THE massive infrastructure and industrialization program of the late President Ferdinand E. Marcos in his 20 years as President was hailed as the only pro-Filipino, in form and substance.
“The enduring legacy of President Ferdinand Marcos bequeathed to the Filipino people is unrivalled and unequalled by the five presidents who succeeded him. His socio-economic accomplishments from 1965-1986 as President to sustain our top position as the number one nation in Southeast Asia -- second only to Japan -- has never been equalled by the presidents who succeeded him -- Cory Aquino, Fidel V. Ramos, Joseph Estrada, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Benigno Aquino III.”
This said by members of the Marcos for President Movement; Sandigan ng Mamamayan Para sa Kalayaan, Katipunan ng Makabayang Pilipino, Kabataan Sandigan at Gabay ng Pilipino, Alyansa ng Mamamayang Galing sa Lahing Pilipino, and the Youth for Marcos for President Movement,
The groups said the late Strongman of Asia’s legacy continues to be enjoyed by the present and future generations of Filipinos.
He built hospitals -- Heart Center of the Philippines, The National Kidney Center, Philippine Lung Center, National Children's Hospital, cultural and tourism sites, Cultural Center of the Philippines, Philippine International Convention Center, Manila International Airport (NAIA), Folk Arts Theater, The Manila Planetarium, Rizal Park (Luneta), Calauit Safari Farm in Palawan, Golden Mosque for Muslims, Manila Film Center, Coconut Palace, and other hotels and resorts all over the archipelago.
He built dignified houses for the poor which are even bigger than today’s condos -- BLISS housing and tenement houses.
He built 20 power plants including the Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (1983), Leyte Geothermal Power Plant (1977), Makiling Banahaw Geothermal Power Plant (1979), Tiwi Geothermal Power Plant ((1980), Angat Hydrom Electric Power Plant ((1967), Kalayaan Hydro Electric Power Plant (1982), Pantabangan Hydro Electric Power Plant (1977, Calaca Coal Power Plant (1984), Cebu Thermal Power Plant (1981), Angus 2,Angus 3, Angus 4, Angus 5, Angus 6 Power Plants (1977-1985), Palinpinon 1 South Negros Geothermal (1983), Masiway Hydro Electric Power Plant (1980) and many diesel plants.
The groups noted that the five presidents who succeeded him did not build a single power plant in the combined 26 years (1986 to present) they were in power, which led to the present unsustainable fluctuating and high electricity rates. The Philippines has one of the highest electricity cost per kilowatt hour in Asia.
Marcos knew the value of education and investing in human development .
He built 37 national high schools and more than 50 national state colleges and universities. He built and created TESDA, formerly known as the National Manpower and Youth Council, and the University of Life.
Marcos completed bridges totalling 11, 472 meters long, including the famous San Juanico Bridge and hundreds other bridges less than one meter long.
The five presidents who succeeded him including the administration of President Aquino built bridges totalling 7,441 meters.
Marcos built the NLEX and the SLEX, which were the first in South East Asia.
Marcos decreed the creation of the POEA, Pag-ibig Fund, PAGASA, Pagcor, National Home Mortgaged and Finance Corporation, Malampaya Fund, export zones under the Philippine Export Zone Authority (PEZA), Board of Investments to promote foreign investments and pioneering industries, Philippine Deposit Insurance Corporation (PDIC), the MTRB, the National Cottage Industry Authority (NACIDA) that promotes small and micro industries, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), and many others to better serve the plight of the ordinary Filipinos.
Marcos only spent P486.63 billion in 20 years for all the massive infrastructure we see today compared to Cory who spent P1.1 trillion in six years (1986-1992), Fidel Ramos who spent P2 to 23 trillion (1992-1996), Aquino’s budget of P10.33 trillion including his P2.6 trillion budget for 2015.