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Manila Standard : Cebu MSMEs back tandem of BBM-Sara for ‘22 polls

News & Interviews
26 November 2021

By Manila Standard

More than 50 small and medium entrepreneurs from Cebu who tried to keep their businesses afloat during the pandemic threw their full support behind the BBM-SARA Uniteam during a simple ceremony in Mandaue City Friday morning.

The Businessmen ng Bayan Movement of the Philippines (BBM), led by their president Benjie Hortelano, expressed optimism that the business climate will recover after the debilitating pandemic under a Marcos administration.

Both presidential aspirant former Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and vice presidential bet Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio continued to lead all formal and random surveys nationwide.

Marcos thanked his supporters and reminded them that the recent nationwide “unity ride” caravan held last week symbolizes the Filipinos’ readiness to rally behind his leadership.

“The caravan was not only a display of support for my candidacy but it was also symbolic because it fosters unity,” he told the Cebu-based businessmen.

The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas standard-bearer also acknowledged the effort of the business group and the business sector, in general, because they also bore the brunt of the economic burden at the height of the pandemic.

“I cannot repay you for all your sacrifices by merely expressing my gratitude. Let us continue what we have started positively towards unity to enable us to overcome the crisis that we are facing,” Marcos said.

As this developed, the Marcos-Duterte-Carpio tandem vowed to prioritize policies intended to revive and achieve a healthier environment.

“When disaster strikes, it is the poor, the people least responsible for the destruction of the environment, who suffer the most,” the BBM-Sara Uniteam said in a statement.

“The Philippines is now experiencing severe environmental degradation — mainly in the form of deforestation, soil erosion, disruption of hydrological systems, over-exploitation of fisheries, destruction of coral reefs, and extinction of species.”

“These problems are accentuated by the pressures of a large, fast-growing and impoverished population, and aggravated by climatic change due to the global ‘greenhouse effect.’ Moreover, environmental degradation leads to adverse economic consequences that threaten the Philippines’s prospects for sustainable development in the years ahead.”