Asia. Citing the conditional cash transfer program with a budget of over P40 billion in 2013, he said the government was able to assist 3.9 million poorest families who are given a monthly stipend of P1,400 a month.
Drilon also said the govern-ment’s enhanced PhilHealth insurance program now benefits more than five million families who cannot afford to seek even basic medical care. The government is also constructing more than 60,000 classrooms to finally address the backlogs.
However, the senator said that these programs would be more meaningful if the people in the grassroots level, the men and women on the street, would feel a remarkable improvement in their lives. He said the best way to honor the legacy and heroism of the forefathers is by contributing substantially to nation building.
Lydia C. Pendon