Ex-MMDA Chief Orbos to focus on livelihood, potable water, free wifi if he wins congressional bid

admin   •   February 19, 2019   •   1438

Former Transportation Undersecretary Thomas Orbos during his interview with Get It Straight with Daniel Razon

Former Transportation Undersecretary Thomas Orbos has started to gear up for his bid as representative for the First Congressional District of Pangasinan.

In the program, Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on Tuesday, Orbos enumerated his platform if he wins in the May 2019 Midterm Elections.

As a neophyte candidate, Orbos admits that earning the confidence and support of the public will be a big challenge, prompting him to come up with what he believes as acceptable measures to help his would-be constituents.

These include the provision of livelihood programs, improved health services, and the installation of water system in the area as around 80 percent of the whole province of Pangasinan is without a source of potable drinking water.

He also promised to give attention on road work projects in the province, as well as, on the provision of free wifi for the district as he believes that this can be a big help for the residents in the area, especially, the youth in their studies.

“Kapag ako’y umupo, lahat ng baranggay lalagyan ko ng libreng wifi. Mura po, kayang kaya ng isang congressman na gawin yan (once I sit [in Congress] I will install wifi in all the barangays. And that’s a very inexpensive project. A congressman can do it),” Orbos explained.

As a former head of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), Orbos plans to propose the establishment of an integrated development agency that will be the government’s arm which will assist in the various projects in the provinces.

The said agency will follow the same approach of the MMDA and will be adopted in the provinces.

Orbos believes that the time for change for his province has come, and he hopes that he will be given the opportunity to serve his fellowmen in the first district of Pangasinan.

Orbos will be running against the incumbent Bolinao Mayor   Arnold Celeste for the post. — Maris Federez (with reports from Jona Nano)

Health reform advocate recommends ECQ extension in Luzon

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 3, 2020

A doctor and health reform advocate has recommended the extend the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Luzon due to the continuous rise in confirmed coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases in the country.

In an interview in ‘Get it Straight with Daniel Razon’, Special Adviser to the National Action Plan on COVID-19 Chief Implementor Dr. Anthony Leachon said there are several things to consider before lifting the ECQ.

Leachon noted that the government should look into the number of recoveries from the virus, the number of new cases, and the number of deaths to see if there is a considerable drop.

“We must not rush into this. Nagsabi ang World Health Organization (WHO) two weeks ago na the Philippines is not ready for lifting the lockdown,” he said.

Leachon also suggests lifting the ECQ gradually and prioritize areas which have a huge decrease in the number of COVID-19 cases.

Meanwhile, the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) still has not announced any official decision on the said recommendation for ECQ extension. AAC (with reports from Dante Amento)

Senator-elect Marcos to prioritize laws on poverty alleviation, agriculture

Marje Pelayo   •   June 1, 2019

Imee Marcos

MANILA, Philippines – If Senator-elect Imee Marcos were to be asked, she would choose to chair the Senate Committee on Social Welfare as she wants to focus on crafting bills that would help alleviate poverty.

“Gusto ko sana social welfare,” the incoming senator said during an interview with the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on Friday (May 31).

“Titingnan natin ang 4Ps kasi dapat i-expand iyong work tapos ibabagsak ang presyo, importante iyon,” she added.

But in consideration of the more senior senators, Marcos said it will depend on the decision of Senator Joel Villanueva who currently chairs the Social Welfare Committee if he would give up the chairmanship.

Nevertheless, the senator-elect said she is still okay with the Senate Committee on Local Government as it also fits her credentials having years of experience in local governance.

Despite the controversies thrown against her and her family, Marcos ranked eight in the 2019 senatorial race with over 15,800,000 votes.

When the 18th Congress begins, Senator-elect Marcos said she would prioritize measures on lowering poverty incidence in the country, land reform, and peace and order or the anti-terror bill among others.

“Land reform agad-agad. Iyong wala nang utang utang (kundi) ibigay na ang lupa. Hahanap tayo ng Sistema dyan,) she noted.

Marcos also wants to amend the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and push for more Cash-for-Work programs instead of the ‘dole-out’ scheme.

She said she supports the establishment of a Department of Water to address the country’s water problem as well as measures for agricultural development and lowering the price of basic commodities.

