Olongapo SubicBay BatangGapo Newscenter

Friday, October 03, 2008

Gordon shares secrets with traders

Civic leaders and participants of a livelihood training seminar expressed gratitude to Senator Richard Gordon for “teaching them how to fish.”

Gordon, chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross, rallied the participants from various places of Metro Manila to “become self-reliant and productive entrepreneurs and enthusiastically work not only for yourselves but for our countrymen as well.”

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 economic growth.

Women’s group leader Joy Belmonte, president of the Quezon City Ladies Foundation, and Barangay Holy Spirit chairman Estrella Valmocina said the l,000 graduates of the livelihood training exemplify the urban poor’s desire to be productive and self-reliant.

Col. Ed Pamittan, Batasan police director, said the livelihood training participants consisted of Metro Manila’s urban poor, senior citizens, out-of-school youths from Parola, Tondo, Caloocan and Payatas, Quezon City.

Maj. Roger Moskito, sub-station commander, estimated the crowd who attended the livelihood olympics at 3,000.

Political Science Prof. Jose “Pepe” 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.”

The senator lauded the livelihood participants in health and wellness courses, food processing, non-food processing, beauty culture, recycling technology, home bakeshop, candle-making courses and call center training. He referred to them as ‘‘fair hopes of the fatherland.’’

Gordon is known for transforming Olongapo City into a model of urban renewal in l980 and which became the template for cities such as Marikina, Cebu, Davao and Naga. Manila Standard Today

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