BATANGAS City: Outgoing Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos-Recto appealed to her provincemates here for the election of Liberal Party standard bearers Manuel Roxas 2nd and running mate Leni Robredo for the continuity of government programs, especially the enactment of the Conditional Cash Transfer (CCT) law for the poor.
Santos-Recto, wife of Senator Ralph Recto, was referring to the government’s flagship anti-poverty strategy locally known as Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), which grants at least P1,400 to each of the poorest of the poor households provided that they comply with conditions promoting human development goals, namely having their children attend school 85 percent of the time, pregnant mothers having checkups at state-run health units, deworming sessions for children and attending family development sessions, among others.
“Ang tagumpay po ng isa, tagumpay ng lahat. Isa lang po ang aking hinihiling, na sana po magtuloy-tuloy na ang programa ng gobyerno na marami ang nakikinabang, lalo na po ang 4Ps. Continuity po sana, kasi kapag naiiba po ang admnistrasyon, naiiba na rin po ang prayoridad, napuputol po, balik na naman sa umpisa [the success of one will be the success of all. I only have one wish: that the government programs be continued, especially the 4Ps. I ask for continuity, because if there is a change in administration, the priorities change, programs are discontinued, and we go back to the zero]” Santos-Recto, who is running for Batangas Representative, said.
Batangas has 1.53 million registered voters, according to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
Likewise, Santos-Recto paid tribute to her husband, reelectionist Senator Recto, as well as her provincemates, who helped her steer Lipa City and Batangas province to progress for the past 18 years.