By: Roi Anthoni B. Lomotan
DUMAGUETE CITY, (PIA)—Senator Paolo Benigno “Bam” Aquino vowed to push for legislations that will promote and develop industries in Negros Oriental.
In a press conference held recently at Don Atilano Restaurant in Dumaguete City, the newbie senator said to members of local media “We will give support to different industries here that needs extra help whether from (government) agencies or through laws.”
Aquino said he is willing to help institutions that assist small enterprises in the province to grow and he will pass bills that will benefit the different industries in the province.
He noted that trade, commerce and entrepreneurship are his primary advocacies as a senator. He will support any law that are related to trade, commerce or entrepreneurship, “because it’s my commitment.”
Aside from this, the newly-elected lawmaker bared he has filed seven pro-poor bills in the Senate that aimed for poverty alleviation and employment opportunities for the youth.
Aquino cited some of these like the Youth Entrepreneurship Bill he filed that aims to engage young people into business. The bill is one of his counter measures for unemployment.
He stressed that a big percentage of the unemployed Filipinos are from the youth sector. Through this bill, the government will provide support facilities for young people for them to engage into entrepreneurship.
Apart from the Youth Entrepreneurship Bill, he also filed Go Negosyo Bill which will give support to micro, small and medium scale enterprise in the country.
Another bill is to strengthen feeding program in elementary schools but the food should be sourced out from the local farmers.
“Most of the bills we passed are focused on anti-poverty (measures),” Aquino said.
Aquino was in Dumaguete City recently for his “Pasasalamat Tour.” The Senator goes to different provinces in the country where he garnered high votes in the recent May 2013 elections.
To recall, Sen. Aquino got the highest votes and became number one in Negros Oriental during the last senatorial polls.
Sen. Aquino even joke that the province should adopt him since there is no senator in the present Senate roster who is from Negros Oriental.
Meanwhile, apart from the press conference Sen. Aquino also had lunch with Provincial Gov. Roel R. Degamo. On September 7, he is set to visit Siquijor where he also became number one in the last elections. (mbcn/RAL/PIA7-NEGOR)