Daang Matuwid Standard Bearer Mar Roxas promised that ordinary people need not go to Malacañang for help but they can expect Malacanang to go where they are to serve them.
In his native “Inilonggo” Bisaya dialect, Roxas said that “Pinaagi sa inyong tabang kung ako’y mu daog sa pagkapresidente, dili na kinahanglan na kamo’y mo adto sa Malacañang. Ang Malacañang mu ay mu abot ninyo dinhi sa Bogo [Through your support, ‘pag ako naging presidente, hindi na kayo ang pupunta sa Malacañang. Malacañang na ang pupunta sa inyo sa Bogo],” Roxas told the Cebuanos during the inauguration of rehabilitation projects in Bogo City, Cebu on Friday (November 13).
“Iyan po ang ating panata. Dalhin ang pamahalaan sa inyo para maktulong, para may masandigan kayo, may masandalan kayo, may matuntungan kayo para sa pag-asenso ng inyong buhay.”
Roxas was the guest of honor during the inaugural of the Polambato Port Passenger Terminal, which is being rebuilt after it was destroyed in the height of Typhoon Yolanda in 2013. The construction of the port was finished in June 2015 through funding worth P2.5M from the local government unit of Bogo.
The former Secretary of Interior and Local Government also went to see the Bogo Sports Complex, which was rehabilitated through the Department of Interior and Local Government – Recovery Assistance for Yolanda (RAY) fund worth P4,137,666.
Roxas initiated the DILG – RAY to accomplish the reconstruction of totally and partially-damaged provincial/city municipal buildings, public markets, civic centers and barangay infrastructures in Yolanda-affected areas.
“Natutuwa ako na makita kayo dito, makasalamuha kayo, makasama tayo, kasi nata-touch ako, nakikita ko kayo, at nasasariwa sa ating lahat kung ano ang ipinaglalaban natin,” he told the estimated 1,300 Bogo City residents, who are now able to use the newly reconstructed government facilities in their area.
The Bogo Public Market, a vital place for the city’s farming families, was also reconstructed under the same program through a P2,404,992.79 allocation from the local government.
With the DILG – RAY’s Building Back Better vision, Yolanda-affected areas were able to undergo a sustainable long-term recovery process, facilitating a faster return to normal government services and economic activities.
“Parang hagdanan iyan. Kung sa English, ‘step by step.’ Kung sa Bisaya, ‘istip by istip’,” Roxas said, pointing out that recovery is a difficult challenge for both the people and the national government.
Roxas also promised the continuation and improvement of the reform programs initiated during the Aquino administration, which are centered on improving the lives of every Filipino family.
“Lolo, magulang, anak, apo, apo sa tuhod—bawat henerasyon, mas mataas ang pinagsisimulan kaysa sa nakaraan at diyan makikita natin ang Daang Matuwid, ang Daang Matuwid na patungo sa kaunlaran ng bawat pamilyang Pilipino,” he said.
“Hindi ko kayo makakalimutan, hindi ko kayo pababayaan,” he added.