’25 polls hold key to reforms–Robin

August 25, 2023 PS Jun M. Sarmiento 137 views

THE 2025 elections hold the key to much-needed reforms in governance where lawmakers to be elected will support needed amendments to the Constitution to allow the entry of foreign investments as well as the more efficient operation of the government.

Sen. Robinhood “Robin” C. Padilla stressed this on Thursday at the 29th anniversary of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) in Mandaluyong City.

Padilla urged Filipinos to vote for candidates who may not be famous, but believe that the form of government must change, explaining that only one house in Congress will cut costs, pass laws more quickly and allow the entry of foreign investors.

Padilla said that foreign investments are much needed so that Filipinos need not have to work abroad.

According to Padilla, the Philippines needs to bring in foreign investors like what Vietnam, Singapore and Malaysia have done. Otherwise, he said Cambodia may threaten to surpass the Philippines in terms of economic growth.

He also pointed out that the current system of government can serve taxpayers better if the two houses of Congress, the Senate and House of Representatives, become one.

Besides, he said this is in line with the wishes of President Bongbong Marcos to have rightsizing in government.

Rightsizing, according to Padilla, means the government has to be wise in making do with less, not spending too much taxpayers’ money by consolidating the Senate and House into one.

Padilla likewise pointed out he cannot advocate amendments to the Constitution on his own, and he needs allies who share his beliefs in improving the system of government.

In the meantime, Padilla urged the public to support the TESDA, which he said is doing its part to address poverty. He said TESDA programs provide jobs to Filipinos, including some 1.8 million TESDA scholars.

“Kaya sana yakapin nyo itong mga programang binibigay ng TESDA (We must embrace the programs offered by TESDA),” he said.