PNoy talks about mortality, eyes future leaders
BOHOL - President Aquino encouraged his newly sworn-in partymates to make the "change" he has started a permanent one by helping form future leaders who would continue his policies.
He said he has been thinking about his mortality, saying that he is training future leaders who would be able to continue what he has started.
"Marami ho ang nagtatanong, 'Paano 'pag wala ka na? Eto ba tsamba natin, sandali lang sumikat ang araw pagkatapos balik na naman tayo sa dati?' Ang sagot ko sa kanila, 'Baka ho bukas makalawa kunin ako ni Lord. 'Pag kinuha ako, ganoon na lang ba 'yun? Lahat ng pinaghirapan natin, tapos. Hindi naman tama 'yun," Aquino said in his speech during the mass oath-taking of new Liberal Party members.
"Tinataguyod natin ang partido, naghahasa tayo ng papalit. Dahil talaga namang kailangan maisunud-sunod natin ang magtataguyod para maging permanente itong pagbabagong nangyayari ngayon. At 'yun ang inaasahan natin sa inyong lahat," he said.
Aquino said the key is also to vote for officials who will put the welfare of others above their own.
He stressed the importance of putting in the right people at the local level, saying efforts in the national level to reduce poverty will go to waste if these are not perpetuated in the grassroots level.
"Mangyayari po 'yun kung maihalal natin ang mga tamang tao sa iba't ibang pwesto na talagang nakatutok sa kapwa at hindi sa sarili. E talaga naman pong taas-noo nating masasabing ang laki na ng ipinagbago. At ang susunod na salinlahi tatandaan tayo at sasabihing nanindigan tayo para sa kinabukasan," he said.
Aquino expressed confidence that the country may again exceed its GDP target, citing investor confidence in the country.
He said that the country is on track on its target to be self-sufficient in rice.
In the tourism front, Aquino cited the the plan to build the new Bohol Airport in Panglao. He said a budget of P7.4 billion has been alloted for the project and that construction will start on November 2013.
The project is expected to be completed before Aquino's term ends.