Privilege Speech Hon.

Carmen Rita Monfort-Bautista Sanguniang Panlalawigan 2nd Regular Session 09 July 2013 Honorable Vice Governor Tupas, Honorable Members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Fellow Public Servants, Members of the Press, Friends, Family, and Fellow Ilonggos, maayong hapon sa inyo tanan. The campaign period was a roller coaster ride for me. It had its ups and downs. Up, because I got to travel around the 4th District. Up, because familiar and unfamiliar faces greeted me with glee. Up, because I got to see how blessed I am to have a father, who loved his country the way he did. Down, because it showed me the state of the district up close. Down, because along the way, we had to make political alignments, and in the process, take sides and face friends as opponents in the campaign. I extend my hand in friendship to all of them. Let me share some of the values I have learned along the way: 1. The value of Prayer. Everything begins and ends with a prayer. With all the chaos around us, we all need time to contemplate and reflect. Prayer helps us find our path. 2. The value of Service. The projects sown by our predecessors now bear fruit. That what you do now will affect the future. That there is always something to share: a story, a smile, a hug, and a listening heart. 3. The value of Teamwork. Everyone has a role. Though we are divided by political parties, we all share the same passion to serve. We all belong to one team… the team that will bring Iloilo to the glory that she deserves. I am CARMEN RITA MONFORT-BAUTISTA, an UPRIGHT and YOUTHFUL VISIONARY LEADER who will continue the Monfort-brand of Public Service. Just like my father Narcing, I will work with CONSTITUENTS WHO SEEK AND ARE WILLING TO DRIVE GENUINE CHANGE through needed IT INFRASTRUCTURE, quality EDUCATION, character-building SPORTING EVENTS, and meaningful HEALTH and LIVELIHOOD PROGRAMS. Times have changed but with THE SAME PASSION TO SERVE, with the help from Our Lord Almighty, and with your kind cooperation, my colleagues in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, I will do my utmost best to deliver MORE APPROPRIATE, TIMELY AND RELEVANT SOLUTIONS to uplift the lives of our fellow-Ilonggos.

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