If you’re listening today, it means you want answers. You’re here on your own time because you care about this country—and you want to make sure I care about it as much as you do. You want to make sure I’ll bring real solutions with me to office, not just bandages.
Ladies and gentlemen! Mga kababayan ko, ako po si Juan Pagbabago. I’m standing in front of you at this moment to prove myself that I am capable enough to be your next leader. That altogether we can bring back our country to its finest. I’m here willingly offer myself to be your public servant for the betterment of every Filipinos.
Like most of you here, I know – we all know – that our country needs to weed out a culture of corruption, to build infrastructure, to raise education standards, to create jobs and an environment conducive to investment –and, of course, to reduce and perhaps one day eliminate poverty.
So here are some of my plans. Some of the things I will be able to do.
Just as I have promised to the people, we will make poverty alleviation our top priority. However, this is something that everyone, including the poor themselves, must strive for and work towards. What I can do is give more access and opportunities to those who don’t have it because they are poor. I will work hard to raise education standards, build more schools, and reward deserving teachers.
I will make clear that there will be zero tolerance of graft and corruption. Sadly, there is no country in the world that has been able to eliminate it completely. I will work hard to reduce it significantly.
I believe that job creation is critical to solving the poverty problem. In the long run I would like to see a Philippines where no Filipino has to venture overseas just to find work. But given the state of our economy, that is not realistic today. What I will do is create an investment climate where our country will be back on the radar screen of foreign investors.
And of course, let’s lessen the effect of the train law in the fast pacing increase of the taxes that affects the prices of our primary needs.
To get to where we want to go, we will need to address all these problems. They are all interrelated. We will need a concerted effort; a major push forward.
We need to get out of this vicious cycle, and create a virtuous one.
There are so many problems to address. I cannot go over every one of them here. My purpose here is to give you some idea of my plans and my approach. I cannot promise you that all the problems will be solved, because the future of this country does not lie in the hands of one person. We will all need to do our part.
Together, we can make all things happen. Let’s us all unite to fight the traumatic problems we are facing right now. End what is toxic, start what is right. Together, as one Filipinos let’s bring our country to the peak of its success.
Glannerry Kate Salarza