By Marlon Purificacion | Journal Online
Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. has “adopted” Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno, Francisco Domagoso in real life, who is running for senator in the May 2016 elections.
“Ngayon ko pa lang sasabihin na ‘yung kandidatura ni Vice Mayor Isko Moreno para sa Senado ay aming i-aadopt siya bilang isang senador,” Marcos announced in his speech during the 23rd Annual National Convention of the Vice Mayors’ League of the Philippines held at the Marriott Hotel in Manila.
“I am honored and humbled. I would like to thank Senator Marcos and I was not even expecting it at all considering that they don’t have a senatorial line-up yet,” Moreno said in an interview after the affair.
Marcos said one of the reasons why he chose Moreno is his experience in local government stressing that the national government needs officials that have a genuine concern for local government units.
“Kaya naman very supportive kami sa inyong pangulo na si Vice Mayor Moreno. Sa aming paniniwala, kailangang mas marami tayo sa national government na ang puso ay nasa local government pa rin para maging representative, maging boses at may paninindigan,” he told the more than 400 convention delegates.
Marcos chooses to be labor secretary once elected in next year’s elections.
If given the opportunity to serve the country as the second highest leader, Marcos said that he wants to focus his efforts on job creation.
“Siguro kung mayroon akong hihingin na portfolio, palagay ko gusto kong makatulong sa DoLE,” Marcos said in a television interview.
He said that if the next President would ask him which Cabinet portfolio he wanted, he would choose the Department of Labor and Employment due to lack of jobs in the country.
Citing statistics saying that 90 percent of jobs come from the private sector, Marcos said the government’s job should be to lay down the enabling environment to encourage growth of the private sector.
In particular, Marcos said the government should focus on SME’s (small and medium scale enterprises) which is the biggest contributor to the country’s economy.
Among others, Marcos said the government should embark on business-driven infrastructures, lead in the research and development, provide appropriate training, as well as access to credit facilities.
“Maraming maaaring gawin para tulungan ang sitwasyon sa kakulangan ng trabaho dito sa atin ngayon kaya’t kung itatanong sa akin, DoLE siguro, iyon ang uunahin ko,” said the senator.
If not DoLE, Marcos said he could opt for DoTC (Department of Transportation and Communications) instead. The senator is confident he could contribute towards solving the pressing problems facing the department, including the traffic jams in Metro Manila and lack of public transport.