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Govt program beneficiaries call for the continuation of ‘tuwid na daan”

SAN JUAN, Philippines – Goverrnment program beneficiaries call for the continuation of “tuwid na daan” as reflected in their testimonies and success stories told during an event at Club Filipino in San Juan City, Friday.
Alyana Ternate, Pantawid Pamilya Program beneficiary, now enrolled at the University of the Philippines to pursue her college education id not only gave her testimonies, she also co-hosted the program for Roxas’ special day.
An entrepreneur from Guimaras and a call center agent each told their stories on how they were able to improve their lives with the government’s help.
Different stories, different struggles, but they do have one thing in common. Like everyone gathered in Club Filipino yesterday, they all wanted the “tuwid na daan” governance to continue.
Ternate said she wanted to finish her college education, to get a job, to help her family. She said her wishes will come into reality if what has been started by the current administration will be continued by somebody who has the integrity and the willingness to continue the reforms made by the current administration.
Her wishes was somewhat granted as President Benigno Aquino made an announcement during the event saying that DILG Secretary Mar Roxas is his preferred successor.
Aquino added that he is confident Roxas will continue his reform agenda.
“Doon na tayo sa siguradong itutuloy ang daang matuwid. Ang paniniwala ko po ang taong ito at walang iba kundi si Mar Roxas,” Aquino said.
“Mga Boss, idinudulog ko po sa inyo ngayon: Sa akin pong opinyon, ang nagpakita na ng gilas at ng integridad, ang hinog at handang-handang magpatuloy ng Daang Matuwid: walang iba kundi si Mar Roxas,” he added.
“Siguradong may kakayahan, siguradong walang ibang boss kundi taumbayan, siguradong walang pinagkakautangan ng loob,” he said of Roxas.
“Idiin po natin: Ang sariling pamilyang matagal nang negosyante, kinumbinsi niyang huwag makisali sa inisyatibang sinimulan niya bilang opisyal ng gobyerno. Dito po, at sa marami pang ibang halimbawa, klarong-klaro ang integridad ng isang Mar Roxas,” Aquino said.
“Sa karanasan ko po, alam kong kahit ano ang iatas kay Mar, hindi niya iniiwan hangga’t stable ang sitwasyon,” he added.
The event was attended by members of the ruling Liberal Party, led by Senate President Franklin Drilon and House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Cabinet members and several civil society organizations.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.