Statement of Undersecretary Manuel L. Quezon III
On the week of April 4-8, 2016
[Released on April 9, 2016]
In treading the Straight Path, the Aquino administration continually funds and implements projects for the betterment of the Filipino people.
On Monday, the President led the ceremonial turnover of 135 fire trucks and 144 patrol jeeps recently acquired by the DILG. Currently, all our cities already have at least one fire truck; upon the delivery of these additional assets, all police stations in every city and municipality will now also have at least one patrol jeep.
The next day, the President traveled to Zambales. While there, he graced the groundbreaking ceremony of the President Ramon Magsaysay Memorial Hospital’s new Outpatient Department; attended the launch of the Dengue Vaccine School-Based Immunization Program in Region III; and led the ceremonial distribution of the Tamang Serbisyo para sa Kalusugan ng Pamilya (TSeKaP) equipment package—which contains thermometers, stethoscopes, and nebulizers, among others. During his meeting with local leaders and the community, President Aquino spoke about the government’s other investments in Zambales and posed this question: Do we want continuity or uncertainty?
The President echoed this question on Friday, during his visit to Makati. He cited examples of improved government services to the city, including better infrastructure and expanded PhilHealth and CCT programs. From only P786.39 million from 2005 to 2010, the infrastructure budget for Makati rose to P3.19 billion between 2011 and 2016. PhilHealth membership in the city increased to 713,133, while CCT beneficiaries swelled to 4,229 households—from zero under the previous administration. As the President said, it is the Filipino people who made this change possible, and once again it is their vote that will determine our future.
Also this week, the President conferred the Order of Lakandula with rank of Grand Cross (Bayani) on Luen Thai Philippines CEO Willy Tan; received a courtesy call from Madrid Fusión participants; and welcomed His Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco, for an official visit. Speaking on the friendship between our nations, President Aquino expressed our people’s appreciation for the aid sent by Monaco after Typhoon Yolanda. A Framework Agreement for Cooperation was signed between our countries, laying down the foundation for more economic, environmental, and humanitarian partnerships.
Today, in commemoration of the Fall of Bataan, we remember the valor of Filipino and American soldiers who resisted the Imperial Japanese forces during the Second World War. April 9, 1942—the date of their formal surrender—is now known as Araw ng Kagitingan. To learn more about this event and our country’s involvement in the war, the public may visit a special page on the Official Gazette. Apart from essays, maps, and other archival material, the page also contains an overview of this historic day as well as excerpts from the memoirs of Philippine veterans who fought during the Second World War.