Administration bet Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd sees the year 2015 as a fruitful one despite his poor survey numbers in the same year.
Roxas listed at least eight accomplishments this year in his tenure as the secretary of Department of Interior and Local Government: delivery of 469 firetrucks; Oplan Lambat-Sibat; distribution of 1,470 patrol jeeps; Oplan Listo and disaster rehabilitation efforts; One Safe Future program; Bottom- Up Budgeting; Salintubig; and the papal visit in January that went crime-free.
The 469 fire trucks were purchased to ensure that every locality in the country will be equipped to respond to calamities.
Of this number, 197 fire trucks have been distributed, including corresponding uniforms and equipment for firefighters.
The Oplan Lambat Sibat, brought down crime incidents by 60 percent in the National Capital Region (Metro Manila).
In addition, 716 high-profile criminals on the most-wanted watch list of the police are already in custody.
“As the fruitful year of 2015 comes to a close, the standard-bearer of daang matuwid [straight path]wishes to extend his gratitude to the Filipino people for supporting and strengthening the programs and projects that led to the beginning of a more developed and progressive Philippines,” the administration standard-bearer in next year’s elections said in a statement.
Ninety-four (94) percent of the provinces across the country have received their share of the patrol jeeps.
Roxas cited his work in developing Oplan Listo, which mandates immediate government response in regions severely affected by calamities.
According to him, at least 20,003 informal settler families have been relocated thru the One Safe Future program, while the Bottom-up Budgeting Program–where local government units are given the power to determine the projects that are needed for their localities—resulted in 14,453 projects chosen by the people, including construction of roads, repair of power lines and power grids and establishment of infrastructure concentrated on health and education.
There have been 237 communities or over 140,000 households that used to have no access to adequate supply of clean water who are now benefiting from the Salintubig program.
The survey numbers of Roxas seemed not as impressive as his achievements as Interior chief.
In the Pulse Asia survey on presidential candidates released before Christmas, he remained in fourth place with 17 percent—still behind Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte with 33 percent, Vice President Jejomar Binay with 23 percent and Sen. Grace Poe with 21 percent.
The surveys, however, are not deterring Roxas, who was endorsed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd.
“We have seen that surveys are fluid. Last month, it was Grace [who was at the top]. Last week, it was Duterte. Now, it’s Binay. Who knows? Maybe next time, it’s our turn [to be on top],” Roxas said then.
“I have always said that the most important survey results will be in May, on Election Day. What is important is we don’t have a tainted record, we have a platform of governance and I know where to take the country. The evidence of good governance is there and we will continue that,” he added.