FORMER President-turned Speaker Gloria Macapagal is set to go around the country to visit the beneficiaries of her housing proclamations as one of her last acts as public servant.
In her speech during her visit in Brgy. Northbay Boulevard South-Proper in Navotas City over the weekend, Arroyo said since she is retiring from public service, she found it fitting to visit once more the recipients of her housing proclamations to check on their condition and make sure that they get all the rights and benefits under the law.
“Ako naman magga-graduate na -- magga-graduate talaga sa public service. Kaya ang inisip ko, eto sa mga huling plan ng aking pagiging public servant, gusto kong libutin yung mga paborito kong mga proyekto,” said Mrs. Arroyo.
Mrs. Arroyo also facilitated the conduct of a medical mission for the residents with the help of the Department of Health. She was accompanied by Navotas Mayor John Rey Tiangco and Vice Mayor Clint Geronimo.
She pointed out that the more than 800 families in Northbay Boulevard South Proper were among the recipients of the earlier presidential proclamations she issued (PP No. 255 dated September 12, 2002) and the Free Patent Law she signed in 2010.
“Kaya kayo, bilang isa namang unang nakinabang sa Proclamation na hinabilin ko sa aking pag-iisip mula pa noong panahon ng tatay ko, at unang unang nakinabang sa Free Patent law. Ako'y nasisiyahan na maganda ang inyong kalagayan dito,” Mrs. Arroyo stressed. Mrs. Arroyo issued a total of 118 presidential proclamations awarding land titles to urban poor communities all over the country during her presidency.
She had so far visited the housing communities in Brgys. Sitio Pajo, Baesa, Quezon City, Escopa also in Quezon City and Scout Ranger 1-A in Lower Bicutan, Taguig City.
The Speaker also pointed out that in the early years of her presidency, she conducted a dialogue with urban poor leaders and they had told her that the most important thing for them was to attain land security.
“Noong ako'y naging Pangulo, 2001 yun, nagkaroon ako ng dialogue sa mga maralitang tagalungsod. Tinanong ko sa maralitang tagalungsod, ‘ano ang inyong pinakahangarin?’ Hindi ko makalimutan ang mga salitang sinabi ninyo: “Gusto naming ang katiyakan sa lupang tinitirikan."Yung ang inyong hiningi. Kaya iyon ang sinabi ko, "Sige, sa maralitang taga-lungsod, iyan ang gagawin ko sa aking pagka-Pangulo—katiyakan sa lupang tinitirikan," she told the crowd.