Former Special Assistant to the President (SAP) and 2019 senatorial bet Bong Go has bared his plans to further boost the government’s program to provide quality education for all Filipinos.

Go made the statement in his message during the general assembly of the scholars of Batangas First District Rep. Eileen Ermita-Buhain (EEB Scholars) at the Balayan Covered Court in Balayan, Batangas.

“Gusto kong isulong ang pagbibigay ng mas maraming suporta sa edukasyon. Isusulong kong magbibigay ang pamahalaan ng libreng school supplies, uniforms, at ibang kagamitan sa paaralan,” the former presidential aide said.

Go came from Lipa City where he was with other senatorial candidates under the banner of the Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) for their kickoff rally. The former SAP—who traces his ancestry in Batangas—received the support of the province’s leaders and residents.

The audience in Balayan gave him an equally warm reception, giving him a standing ovation after he was introduced. However, Go said it was not necessary.

“Wag po kayong tumayo sa akin, ako po ay isang ordinary public servant lang po,” he said.

“Ang dugo ko po ay Batangueñong Bisaya,” added Go, telling the audience that his grandparents are members of the Tesoro clan of the province who decided to migrate to Davao.

Explaining the programs he envisions for education, he said these are meant to help realize the initiatives President Rodrigo Duterte has started for the sector.

“Ipagpapatuloy ko po ang mga pagbabagong nasimulan ni Pangulong Duterte,” Go stressed.

“Mahalaga po kay Pangulong Duterte na makapagbigay ng libreng edukasyon para sa ating mga kabataan,” he added.

Among others, Go had earlier proposed an increase in the salary of public school teachers and additional funding for the Department of Education in the annual General Appropriations Act for the provision of free uniforms, school supplies, and other equipment in public elementary and secondary schools.

“Maganda po na may libreng matrikula na binibigay na ang gobyerno pero ipaglalaban ko rin na mabigyan kayo ng libreng kagamitan pang-eskwela para mas maraming makapagtapos ng pag-aaral,” he added.

Stressing that he fully supports the campaign of President Duterte against illegal drugs, criminality, and corruption, Go appealed in particular to the EEB scholars to stay away from illegal drugs.

“Layuan nyo po ang droga, may kemikal iyan na nakakasira sa utak ninyo. At isa lamang miyembro ng pamilya ng malulong sa droga, apektado na po ang buong pamilya,” he pointed out.

Go said that in running for the Senate he would strive to bring our people genuine service that is the hallmark of the Duterte administration.

“In running for the Senate, I will strive to bring our people genuine service.”

“Antayin nyo na lang po ang serbisyong tatak Duterte. Wala po kaming ibang hangarin ni Pangulong Duterte kundi kabutihan ng bawat Pilipino dahil mahal namin kayo,” he said.

Go said his legislative agenda also covers programs on agriculture, housing, long-term sports development, fire protection and prevention, localized peace talks, barangay welfare, the creation of an overseas Filipino workers department, and improved benefits for senior citizens.

He said the Filipino people can be assured that he would still serve as their bridge to the President.

“The Filipino people can be assured I would serve as their bridge to President Duterte.”

“Asahan nyo po, patuloy ninyo akong magiging tulay kay Pangulong Duterte,” Go said.

But being a Batangueño, he said he would do everything he could to help the province and its people.

“Wag po kayong mag-alala malapit po sa puso ko ang Batangas. Tutulungan ko po ang mga taga-Batangas sa abot ng aking makakaya,” Go said.

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