Aquino: ‘Late DILG Chief Robredo had the vision for the relocation plan’ for informal settlers

Friday, February 21st, 2014. Filed under: Philippine News
President Benigno S. Aquino III tours and inspects the facilities of the Estero de San Miguel Micro Medium-Rise Building (mMRB) Model Unit at the Claro M. Recto High School in Barangay 412, Zone 42, Legarda Street, Sampaloc, Manila City on Wednesday (February 19, 2014). (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III tours and inspects the facilities of the Estero de San Miguel Micro Medium-Rise Building (mMRB) Model Unit at the Claro M. Recto High School in Barangay 412, Zone 42, Legarda Street, Sampaloc, Manila City on Wednesday (February 19, 2014). (MNS photo)

MANILA (Mabuhay) — President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Wednesday it was the vision of the late Department Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo where “the relocation plan for informal settlers” came from.

During the inauguration of the Estero de San Miguel Micro Medium-Rise building for 167 informal settler families at the Claro M. Recto High School in Sampaloc, Manila, the President recalled the late public official’s vision.

Umpisahan natin kay Jesse Robredo. Siya ho ang nagkaroon ng vision,” President Aquino said. “Siya rin ang nagpakita ng nagawa niya sa Naga, at siya rin ang naglakas-loob na noong panahon na puro problema ang inaani ng inyong pamahalaan eh nagsabing, ‘Masosolusyunan natin ito. Kailangang lang natin ng P50 billion.’

Sabi ko, ‘Jess, ang dami namang zero ang kailangan mo,’” he added.

The President recalled that it was Robredo who pushed for a relocation plan despite the fact that there were other priorities the government had to tackle with.

Isipin ho n’yo, naglalakas-loob siya, marami tayong prayoridad pero isama na rin natin ito: ten billion a year, five years ho ang ginagawang plano noong panahon na ‘yon,” President Aquino said.

Siyempre, mula sa inspirasyon at magiging aktuwal, marami ho tayong dadaanang proseso,” he added.

Robredo, regarded as one of the most beloved public servants in the history of the country, died in a plane crash in Masbate in 2012 on his way to Naga City to watch a competition where his daughter was participating.

His body was found in the sea three days after the plane crash happened on Aug. 18, 2012.

Before he was appointed as DILG chief by President Aquino, he served six terms as mayor of Naga City in Camarines Sur since 1998. (MNS)

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