Binay rival loses backers

January 22, 2019
Abby Binay

Peña allies declare support for Team Performance of Mayor Abby, former VP Binay.

A GROUP of residents led by former Kagawad (councilwoman) Angie Reyes of Barangay Bangkal has declared its support for Team Performance headed by Mayor Abby Binay and her father, former Vice President Jejomar Binay, who is running for Congressman of the first district.

Reyes and her companions were known allies of former acting mayor Kid Peña who is running opposite VP Binay in the May elections.

Speaking for the group, Reyes said they have unanimously agreed to support the entire ticket of Team Performance because they recognized the positive changes throughout the city made by the incumbent administration. At the same time, they felt strongly that the former vice president will very capably represent them in Congress and promote their best interest.

“Nasaksihan at naranasan namin ang maraming mga positibong pagbabagong naisagawa ng kasalukuyang administrasyon ni Mayora Abby. Kinasasabikan naming makita ang kaganapan ng isinusulong niyang digital transformation ng Makati. Kumpiyansa kaming matutupad ito dahil sa kanyang makabago at progresibong pamumuno,” Reyes said. (We have seen and actually experienced the many positive changes brought about by the current administration of Mayor Abby. We are excited to see the full digital transformation of Makati. We are confident it will materialize because of her innovative and progressive brand of leadership.)

“Bilang aming Congressman, si VP Binay ay may kakayahang maging boses namin sa Kongreso. Itinanghal siyang isa sa mga pinakamahusay na Mayor sa buong mundo, at binago niya ang tradisyunal na papel ng Bise Presidente ng bansa dahil sa kanyang natatanging sipag at dedikasyon sa serbisyo publiko. Malaking bentahe rin na isa siyang abogado,” Reyes stated. (With VP Binay as our Congressman, we will have an authoritative voice in Congress. He was named among the world’s best mayors, and he redefined the traditional role of the Vice President with his passion and dedication to public service. His being a lawyer is also a big plus.)

Reyes pointed out that the former Makati mayor pioneered many initiatives in his time that continue to serve as models to other local government units, and to inspire excellence in other local leaders at present.  These include the Makati Health Program (Yellow Card), the Blu Card for senior citizens, Project FREE (Free Relevant Excellent Education), and many other exemplary social programs.

The former barangay official also complimented Mayor Abby for being a “hands-on leader”.

“Naglalaan si Mayora Abby ng panahon para personal niyang makasalamuha ang kanyang constituents sa aming mismong komunidad, kahit pa weekend, upang makinig sa aming mga problema at agad makapagbigay ng kasagutan o solusyon. Mas nakilala na siya ng mga residente dahil sa kanyang direktang pakikipag-ugnayan sa amin,” she stated.  (Mayor Abby takes the time to meet her constituents face-to-face right in their own neighborhood, even on weekends, just so she could listen to their concerns and provide immediate answers or solutions. Residents have come to know her better because of her direct interactions with us.)

In 2018, the mayor was able to hold dialogs with residents of 32 out of 33 barangays, including the six villages, at least twice within the year.

“Natutunan na naming pahalagahan ang kanyang mga pagsisikap na mapanumbalik ang disiplina at kaayusan sa mga lansangan, lalo na’t nararanasan na namin ang ginhawa ng paglalakad at pagmamaneho nang walang mga sagabal sa daan,” Reyes added. (We have learned to appreciate her efforts to restore discipline and order on our streets, as we experience the convenience of walking and driving without having to avoid obstructions.)

“Isang napakahusay na lider si Mayora Abby. Bukod sa ipinagpatuloy niya ang mga magagandang simulain ng kanyang ama, dinagdagan niya pa ito ng kanyang mga sariling inisyatiba na lalong nakakapagpaganda sa buhay sa Makati,” Reyes concluded.

Digital initiatives launched in 2017 through Public Private Partnership (PPP) ventures include the Makatizen Card and Free Wifi Project of Makati. As of December 2018, over 53,500 Makatizen Cards were distributed to qualified residents, and the free wifi project has covered 13 barangays.

Makati was also named Champion City in eGov Digital Finance Empowerment (G2P) at the First Digital Cities Awards, and won the Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award 2018 at the 38th Esri User Conference held in California.

The mayor’s achievements mirror her father’s achievements. During VP Binay’s term as mayor for over two decades until 2010, Makati gained international prominence when the Yellow Card was named a “Best Practice” by the Dubai International Award 2002.

In 2004, the Asian Institute of Management (AIM) named Makati the “Most Dynamic City”, and listed it as one of the Top 5 Most Competitive Cities (Metro Classification) in 2005.

With its pioneering social programs, including the Blu Card program that pampers senior citizens with cash gifts, free movies, and other benefits that far exceed the provisions of the national law, Makati was ranked second only to Japan in the Human Development Index (HDI) in a 2002 study conducted by the Policy Center of the AIM, outranking Malaysia, China and Indonesia.

Binay was also ranked fourth in the Top Ten World Mayors in 2006. The biennial award organized by the City Mayors Foundation aims to raise the profile of mayors worldwide, honoring those who have served with excellence and dedication, and spurred the overall growth and development of their cities.

As Vice President of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016, Binay came to be known as the “Working Vice President”, successfully breaking out of the proverbial “spare tire” label attached to the VP post. With characteristic excellence and dedication, he served multiple posts that gave him the opportunity to help the poor and marginalized sectors. Among these were Presidential Adviser on OFW (Overseas Filipino Workers) Concerns, and Chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordination Council (HUDCC).

Last year, VP Binay was conferred the prestigious Bronze Wolf Award by the World Scout Committee for his exemplary leadership and service at all levels of Scouting.