Defensor eyes more progress in Iloilo in second term as governor

Published June 29, 2022, 9:34 AM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. (center) takes his oath for his second term during a June 28 ceremony. He is joined by his father, former Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor Sr. (left) and his wife Ma. Michaela Camacho-Defensor. (Tara Yap)
ILOILO CITY — Reelected Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. eyes more progress in Iloilo in his second term as it gears to step up its economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“We want to be resurgent because this administration of the province, including those of the municipalities, is a recovery administration. We are still recovering from the pandemic,” said Defensor in his second inaugural address Tuesday, June 28.

The Iloilo governor cited a report from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) that showed the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of Iloilo fell short of nine percent.

To address the slump, Defensor is banking on his agenda dubbed as “MoReProgGRes” — Movement for a Resurgent, Progressive, Globally competitive, and Resilient province of Iloilo.

“We cannot make promises when we lay down the foundation of a new administration. But we can give direction to the province,” added Defensor.

“MoReProgGRes is anchored on five major objectives: Increase investments and employment opportunities; attain food security by maximizing rice production and adding value to agricultural products; improved access to health and social services; promote public safety; and continue efficient and transparent governance.”

Sen. Juan Edgardo “Sonny” Angara administered the oath of Defesnor and other provincial officials.