“Let’s get ready to rumble”, with this familiar statement heard typically at the start of his fights, Philippines boxing icondelivered his first privilege speech as a lawmaker.
In his speech, he laid down his plans for his constituents in Sarangani Province. He said that he will focus on livelihood, education and access. He said that he considers his stint as a lawmaker as his biggest fight.
As part of his preparations, he enrolled at the Development Academy of the Philippines for development legislation and governance and reads laws, local and national policies and studied the plans and policies in Sarangani which is one of the poorest provinces in the Philippines, he noted.
Pacquiao said like his constituents, he himself suffered hunger, homelessness and inability to go to school due to poverty. Now that he has reaped “a tremendous harvest of success” he said, “It is time to use it for the good of others.” “To whom much is given, much is required, and quoting a popular line from Spider Man comic series, with great power, comes great responsibility”
His plans for Sarangani include diversification of income sources, instead of relying on fishing, his constituents must learn to improve production, post-harvest and marketing processes for rice, corn, coconut and cooperative coffee farming. He said he wants to establish their own provincial hospital and continuous educational upgrading and coordinate with Technical Education and Skill Development Authority (TESDA) and put up Placement Assistance Coordination and Manpower Assessment Network Centers. He wants Sarangani to be accessible to the rest of the country.
As his final message, he asks his colleagues to uplift the standard of their profession and work together to get the first gold medal in the Olympic for the Philippines (KBK, GMANews.TV).