Daang Matuwid standard bearer Mar Roxas drew applause for his transparency and brand of leadership during the Caucus of Development NGO Networks (CODE-NGO) Caucus at the University of San Jose Recoletos, Cebu City last Thursday (November 12).

The students of the university lauded Roxas for being the only presidential aspirant who showed up in what was supposed to be a presidential debate organized by CODE-NGO, Mega Cebu, and the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation.

Roxas directly answered the questions of the students and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) present in the event. Concerns regarding agriculture, sustainable development, peace and order in Mindanao, youth activism, poverty alleviation, education, employment, and economy were raised.

For Roxas, it is most efficient for the next president to employ affirmative action in addressing the problems faced by the country.

This includes putting into action deliberate, programmatic, and sustained mechanisms carefully created and planned to resolve the issues concerning the people.

“Napakahalaga na ‘yung lunas sa isang problema ay hindi maging sanhi ng bagong problema,” Roxas said, addressing the agriculture sector in Cebu.

The representatives of the Muslim community also expressed their gratitude for the Bangsamoro Basic Law, the solution pushed by the administration to bring lasting peace in Mindanao.

“We would like to thank first the PNoy administration for the renewed hope of peace in Mindanao, particularly with the signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro and the Framework of Agreement in the Bangsamoro,” a Muslim woman told Roxas.

In the end, Roxas left everyone with a positive impression of who and what path to choose in the upcoming 2016 polls.

“Nakita naman nila ang aking mga kasagutan, so kung sa kanilang pagpasya ay katanggap-tanggap ang aking mga sagot o plano, ang aking pagpapakilala sa sarili at sa plataporma, ay nagpapasalamat ako at nabigyan ako ng pagkakataon,” Roxas said in an interview.