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Aquino calls on the Filipinos to vote candidates who will help his administration to improve the country’s economy

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President Benigno S. Aquino III raises the hands of Team PNoy during the Miting de Avance of the Liberal Party (LP) – Quezon City Chapter at the Amoranto Sports Complex in Barangay Paligsahan, Quezon City on Friday (May 10, 2013). Team PNoy includes Aurora Lone District Representative Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, former National Youth Commission (NYC) chairperson Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, former Akbayan Partylist Representative Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros-Baraquel, Senators Alan Peter “Compañero” Cayetano and Francis Joseph “Chiz” Escudero, former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairperson Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares, Senator Loren Legarda, former Senators Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal and Ramon Magsaysay, Jr., Senators Aquilino Martin “Koko” Pimentel III and Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV, and former Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar. (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III raises the hands of Team PNoy during the Miting de Avance of the Liberal Party (LP) – Quezon City Chapter at the Amoranto Sports Complex in Barangay Paligsahan, Quezon City on Friday (May 10, 2013). Team PNoy includes Aurora Lone District Representative Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara, former National Youth Commission (NYC) chairperson Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino IV, former Akbayan Partylist Representative Ana Theresia “Risa” Hontiveros-Baraquel, Senators Alan Peter “Compañero” Cayetano and Francis Joseph “Chiz” Escudero, former Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) chairperson Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares, Senator Loren Legarda, former Senators Maria Ana Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal and Ramon Magsaysay, Jr., Senators Aquilino Martin “Koko” Pimentel III and Antonio “Sonny” Trillanes IV, and former Las Piñas Representative Cynthia Villar. (MNS photo)

MANILA, May 11 (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III called on Filipinos to vote candidates who will help his administration to continue effecting reforms to chart the country to a higher economic growth trajectory.

In his speech during the Miting de Avance of the Liberal Party-Quezon City Chapter held at the Amoranto Sports Complex in Barangay Paligsahan, Quezon City on Friday, the Chief Executive urged the people to support the Team PNOY senatorial candidates who will help his administration in pushing for more programs that will benefit the people in the long term.

“Sa Lunes, muling pipili ang sambayanang Pilipino ng mga pinunong magtitimon sa ating bayan sa susunod na mga taon. Narito po ako upang diretsahang ilatag ang buod ng paparating na halalan, at ang halaga nito sa ating kinabukasan,” President Aquino said.

“Sabi po nating lahat: Tama na ang katiwalian, sobra na ang kahirapan, palitan na ang baluktot na kalakaran. Tapat at tuwid na serbisyong nakatutok sa interes ng taumbayan ang kailangan. Ito nga mismo ang ginawa natin sa tuwid na daan —tinumbasan natin ng pagkilos at pagsisikap ang hangarin nating makamit ang pagbabago, upang isa-isa itong magkatotoo,” he said.

With the help of the Filipino people, President Aquino said his administration succeeded in creating positive change to improve the country’s economy and the lives of the people.

“Nang magsimula tayo, hindi natin sinasabing mababago natin ang lahat, o nasa atin na ang kasagutan sa lahat ng problema. Pero klaro naman po na sa nakalipas na halos tatlong taon, dahil sa ating bayanihan, paulit-ulit nating pinapatunayan na ang dating imposible, ay posibleng maisakatuparan,” he noted.

The move of Fitch Group and Standard & Poors granting the Philippines its investment grade status is another affirmation of President Aquino’s agenda and leadership.

“Tinitingala na rin ng buong mundo ang ating pag-asenso. Sa kauna-unahang pagkakataon, nakamit natin ang investment grade status mula sa dalawang pinakamalaking credit ratings agency, sinundan pa ng Japan credit rating agency. Tatlo sa apat na po ang nagsabing investment grade tayo,” he noted.

“Ano po ang halaga nito? Makakautang tayo sa mas mababang interes, at may mas mahabang panahon ng pagbayad. Imbes na mapunta lang ang ating budget sa pagbabayad nang malaki sa utang, mailalaan natin ito sa serbisyong direkta ang pakinabang sa ating mamamayan,” he stressed.

He pointed out that his administration continues to invest in the necessary infrastructure projects to boost the country’s agriculture, trade and tourism sectors.

President Aquino said Filipinos have started to reap the fruits of the reforms that are being initiated by his government since June 2010.

“Sa isang artikulo nga po ng Bloomberg, ibinahagi nila ang pagbabagong tinatamasa ng isang Ginoong Rene Ravalo, magsasaka mula sa isang nayon sa Mindanao. Ang gamit po niyang transportasyon noon sa paghahatid ng kanyang niyog ay kalabaw. Ang sabi po niya, at akin pong inuulit dito: ‘Noon, inaabot kami ng kalahating araw para lang mailuwal ang produkto naming niyog sa merkado’,” he noted.

“At dahil nga po nasa upland area siya—sa may bulubundukin—wala pong kalsada. Ngayon, napagawan na raw po ng kalsada ang kanilang lugar, at ang dating kalahating araw na biyahe —kalahating oras na lamang ngayon. Parang ang gusto po nilang sabihin, at ang sinabi nga po niya doon sa artikulo: ‘Ilang dekada na kaming humihingi ng kalinga sa gobyerno. Ngayon, nangyayari na, at unti-unti na naming nararamdaman ang pag-asenso ng aming buhay’,” he said.

The President, likewise, said the government remains committed to strengthening the country’s fiscal position, intensifying investments through social services, education, and health among others.

He said the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Electrification Administration (NEA), are working together in carrying out the electrification project in the entire country.

“Sa kabila po ng mga tagumpay nating ito, hindi pa tapos ang laban. Patuloy ang hamon sa ating patibayin ang pundasyon ng mabuting pamamahala. Ngayong darating na halalan, palakasin pa natin ang laban ng tuwid na daan,” he said. (MNS)

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