By Ellson Quismorio
House Speaker and former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo received a P1.1-million donation from Cebu businessmen over the weekend for the earthquake victims in Pampanga.
Arroyo said she will use the money, which was given to her in a turnover ceremony in Cebu Friday, to rebuild the houses that were destroyed during the earthquake.
At least nine people were killed in Porac and Lubao towns in Pampanga after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake hit parts of Luzon last April 22.
Arroyo commended the quick response of the local government unit and the National Resilience Council, which hit the ground running within the first hour after the earthquake struck parts of Pampanga, particularly the second district.
She said that the quick response strategy is a model that should be carried out in the entire country during times of emergency.
While in Cebu, Arroyo also conducted an inspection in the 36-kilometer Naga Highway, which was built during her presidency in 2006. The road connected the east of Cebu to the west, from Naga to Toledo City which spurred growth in the area.
Her visit was part of her “sentimental journey” to her favorite projects during her presidency.
Arroyo served as president from 2001 to 2010. She then was elected three times as representative of Pampanga’s 2nd district.
When asked what she would do after her political career, she said: “I’ll write my memoirs.”
On the occasion of her 72nd birthday last April 5, Arroyo said during a speech in her hometown of Lubao she would be taking up the position of the consultant of the Pampanga provincial government once her term in the House of Representatives ends in June 2019.