Cojuangco cites his qualifications for governor
January 19, 2016 at 10:34 am
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
STA. BARBARA – Former Pangasinan 5th District Congressman Mark O. Cojuangco claimed he was better qualified than his younger rival for the governor position, citing his capacity and experiences in governance.
HOOKED. Former Pangasinan 5th District Congressman Mark O. Cojuangco (extreme left, seated) and Sta. Barbara’s vice mayoralty bet Ruben Jose read the opinion section of Northern Watch, the most circulated newspaper in Pangasinan, as they wait for some town candidates in the May 9 election. Cojuangco, who is running as governor of the more than two million populated province, visited Barangay Gueguesangen West in Sta. Barbara last Tuesday where rabble rousing discourses ended at night. MORTZ C. ORTIGOZA
“Sa akin pong palagay kung iyong tatlong batayan ay gagamitin ninyo sa pagpili, una po sa aking kalaban mahigit po ang aking kaalaman, mahigit po ang aking kakayahan at lalong lalo na mas malawak ang aking karanasan sa kanya. Puwede ko pong sabihin na maari po akong maging mahusay na gubernador kaysa aking kalaban (If you use that three basis in voting between me and my rival in my opinion I have more knowledge, I have more capacity, and I have more experiences than him. I can be a better governor),” he told recently the residents of Gueguesangen West in one of his last three sorties in a day in this first class town.
He exhorted the three hundred spectators, who gathered in front of the house of a supporter, that he has nothing more to prove in life but that he wanted to use his remaining strength to serve the people of Pangasinan.
He said his opponent, Provincial Board Member Amado Espino III, his “inaanak sa kasal,” is 38 years old while he is 58 years and nearing being a senior citizen.
“Lumalamang po ako ng mahigit dalawang dekada sa edad (My age is more than two decades than him)”
Cojuangco oversaw some of the family businesses under the tutelage of his father Ambassador Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, chairman of San Miguel Corporation, the largest food and beverage corporation in the Philippines and Southeast Asia.
In nine years Cojuangco was congressman from 2001 to 2010 serving the eight towns and city of the Fifth District of Pangasinan that saw a massive infrastructure projects he implemented there.
These include the P80 million rice and corn drying facilities in Villasis and Alcala towns, concreting of roads, purchase of farm machinery, imported cattle breeding station and farm-to-market roads. These were implemented by the solon through his priority development assistant funds, connection with the powers- that- be in Manila, and the tobacco excise taxes the District exacted from the national government because of his intervention in Congress to make the excise law happened.
Cojuangco helped restructure the traffic snarl- prone MacArthur Highway in Urdaneta City with billions of pesos he interceded for form the national government for a six-lane flood free concrete national highway.
He told the residents here that if elected he would provide a decent life and a decent jobs to make their lives better.
“I want that everyone in Pangasinan to find decent job with a decent pay so he would no longer be looking for employment in other provinces and cities or go abroad to find one,” he explained in Filipino.
The almost three million populated Pangasinan, according to the report of the Department of Social Welfare & Development, has been reeling into alarming unemployment rates and glaring number of most poor people in Region 1
“I want to make Pangasinan attractive before the eyes of investors so they would come and put shops here,” he stressed in one of his hustling in the province.
Assistant Regional Director Marilyn Peralta of the DSWD told reporters in Dagupan City last year that out of the 199,000 beneficiaries of the 4Ps or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), a poverty reduction program of the government, 124,091 families or 62% of the 199,000 are in Pangasinan.
If each of the cited families has an average of five members then there would be a total of 620,455 individuals who are either unemployed or earning less than P200 a day in the huge province
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