She also wants to amend the current Solo Parent Law and push for more benefits for single parents.

“Dahil walang masaydong benepisyo ang mga nanay na mag-isa. Mahirap kasi. It’s hard to bring up kids by yourself,” she explained.

Marcos admitted she is against the Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC), a preference contrary to the Duterte administration.

She would support, however, measures that would establish a mandatory citizenship service instead of mandatory military service.

“Citizenship training na hindi pinipilit na maging military dahil hindi po pwedeng pilitin ang tao na maging sundalo,” she explained.

“I can bring another perspective to the issue. Hindi pwedeng pilitin ang bata (na maging sundalo) pero iyong citizenship ng isang Pilipino, iyong pagiging makabayan, iyon kailangan at agree ako na gawing mandatory iyon,” she added.

She wants an increase in tobacco and other sin taxes; reinstate the death penalty for drug-related crimes; extend the term of barangay officials and synchronize elections with the national level; benefits for retiring local officials; reform Sangguniang Kabataan system; and, the establishment of the Department of Overseas Filipino Worker.

When asked if she would revive the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant, a known legacy of his father, the late President Ferdinand Marcos, the incoming senator said it is not necessary as there are alternative sources of energy similar to the windmills of Ilocos Norte. – (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Senator Bato dela Rosa to prioritize death penalty, mandatory military service bills

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2019

Senator, Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa

MANILA, Philippines – Newly proclaimed senator, Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa said he still couldn’t believe how his career progressed from being an ordinary policeman to being a lawmaker.

“Hindi pa rin. Hindi ko pa rin maisip na senador na pala ako,” the candid former chief of police said during an interview in the program Get It Straight with Daniel Razon on Wednesday (May 22).

Dela Rosa believes his performance in the Philippine National Police (PNP) has contributed a lot to his candidacy plus the fact, he said, that people now prefer politicians who are naturally transparent.

Now that he is officially a lawmaker, Senator “Bato” said he will prioritize crafting legislation that would seek the reinstatement of death penalty for heinous crimes — including erring policemen who plant evidence against drug suspects.

He said he will focus more on peace and order which is essential in the protection of Filipinos, especially the poor, and to the country’s economy.

He argued that no matter how good the plans of the government’s economic manager are, they will never prosper without peace and order.

“Kung may magandang peace and order tayo, mayroong investment,” he said.

(Having an excellent peace and order will yield investments.)

“Kung mayroon investment mayroon employment. Pag mayroong employment, mayroong income. Pag may income, may perang pambili ang ating mga kababyan so napaka-importante ng peace and order,” the senator-elect said.

(More investments mean more employment [opportunities]. More employment means more income. More income means more money which we could use for our people so peace and order is very important.)

In line with this, Dela Rosa is also considering pushing for the mandatory military service in lieu of the Reserve Officer Training Course (ROTC).

“Like other countries na pagdating mo ng 18 years old, obligado ka na mag-serve sa military for two years. Walang pakialam ang gobyerno kung anak ka ng mayaman, o ng mahirap, kung sikat ka o artista ka, maganda din iyon,” he said.

(Like other countries that require all 18-year-olds to obligatory military service for two years. The government will not exempt whether you are a son of a wealthy family, or poor family, whether you are famous or a celebrity, that’s good.)

“Gusto ko malakas ang ating territorial defense when it comes to foreign aggression, foreign invasion so kailangang i-prepare natin ang ating kabataan na mayroon tayong enough reserves, human resource reserves,” he added.

(I want our territorial defense to be strong when it comes to foreign aggression, foreign invasion, so we need to prepare our youth so we may have enough reserves, human resource reserves.)

Dela Rosa noted, however, that the government may possibly shoulder the uniform and all the expenses of those who will enter the compulsory military service as they will render service like commissioned military personnel.

As for the ROTC, he said the parents may support since they are now paying for the expenses of their children under the existing National Service Training Program (NSTP).

Dela Rosa, the architect of the Duterte government’s war on drugs, placed fifth in the 2019 midterm senatorial elections garnering a total of 19,004,225 votes. – Marje Pelayo (with details from Rey Pelayo)

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