Former Speaker and Marinduque Rep. Lord Allan Velasco on Friday called on the people to rally behind the new leaders, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Vice President Sara Duterte, in their call for unity and help them fully deliver their mandate.
“I humbly appeal to all my kababayans to support our new leaders, including Vice President Inday Sara Duterte, and help them fulfill their mandate to the Filipino people. Now more than ever, the call for unity is more urgent, more important if we want to improve the plight of every ordinary citizen,” Velasco said.
He said Marcos’ overwhelming victory in the May election was “historical”, as he was chosen by more than 31 million voters to “take the top job and navigate the country” amid the ongoing pandemic and Ukraine-Russia conflict.
Camarines Sur Rep. Luis Raymund Villafuerte appealed to the 19th Congress to give its full backing to the President’s call for unity and building back better by working on new legislation in support of Marcos’ priority concerns, such as economic transformation, sustained infrastructure development, tourism development, agricultural modernization, and food sufficiency.
Villafuerte said he is particularly supporting the plan of Marcos and incoming Speaker Martin Romualdez to push Congress to craft a new economic stimulus package dubbed Bayan Bangon Muli (BBM).
Villafuerte also noted that Marcos’ plan to sustain the accelerated infrastructure development initiated by former president Rodrigo Duterte will provide a big boost to his proposed “comprehensive,
all-inclusive” economic transformation, given that infrastructure investments create a lot of jobs and have the highest multiplier effect on the economy.
Meanwhile, Bagong Henerasyon party-List Rep. Bernadette Herrera said she agrees with the new president on energy sufficiency, adding that Congress could provide specific actions in terms of annual appropriations and bills encouraging investments and accountability in the energy, water, and telecommunications sectors.
“I have long been for renewable energy, solar power, wind power, mini-grids and microgrids, and mini-hydro facilities because these are the energy technologies suited to our archipelagic needs,” Herrera
1-PACMAN Party-List Rep. Mikee Romero said the agriculture sector needs more resources.
Romero said crucial to the food self-sufficiency objectives of the new administration, an efficient commodities market and trading system must be established, including its component storage depots,
accountability, and transparency mechanisms, and the commodities exchange.
She said it is also time “to put in place the building blocks of the country’s strategic fuel reserve… so when fuel prices subside and stabilize, that would be the time to inject the fuel reserves into the facilities and system built for the purpose.