Inaugural Speech
July 12, 2016
SPA Session Hall

MR. CHAIR AND HONORABLE MEMBERS OF THIS AUGUST BODY…

ZIG ZIGLAR, A FAMOUS AMERICAN AUTHOR AND MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER ONCE ASKED… HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED WHY THE BEAUTIFUL CANADA GEESE FLY IN V FORMATION, AND WHY ONE WING IS LONGER THAN THE OTHER? WELL, YOU WILL PROBABLY ANSWER THAT THE LONGER WING HAS MORE GEESE.

BUT SERIOUSLY, THESE GEESE KNOW BY INSTINCT THE VALUE OF COOPERATION. WHILE ON A LONG JOURNEY TO THEIR NEXT DESTINATION, THEY REGULARLY CHANGE LEADERSHIP. WHY? THE LEADER FIGHTS THE HEAD WIND, HELPING TO CREATE A PARTIAL VACUUM FOR THE GEESE ON HIS RIGHT AND THE GEESE ON HIS LEFT. WHEN HE BECOMES EXHAUSTED, ANOTHER GOOSE TAKES OVER.

CONDUCTING A WIND TUNNEL TEST, SCIENTISTS HAVE DISCOVERED THAT A FLOCK OF GEESE CAN FLY 72% FARTHER AND FASTER BY COOPERATING IN THIS MANNER.

PEOPLE CAN ALSO DO THE SAME. AND MOST CERTAINLY, MR. CHAIR, WE IN THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF ALBAY CAN DO BETTER.

IT IS, THEREFORE, UNDER THIS PREMISE AND UNDERSTANDING THAT I WOULD LIKE TO PRESENT TO YOU MY 10 POINT PRIORITY DEVELOPMENT AGENDA WHICH NEED YOUR SUPPORT THRU LEGISLATIVE ACTION.

        1. AGRICULTURE
          • ESTABLISHMENT OF ALBAY FARMERS’ VILLAGE (TO SHOWCASE INNOVATIVE AGRICULTURAL TECHNOLOGIES, BEST FARMING PRACTICES AND FARMERS’ TRAININGS. THE PROVINCIAL AGRICULTURAL SERVICES WILL HAVE TO HOLD OFFICE AT THE FARMERS’ VILLAGE)
          • CONCRETING OF FARM-TO-MARKET ROADS (TO ENSURE THAT PRODUCTS REACH THE MARKETS EASIER AND AT LOWER TRANSPORT COSTS)
        2. ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PROGRAM
          • CREATION OF TASK FORCE FOR COASTAL PROTECTION (TO COVER SEA AND SHORELINES)
          • CREATION OF TASK FORCE QUARRY (TO MONITOR AND APPREHEND VIOLATORS OF IN-LAND ENVIRONMENTAL LAWS)
          • DECLARATION OF PROTECTED AREAS (AMONG WHICH ARE THE MANGROVE AREAS AT BANQUEROHAN AND BAGACAY IN LEGAZPI CITY)
        3. HEALTH PROGRAM
          • ESTABLISHMENT OF A PROVINCIAL HOSPITAL IN LIGAO CITY
          • IMPROVED DELIVERY OF HEALTH SERVICES (THRU THE AVAILAVILITY OF MEDICINES AND MEDICAL PERSONNEL)
        4. REVENUE GENERATION PROGRAM (TO INCREASE LOCAL SOURCES OF REVENUE AND LESSEN DEPENDENCE ON IRA)
          • QUARRY TAX (BY UPDATING MARKET VALUES)
          • INCREASE GOVERNOR’S PERMIT FEES
          • PHILIHEALTH SHARE
          • CREATION OF PROVINCIAL TASK FORCE ON QUARRY (THIS IS ALSO RELATED TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION PROGRAM)
          • REAL PROPERTY TAX ASSESSMENT COMPUTERIZATION PROJECT (TO BE PATTERNED AFTER THE PROVINCE OF BULACAN
        5. RENEWABLE ENERGY RESOURCES PROGRAM
          • INSTALLATION OF SOLAR POWERED GENERATING FACILITY (WITHIN THE CAPITOL COMPLEX)
        6. PUBLIC SAFETY PROGRAM
          • IMPROVEMENT OF TRAFFIC CONDITION IN THE ENTIRE PROVINCE (BY IMPOSING TRUCK BAN ON SOME MAJOR ROADS)
        7. ESTABLISHMENT OF A RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER AND TRAINING INSTITUTE
          • TO BE BASED AND IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BICOL UNIVERSITY
        8. LAND BANKING PROGRAM
          • PURCHASE OF LOTS FOR HOSPITAL SITE EXPANSION, ROAD RIGHT-OF-WAY, POTABLE WATER SYSTEM, ETC.
        9. INFRASTRUCTURE PROGRAM
          • PURCHASE OF HEAVY EQUIPMENT (FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE OF ROADS AND FOR DISASTER OPERATIONS)
        10. CREATION OF AN INTERNAL AUDIT SERVICES DEPARTMENT
            • TO STRENGTHEN THE INTERNAL AUDIT SYSTEM OF THE PROVINCE

AS YOU WOULD NOTICE, MR. CHAIR, THIS PRIORITY AGENDA APPEARS TO BE QUITE SIMPLE BUT VERY RESPONSIVE TO THE URGENT NEEDS OF THE PROVINCE AND THE ALBAYANOS. THEY ARE DOABLE, COST EFFICIENT AND, MOST IMPORTANTLY, DESIGNED TO PROMOTE INCLUSIVE GROWTH.

AND IF FULLY IMPLEMENTED, THIS BLUEPRINT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF ALBAY WILL BRING ABOUT OUR MUCH NEEDED PROGRESS WHILE IMPROVING THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF EVERY ALBAYANO, ESPECIALLY POOR AND LESS-FORTUNATE.

SO CLOSE, MR. CHAIR AND MEMBERS OF THIS AUGUST BODY, LET ME NOW ASK YOU TO JOIN ME AND SUPPORT ME AS WE BEGIN OUR JOURNEY TOWARDS A BETTER ALBAY PROVINCE. AND AS I HAVE SAID EARLIER, IF THE CANADA GEESE CAN DO IT, THEN WE CAN DEFINITELY DO IT BETTER.

THANK YOU FOR THIS OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD.