Statement of Undersecretary Manuel L. Quezon III
On the week of April 11-15, 2016
[Released on April 16, 2016]
The President’s responsibilities stretch across various areas of governance. His schedule this week once again shows his commitment to inclusive growth, with development in both urban and rural areas remaining a top priority.
On Monday, President Aquino undertook a visit to his hometown of Tarlac. He led the groundbreaking ceremony of Clark Green City, a 9,450-hectare economic zone envisioned as the country’s first smart, green, and disaster-resilient city. Afterward, he inspected the long-awaited Tagumbao Bridge and witnessed the turnover of a two-story, six-classroom building for the Corazon C. Aquino High School. In his speeches, the President highlighted the government’s recent investments in Tarlac—including P13.61 billion worth of infrastructure.
The President also made trips to Zamboanga, Misamis Oriental, and Bulacan. In Zamboanga City, he visited soldiers who had been wounded during last Saturday’s clash with the Abu Sayyaf Group in Basilan and paid his respects at the wake of Corporal Rodelio Bangcairin. Later that afternoon, the President met with the bereaved families to answer questions and extend support from the government. In Misamis Oriental, he led the switch-on ceremony for the electrification of 32,688 sitios nationwide.
Yesterday, President Aquino led the groundbreaking of two major projects: the Bulacan Bulk Water Supply Project and Bustos Dam Rehabilitation Project. Also this week, he received a courtesy call from U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter and led the conferment of the 2009 and 2014 Order of National Artists Award. The President also gave a speech during PEZA’s 21st anniversary celebration and Investors’ Recognition Night, in which he congratulated the agency for its stunning performance. As of December 2015, roughly P1.594 trillion in total PEZA-approved investments have been recorded under the Aquino administration.
Yesterday we commemorated the 68th death anniversary of former President Manuel Roxas. On this occasion, and in preparation for his 125th birth anniversary next year, we have prepared a special page on the Presidential Museum and Library website. Apart from a comprehensive biography, photos, and videos, the page also features briefers on the Third Philippine Republic as well as a digital copy of our recently published Electoral Almanac.
President Aquino’s visits around the country demonstrate an essential quality of leadership—that it is not about the concentration of power in one person, but about listening to a multitude of voices. In choosing our future leaders, we must reflect on their platform and principles, as well as what we risk losing if we deviate from the Straight Path. As the President said during Thursday’s Gathering of Friends, “…manigurado tayo na yung nangyayari ngayon, totohanang umpisa pa lang, at magkakatotoo yung sinasabi nating ‘You ain’t seen nothing yet.’”