UP Mindanao, you have called me and I have come!
It is always a happy pleasure to come to greet my brothers and sisters in the UP campus wherever that may be. That's why I came over here from Manila personally just to deliver this speech and I will return to Manila today.
No matter how brilliant the students of UP are, there is always room for more education. So allow me to share with you some pick up lines.
Kailangan mo ba ng tutor? Bakit? Pwede kitang turuan na mahalin ako!
Gusto mo bang ibili kita ng salbabida? Bakit? Kasi baka malunod ka sa pagmamahal ko!
Pwede na ba kitang tubusin? Bakit? Ang laki na kasi ng interest ko sa iyo!
Kung maging subject ka sana ikaw ang pinaka-mahirap. Bakit? Para sa iyo lang ako babagsak!
I would like to talk about research and development for inclusive growth.
All candidates eloquently promise inclusive growth but stutter when asked to explain it. The answer is simple. We must invest in people. We need to educate them. Take care of their health and feed them so that they will becomes productive members of a growing workforce. Only by investing in people can you truly make growth inclusive.
Education will be a cornerstone of my administration. We will educate the poor by institutionalizing traditional cash transfer programs including a provision that expands its coverage to include beneficiaries aged fifteen to eighteen. We will bridge the classroom gap both to increase public investment and improve private participation to the public-private partnership program.
We continue to support the K-12 program and also make sure that it is in sync with our efforts in the technical, vocational education and training.
However, a recent research study in the University of the Philippines found that we must complement education with research and development, in order to make our human capital highly competitive and ready for take off for economic growth.
I wholeheartedly adopt UP's proposal of investing more heavily in R&D. The first budget proposal we will submit to Congress will have R&D allocation equivalent to one percent of the Gross Domestic Product, which we will steadily increase to two percent of GDP by our last year in office.
Key areas for investment will include
-agriculture, particularly for the development of farming technologies and crop varieties which will help the sector cope with disasters and climate change.
-manufacturing and micro, small, and medium enterprises, particularly for the production of more high-value products from agricultural raw materials
-health, particularly to improve strategies for diseases like HIV-AIDS
-renewable energy, to help address the country's power needs and achieve goals of reduced carbon emissions
-environment, climate change, and disasters, particularly hazard mapping, the development of early-warning systems, and biodiversity protection.
As senator I have filed several bills aimed at creating an environment conducive to innovation and fostering collaboration among the government, the private sector, the academe, and research institutions.
Unfortunately, these bills have languished at the committee level. Once elected, I will shepherd the following into approval:
(Ang tagal! Pag nanalo akong presidente..!)
-the scientific communications act which seeks to train scientists and researchers to better relay the results of their endeavors to policy-making
-the research and development efficiency act, which seeks to establish under the Office of the President, a research and development support committee to review regulations affecting research and development, and
-the international science and technology cooperation act, which seeks to establish, under the National Academy of Science and Technology, a committee that will identify or coordinate with international partners for science and technology
We will revise procedures on government acquisition of scientific equipment and the audit of R&D, research and development expenditures.
The human research arms of all government agencies related to R&D will also be better trained to hire and retain scientists and researchers. In order to invite Filipino scientists and researchers abroad to come home, we will increase the salaries and provide additional incentives for experts and specialists. We will also improve the work environment of Filipino scientists, not only to retain them but also to improve the quality of their product.
With a strong R&D sector we can once and for all stop depending on advanced economies to solve our problems.
Gusto ko lang magtanong ngayon, maari ang sagot nandoon sa Metro Manila, bakit pag nag survey tungkol sa presidentiables, pag tinanong ang mga kabataan, sinong gusto mo maging presidente ng Pilipinas, from north to south, east and west, I'm always number one. Pero, pag nagpa-survey ang mga commercial firms, yung binabayaran, wala man lang ako doon. Nakaka-sama ng loob.
I learned today that I have placed number two in a survey by Radio Veritas. How can I place number two in a nationwide survey by Veritas if, according to the commercial surveys, I do not exist?
Gusto ko lang mag-tanong. Kitang-kita natin na bago ang official campaign period, marami ng advertisement sa telebisyon ang ibang kandidato ng pakga-presidente. Alam mo, ang isang advertisement sa tv for three seconds is half a million. Saan nila kinuha pera nila? Hindi pa nga sila nag-umpisa nagna-nakaw na!
Kaya ako, nagdadasal na lang sa Diyos na kung ayaw pa Niya akong kunin, sana bigyan Niya ako ng kapangyarihan para makulong ko ang lahat nitong mga corrupt na ito.
The first act of my administration will be to ask the Ombudsman to now conduct a thorough investigation of all cases involving pork barrel particularly PDAF.
I have no doubt that the Filipino, with Divine Guidance, can make anything possible. For, as the poet said, "God moves in a mysterious way, He has wonders to perform, he plants his footsteps in the sea and rides upon the storm, deep in the unfathomable minds with never-failing skill, he offers up his bright designs and works his sovereign will."
Thank you! May God bless you!