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President Aquino: Filipinos must choose right leader for reforms to continue

MALOLOS CITY, Philippines – The current reform agenda has achieved a lot and the people must choose the right leader in the next election for all the development initiatives to continue, President Aquino said in Tuesday.
In a speech in Malolos City, the President said that while there’s so much time and development lost in the previous administration, the important thing is that the current government is on track and all the developments just need to be continued.
“Ngayon po, sa loob halos ng anim na taon nating pagbagtas sa Daang Matuwid, malinaw na at ang layo na ng ating nararating. Marami sa ating mga nakamit, makasaysayan,” he said in a speech in Malolos City.
For instance, he said that from 2010 to 2015, the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) grew by 6.2 percent— the fastest six-year economic growth of the country in almost four decades.
The government was able to modernize the military acquiring Weather High Endurance Cutters, Armored Personal Carriers, lead-in fighter jets and other equipment.
For social welfare and protection, the administration continues to carry out the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and a wider PhilHealth. The President reported that the government was able to expand 4Ps coverage by 4.4 million families as of today.
For the province of Bulacan, the President said the province was able to double its income. From P5.23 billion in 2009, the collection of the Provincial Government and the BIR reached P12.82 billion in 2014.
The government allocation for the construction of roads, bridges, flood control, seaports and airports also increased by four times the President said. He said that from P5.01 billion in 2005 to 2010, it reached 19.04 billion from 2011 to 2016.
There are also 234 farm-to-market roads completed in Bulacan totaling 70 kilometers. These projects benefit 5,000 Bulacan farmers, he said.
For flood control and management, the government also completed the Angat Water Utilization and Aqueduct Improvement Project – Phase II in July 2012.
The construction of the Angat Dam and Dike Strengthening Project will soon start after it was approved last July, he added.
“Ang Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project naman, napirmahan na nitong Enero, at pagdating ng Abril, groundbreaking na po ‘yan,” he said.
“Ilan lang po yan sa mga nakamit na natin sa Daang Matuwid. Pero nakita naman ninyo: Yung mga dating akala nating imposibleng magawa, nagagawa na natin ngayon. Lalong lumilinaw: Sa mabuting pamamahala, nasasagad ang potensyal ng Pilipino at ng Pilipinas.”
The president advised the people of Bulacan to choose administration candidates for these programs to continue.

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.