Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Friday, September 26, 2008

Gordon cites Pinoy’s entrepreneurial spirit

By. Jun Velasco – Manila Bulletin

Hundreds of urban poor and civic leaders and some 1,000 participants of livelihood training seminar thanked Sen. Richard Gordon for “teaching us how to fish” at a well-attended graduation rites of a “livelihood skills Olympics” in Barangay Holy Spirit in Quezon City in the other day.

In extolling the crowd to cultivate self-reliance and the entrepreneurial spirit, Gordon, chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross, rallied the participants from Metro Manila to “be self reliant and productive entrepreneurs and enthusiastically work for yourselves and your countrymen.”

Senior Inspector Roger Moskito, police sub-station commander in the area, estimated the crowd who attended the “Bigay Buhay para sa Bagumbayan” livelihood Olympics at 3,000.

Gordon said his dream is to transform Philippine communities into “a new and strong self-reliant and productive force who will spearhead the country’s socio-economic growth.”

Women’s group leader Joy Belmonte, president of the Quezon City Ladies Foundation, and Barangay Holy Spirit chairperson Estrella C. Valmocina said the 1,000 graduates of the livelihood training exemplify the urban Poor’s desire to be productive.

Senior Supt. Ed Pamittan, Batasan police director, said the participants consisted of Metro Manila’s urban poor, senior citizens, out of school youths from Parola, Tondo, Caloocan and Payatas, QC.

Political Science Prof. Jose De Vera of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines said “the former mayor of Olongapo City has a program of transforming the broad masses into productive village leaders.”

Gordon said “our countrymen do not like to live on alms or pity, because they are, by their birthright, creative, fruitful, versatile and effective workers” even as he urged the public and non-government leaders to help the poor not through dole outs but by being models of self reliance and productive leadership.”

“We seek to enable to ennoble our countrymen stand on their own, in still pride in themselves and a sense of accomplishment,” he said.

The senator lauded the participants in health and wellness courses, food processing, beauty culture, recycling technology, home bakeshop, candle making courses and call center training.

It will be recalled that Gordon transformed Olongapo city into a model city in urban renewal in 1980 which became templates for cities around the country like marikina, Cebu, Davao and Naga.

When the Americans left Subic, then Chairman Gordon resuscitated the community through the spirit of volunteerism and protected and sustained the $8 billion Subic facility left by the Americans. When he was tourism secretary, Gordon crafted the slogan “Wow Philippines” and has been a beckon light for Philippine – made products and succeeded in making the country a top tourist destination.

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