Solons wish for more prosperity, peace, preparedness to deal with climate change, education & judicial reforms in 2013
HOUSE members expressed hope that the coming 2013 will be a much better year for Filipinos, as they centered they wishes for their countrymen on more economic prosperity, preparedness to deal with climate change, infrastructure investments and peace in Mindanao, among others.
Deputy Speaker Maria Isabelle Climaco wishes that Filipinos will be able to weather the challenges of 2013 through more perseverance.
In light of the devastation caused by the series of typhoons and other disasters that hit the country this year, Climaco hoped that Filipinos would be ready to deal with climate change.
“We hope they will be prepared to face climate change and have the foresight to protect the Filipino Family,” said Climaco, Representative of the first district of Zamboanga City.
She also wished for the realization of peace in Mindanao especially in light of the Framework Agreement on the Bangsamoro signed by the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front. “We hope Mindanao will attain peace,” Climaco said.
Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo (2nd District, Valenzuela City) wishes that positive changes would occur in various sectors of society namely education, investments, and the judiciary as well as in the attitude of Filipinos themselves for further development of the country.
“I wish that our country will have a vibrant middle class of entrepreneurs and a public education system that is Science and Math oriented following a strong multi-lingual model. I wish there will be more infrastructure investments in transportation, communications and utilities, and judicial reforms that ensure enforceability of contracts and speed up the process executing orders that protect life, liberty and prosperity,” said Gunigundo, a Deputy Majority Leader.
He also wishes that Filipinos would be more disciplined and altruistic and less materialistic.
Rep. Jose “Joboy” Aquino II (1st District, Agusan del Norte) wished “Peace to all, and that Filipinos will choose honest and deserving candidates during the May 2013 elections.”
“I hope our country will have clean elections. And while having our wishes, we must also thank God Almighty for everything that He has given us,” said Aquino, an Assistant Minority Leader.
Rep. Neri Colmenares (Party-list, Bayan Muna) said that while many Filipinos experience difficulty in life, the New Year always brings hope to them.
Colmenares, a Vice Chairman of the Committee on Suffrage and Electoral Reforms, urges Filipinos to be more confident and self-reliant to overcome their hardships in life. “Kailangan lang laging tiwala sa ating kakayanan na ipanday ang isang maaliwalas na bukas,” he said.
Rep. Simeon Datumanong (2nd District, Maguindanao), a former Deputy Speaker, wishes that peace would reign in the country. “I wish all Filipinos especially those in Mindanao better peace,” he said.