Kimi, Mark laud Villasis’ ‘balikbayans’

January 26, 2015 at 12:56 am Leave a comment


By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
VILLASIS- On separate events during  this town’s fiesta celebration, Fifth District Rep. Kimi S. Cojuangco and former Rep. Mark O. Cojuangco lauded the ” balikbayans”- both overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and residents of various countries, for their contributions to the economy of the country through their remittances.
 Kimi, who was the guest speaker during the Barangay Night last January 14, said that the “balikbayans” keep the country’s economy afloat.
 “I filed a bill in the House of Representatives known as E-currency in which your remittances through private remittance centers will be free. This means that you will no longer be charged for percentage remittance fee such as 3% or 6%. This is one of the many bills I filed in the Congress,” Kimi said.
 She also informed the barangay officials and guests about the Medikalinga Sa Pangasinan Program of her husband Mark which provides  free surgical services to the Pangasinenes, the scholarship program she coordinated with the Commission on Higher Education (Ched) and the skills development program through the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA).
 Mark, the guest speaker during the Coronation and Balikbayan Night last January 17, said  because of the support of the “balikbayans,” the economy  improves.
 ” They said that you are the unsung heroes but I will say that you are the heroes of our economy,” Mark said.
 He told the audience of his aspirations to run as an alternative candidate for governor of Pangasinan in 2016 elections.
 “I know I have done something that you will be proud of being your former representative in the House of Representatives. With my experiences in the 5th District, I know I can replicate this in the entire province if given the chance to be the governor,” he said.
 He said with the trust, help and continued support of Villasinians and the people of 5th District, he was  successful in his activities to pursue development projects in the 5th District.
 Mark also introduced Calasio Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay as his running mate as vice governor whom he described as an able candidate due to his experience as local executive of Calasiao.
 “I am grateful to him for accepting the challenge as my running mate although he has still one term to run as mayor of Calasiao. I will be needing his expertise should I will win as governor because a vice governor will head the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Board). A governor could only be effective with the support of the Sangguninag Panlalawigan,” he said.
 Mark assisted Mrs. Villasis 2014 Florida Riñon in crowning Mrs. Villasis 2015 Letty Casio- Wabe.
 Other members of the royal family are: First Princess- Beverly Osias-Orial and Second Princess Leny Bolario-Sembran.
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