Gordon all smiles as he heads to Iloilo
Senator Richard J. Gordon headed to the province of Iloilo to participate in the final day of his Visayas campaign stops.
Gordon, who was well-received in nearby Cebu on Thursday, expressed optimism in a positive reception from the Ilonggos as a guest candidate in the Robredo-Pangilinan slate.
“We thank our Cebuano friends for an extremely warm welcome in our visit to the Queen City of the South, for they have been appreciating our efforts in the Senate and in the Philippine Red Cross,” said Gordon.
“Ngayon ay makikipagkita tayo sa ating kababayang mga Ilonggo, na ating layunin ay makapagbigay ng ngiti sa kanilang mga labi, at mapatunayan rin natin na hindi natin sila napabayaan,” he continued.
Gordon arrived on Friday morning at the Iloilo International Airport straight from Cebu, and immediately went into business as he swept through several towns.
The lawmaker briefly addressed supporters in Concepcion, before moving to Ajuy and Passi before thousands of supporters.
Following stops in Pototan and Sta. Barbara, Gordon's stay concluded in Iloilo City in Robredo-Pangilinan's People's Rally at the Sports Complex there.
As esteemed lawmaker and PRC volunteer-chairman, Gordon's contributions were recognized by the Ilonggo voters when he garnered over 340,000 votes in the province.
“We remember the love that we got from the voters, and we want to repay that with continued public service, whether it be through lawmaking or the Red Cross,” mentioned Gordon.
During the pandemic, the Passi Molecular Laboratory has served thousands of individuals through swab and saliva tests, complementing the already-existing Disaster Management, Logistics, and Training Center, which was built at a cost of Php 38 million.
In partnership with the British Red Cross, Gordon was able to build 6,609 houses for residents that have been devastated by Typhoon Yolanda, and thousands more stemming from earlier storms.
A total of 5,688 households were accorded livelihood assistance, helping the most vulnerable recover from a serious blow in their lives.
Education was also given priority when 34 classrooms were built from the PRC, and three more through his lawmaking duties.
During his stint as tourism secretary, Gordon promoted the province as a premier destination, highlighting beautiful historic buildings and the popular Dinagyang festival, among others.