The Daang Matuwid Coalition capped off their Bicolandia visit under the gaze of the magnificent Mayon Volcano with a gathering at the Albay Astrodome in Legazpi City last Saturday (February 13).

It was the perfect ending for a long day spent going around the region, which began in Masbate, where standard bearer Mar Roxas and his Bicolana running mate Leni Robredo dropped by the Masbate City Market before meeting with the locals. From there, they proceeded to Tabaco City, Albay, then joined a motorcade from Ligao City to Legazpi City.

Governor Joey Salceda, together with over 5,000 residents of Albay, personally welcomed Roxas, Robredo and the Daang Matuwid senate slate upon their arrival to Legazpi. Joining them were Vice Governor Harold Imperial, Congressman Nando Gonzales, Legazpi Vice Mayor Bitoy Roces, and several mayors and vice mayors from the towns of Albay.

“Nakikita ko na matibay ang ating samahan. Matibay ang ating paninindigan at malakas ang Daang Matuwid dito sa Legazpi at sa buong Albay,” Roxas said.

Salceda showcased the many gains Albay experienced under the administration of Daang Matuwid, walking the crowd through the different aspects of development with an overview presentation of the stark contrast between the situation of the province before and how it is now. Most notably, Salceda emphasized that Albay, despite being prone to typhoons, has successfully developed their agricultural industry to the point of 100% self-sufficiency.

“It’s what you do about what is given that especially determines the direction and the complexion of the welfare of our people,” said Salceda in reference to the province’s continuous development of agriculture, proving that the progress in Albay can outpace the damages typhoons cause.

Should he win the elections, Roxas said he would build on Albay’s agricultural progress through the Daang Matuwid Bukid Revolution. This, he explained, will empower farmers and fisherfolk by giving them more affordable loan rates to fuel their livelihood, as the government implements the construction of infrastructure that can bring the province’s produce to more customers. The program will be especially beneficial for Albay as the province’s economy is primarily centered around their booming agriculture industry.

“Habang pinapalago natin ang ekonomiyang pang-nasyonal, rekta naman nating lalagyan ng imprastraktura, ng capital outlays, ng mga investments ang ating pamayanan para lahat, lahat ng barangay, lahat ng bayan, ay muling makabangon at hindi na kailangang antayin pa ang pagbaba ng kasaganahan mula sa taas,” said Roxas.

“Sa lahat ng nagawa at magagawa ng Daang Matuwid, kayo ang patunay na naghatid na ng kaginhawaan ang Daang Matuwid sa ating mga buhay.”