Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said that while the nation marked the 121st anniversary of independence from foreign rule yesterday, the fight for freedom from the bondage of poverty continues.
“The biggest problem of our country today is still poverty
There is so much imbalance in the distribution of wealth,” he said at the Independence Day ritesheld at the Capitol park in Bacolod City.
However, if everyone unites as officials of the province did in the last elections, much can be achieved to ensure progress for the people of Negros, the governor said.
He also stressed the importance of ensuring peace for change to happen.
As he concludes his more than 50 years in government service, Marañon said he would like to thank God for all the blessings he has given him and the province.
In an interview, the governor said his leaving government service does not mean he will stop working for the good of Negros.
As long as he is still breathing, he will continue working, serving and inspiring, he said.
He called on Negrenses to support the administration of governor-elect Eugenio Jose Lacson.
Lacson, in his independence day message, spoke of the bravery and sacrifices of the Filipino people in the fight for independence.
“My ardent hope in this commemoration of freedom is that we claim tapang (bravery) and malasakit (sacrifice) in full and that hand in hand we move forward as a free people,” he said.
The Negros Occidental Singing Ambassadors led in the prayer and the singing of the Philippine National Anthem, the Negros Occ. High School Brass Band accompanied the singing of the Negros Hymn, while the Boy Scouts of the Philippines – Negros Occ. Council, led in the Panunumpa sa Watawat ng Pilipinas.
A tableau on the Philippine independence was also performed by the students of Colegio San Agustin – Bacolod.
Marañon and Lacson also turned over a check for P500,000 to the Girls Scouts of the Philippines – Negros Occ. Chapter, as part of the celebration.*
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