MANILA — Should she be lucky enough to win the presidential race during the coming 2016 elections, Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago vowed to handover to her successor a more prosperous and stable nation to her successor.
She made this statement during the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industries Presidential Forum, Marriott Grand Ballroom, Pasay City.
“My administration will bequeath to the next President a better and stronger nation than what I will inherit from this administration. In 2022, I will turnover to my successor a nation that is more prosperous, a people more united and prouder of their leaders, and political institutions that are more stable,” Santiago stressed.
She also vowed more in people, in public infrastructure and in political institutions.
“I commit that the Philippine economy will grow faster than ever before, that it will be truly inclusive by making sure that real incomes of workers will increase over time,” Santiago emphasized.
The presidential contender said her administration will achieve the goal of higher and sustained economic growth by investing heavily in public infrastructure.
“Our roads, bridges, urban transit systems, airports and seaports are crumbling. We need to build them up at par with, if not better than, our ASEAN neighbors,” she added.
Santiago also said that there is need to prepare Filipinos people for a more modern, more competitive global economy.
“We need to educate them, take care of their health, and feed them so they will become productive members of a growing work force. Only by investing in people can we truly make growth inclusive. Only if the young are educated and healthy can they benefit from growing economic prosperity,” she pointed out. PNA/Priam F. Nepomuceno