Esperon bares plans and programs

March 11, 2010 at 3:23 am 1 comment

By Virgilio Sar.Maganes

URDANETA CITY- “What’s better, mono block chairs or a college graduate in every home? Waiting sheds or expressways?

These were the questions posed to the newsmen by Secretary Hermogenes “Jun” Esperon, Jr. when he outlined his plans and programs as a congressional candidate of the 6th district during the “Ugnayan at Talakayan sa Silangan”, a media forum sponsored by Metro Urdaneta Press Club at Lis Rainforest Resort here last March 4.

Esperon was apparently referring to the present projects of Vice Governor Marlyn Primicias Agabas who is running also for a congressional seat in the said district.

“I did not use my position as Secretary of the Presidential Management Staff (PMS) for political positioning. It so happened that I was responsible for the monitoring of special programs of President (Gloria) Arroyo like the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) and the re-regulating pond of the San Roque Dam for irrigation purposes,” he said.

Topping his priority programs should he win the congressional seat is to have college graduate in every home under “One Town, One Scholar” Program.

He said that education emancipates people from poverty as a college graduate has more chances of employment.

He personally launched his scholarship program which will finance the college education of 58 scholars in his district with a semestral stipend of four thousand pesos. He said that submission of applications will start on March 25.

On the effects of El Niño, Esperon said that he has requested private donors of water pumps for distribution in his district . The cloud seeding being done at present by the government is not practical as there are no clouds for the seeding purposes, he said.

Asked to comment on the statements of senatorial candidates Satur Ocampo and Liza Maza questioning his motives in entering politics, Esperon said that the country is democratic and every body has the right to enter politics.

“My motive is public service. I am not questioning either their intentions for running as senators. If they could run for public office, then why can’t I?” he said.

Gabriela Rep. Liza Maza, a senatorial candidate under the Nacionalista Party said in an earlier statement that she sponsored a bill banning retired military officers in entering politics.

Esperon was a graduate of Philippine Military Acadeny (PMA) and retired as Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

Entry filed under: News.

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. jz  |  April 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm

    the article lead says it all! ; )


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