Statement of Undersecretary Manuel L. Quezon III
On the week of April 18-22, 2016
[Released on April 23, 2016]
In his speeches, President Aquino often expresses his administration’s main goal: to leave the country in a far better state compared to before. Today, whether in the capital or in the provinces, we can see the fruits of six years’ worth of reform under Daang Matuwid.
This week, the President traveled to various parts of the country to inspect projects that will bring direct benefits to our citizens. In Leyte, he led the inauguration of the Baybay City Diversion Road, which will not only lessen traffic in Baybay proper but also shorten travel time between Maasin City and the cities of Tacloban and Ormoc. In Negros Occidental, the President inaugurated the Carlos Sun Power Inc. (SacaSun) Solar Power Plant. Apart from providing the Visayas grid with an additional 59 megawatts of capacity, this solar plant will also help cut our carbon dioxide emissions by 72,000 metric tons each year.
On Wednesday, President Aquino led the groundbreaking of the MRT7 project in Quezon City. Worth P69.3 billion, the project includes the extension of a 23-kilometer MRT system line; the construction of an Intermodal Transport Terminal (ITT) in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan; as well as the creation of a six-lane, 22-kilometer highway from the ITT to the NLEX Bocaue interchange. Upon completion, the project is expected to shorten a commuter’s journey from San Jose del Monte to Makati from over three hours to just one hour.
In Batangas as well, the President inaugurated another infrastructure project, the Lipa-Alaminos Road. Stretching 17 kilometers, this road forms part of the total 18,500 kilometers paved under this administration. During his meeting with local leaders and the community, the President spoke about other gains. For example: From 0 in 2010, the number of 4Ps beneficiaries in Batangas has grown to 86,999 households—part of the 4.6 million households targeted this year. In line with his promise to listen to our nation’s multitude of voices, the President also met with local communities in Samar, Cebu, and Rizal.
Also this week, President Aquino graced the commencement exercises of Manuel L. Quezon University and presided over the retirement ceremony of outgoing AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Hernando Iriberri. In his speech, the President praised Gen. Iriberri’s many achievements, including the capture of several high-value targets and the implementation of the AFP Transformation Roadmap 2013-2028. He also welcomed Lt. Gen. Glorioso Miranda as the new Acting Chief of Staff.
All these achievements serve as yet more testaments of how Daang Matuwid has helped transform the country. The question before us now: Do we want to continue on this upward trajectory, or do we prefer to plunge our country toward an uncertain future? We trust that, in choosing our next leaders, our citizens will see beyond slogans and vote for those with a sincere passion for service, those who have the necessary vision to realize our full potential as a people. Truly, as the President said: “Ang limitasyon na lang ay ang ambisyon natin.”