Filipinos, especially the 26 million living in poverty, will immediately know how it feels to have a caring government that is sensitive to the needs of the people, Sen Grace Poe said Saturday.
Poe said that she is ready physically, intellectually and emotionally to serve the people.
“The presidential race is close but I can look you in the eye and say that I will give priority to the needs of the poor and you will immediately feel the concern of a caring government,” the senator told at least 55,000 people who attended her campaign rally in Camarines Sur.
Poe, 47, is the youngest among the five presidential aspirants.
“Ako ay may enerhiya na ipagpatuloy at gawin ang mga proyekto sa lalong madaling panahon. Sisiguraduhin ko na ‘pag ako’y naglingkod sa inyo, ako’y mananatiling tapat, hindi ko kayo nanakawan dahil hindi ako magnanakaw (I have the energy to implement projects at the soonest possible time. I assure you that I will be true to my vow. I will not steal, I am not a thief,” she said.
Poe said her priority, if she wins, is to lift people out of poverty by creating more than one million jobs a year. This can be done by improving the over-all business climate to encourage more investments, aggressively rolling out infrastructure projects and strengthening the tourism industry to generate more livelihood opportunities.
She vowed to implement projects in Camarines Sur and help the province lure more tourists.
Poe also pledged to provide free lunches to public school students.
She also vowed to implement the UNiFAST law that will give indigent students grants so they can study in private colleges and universities.
“Dapat anak ka man ng mayaman o mahirap, puwede kang makapagtapos ng college. Kaya sa isang panguluhan ni Grace Poe, sisiguraduhin ko na ang anak ng mahihirap ay puwede nang mag-aral ng libre sa mga state universities at colleges (Whether you come from a rich or poor family, you can finish college. Under a Grace Poe presidency, I will make sure that poor children will be able to study for free in state universities and colleges),” Poe said.
She said she will push for the establishment of a University of the Philippines campus in Bicol that will focus on agriculture and tourism.
“Ako ay tinulungan ng mga Bicolano. Ako ay minahal ng mga Bicolano, at ako ay tinanggap ng mga Bicolano ‘nung ako ay tumakbo bilang senador rin ‘nung 2013. Kaya makakaasa kayo na ibabalik ko sa inyo ang pagmamahal na ‘yan, ang pagtulong na ‘yan, ang pagbigay ng mas maraming oportunidad ‘pag ako ay naging pangulo ng anim na taon [Bicolanos helped and accepted me when I ran for senator in 2013. So you can be sure that I will return that love, that help by giving you more opportunities if I become president],” Poe said.