Quezon City, Philippines, December 03, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Negros Oriental 1st District Representative Jocelyn S. Limkaichong was among the more than 2,000 runners who finished either three or six kilometers in a “fun” run organized to celebrate martyr Ninoy Aquino’s birthday, “the gift of freedom Filipinos now enjoy,” and support current administration’s race against graft and corruption in the country, University of the Philippines Oval, November 27.
The “fun” run, however, wasn’t all about “fun” for the Congresswoman. For her, it is symbolic of something serious happening in the country today. “Our people are awakened to the bitter realities pervasive graft and corruption have inflicted on our country today – the good thing is, everyone looks inspired to join hands, rally behind and fight this scourge out of our government system, and in our society in general.”
“I was deeply-inspired to see a sea of people running for a worthy cause. This tells us that, indeed, our people, informed, educated, organized and mobilized, will work against evils in our society. They want change and they know they are part of this change!” the Congresswoman, who finished a 3-kilometer run, pointed out.
Seeing the parallelism between the run and this administration’s mantra for Tuwid na Daan, Rep. Limkaichong said: “This tells us that we just need people to organize this fight – just like what this administration has started doing; then everyone, every Filipino who is an important stakeholder in this crusade, has to join hands and run the whole show, and even amid trials and ‘temptations,’ should remain firm in our commitment to finish the race: eradicate, if not minimize, corruption at all levels of our government and society.”
“At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter who won first, or second, or third. What matters most is we are committed to doing the job, and finishing it without taking the shortcuts, or sacrificing our core values and principles to the detriment of our government and our people.”
Rep. Limkaichong urged the current administration to continue instituting reforms in the government, and for the local government units to make these reforms felt by ordinary people. She believes “we can reform our government in the local level.”
The fun run was organized by Friedrich Naumann Stiftung, the UP-National College of Public Administration and Governance, and the Apex, co-sponsored by I am Ninoy-I am Cory Foundation, Adle/Alde, Brooks, Runnr, and San Miguel Corporation. Office of Presidential Adviser on Political Affairs Undersecretary Chito Gascon was present during the event. Musician Noel Cabangon entertained the runners after finishing 3K-6K runs, where he also launched his new song entitled “Ako’y Malaya” ("I am free").
About Congresswoman Jocelyn S. Limkaichong:
The Honorable Congresswoman Jocelyn S. Limkaichong is a seasoned legislator and public servant. An ardent advocate of the Millennium Development Goals, she has championed measures and implemented programs that revolve around, and redound to, social reform and human development, rights of women and children, and good governance. She co-authored the landmark Cheaper and Quality Medicines Law; the General Appropriations Act of 2011; the recently-enacted law Promoting Financial Viability and Fiscal Discipline in Government-Owned and Controlled Corporations; and remains steadfast in rallying behind the immediate passage of House Bill 2687, “An Act Restructuring the Excise Tax on Alcohol and Tobacco Products”. Consistent to her campaign battle-cry – “Heart (of Josy)”: Health, Education, Agriculture, Roads, and Trade and Tourism – she made potable drinking water systems and basic social services more accessible to far-flung villages; conducted regular school feeding programs, sustainable livelihood projects, and institutionalized health and medical care activities; and prudently implemented farm-to-market road projects in her district. A member of the ruling Liberal Party of the Philippines, she is currently serving her second term in the Congress representing the 1st District of Negros Oriental, central Philippines. She is a CPA by profession and was a successful businesswoman before she entered public service. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce, Major in Accounting, from the De La Salle University in Manila, Philippines, with honors.