During the formulation of the Executive Legislative Agenda and Capacity Development Agenda held on July 25 at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Quezon City, Governor Juanito Victor C. Remulla briefly talked about his childhood, his renewed attitude towards leadership and governance, and how Cavite will keep advancing for the next 40 years.
‘I grew up in a house with my father as a governor for 14 years, I never really understood what ‘governor’ meant… [He] would leave the house at 6AM and come home at 11PM, and he would never talk to us. So on a coaching perspective, it’s very limited on my part”, said the governor before the newly elected Cavite provincial board members, department and unit heads, and delegates of participating national agencies.
When he first entered politics in 1995 as Board Member up to his term as Vice Governor, he recalled it was a hostile environment marred by varying views from opposing parties. Those years proved to be a time for learning as it made him realize what and how governance should be.
“If you distill governance, if you distill leadership, you’re only here for one purpose. It is really only to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, that is the only thing that matters. Whether the lives of the people who are from the very low meet halfway to those who are at the very top”
He insisted that the purpose of this workshop is to create synchrony of what needs to be done and how it should be carried out, and a new direction can be expected for the province. The provincial government will no longer concentrate on small-scale projects, and instead, move on to macro-level programs so as to cope with the biggest challenges and to continue moving forward for the coming three to four decades. There will be infrastructure projects such as construction of additional roads for traffic-congested roadways and modernization of the public transportation. He also mentioned the creation of a solid waste management plan as a collective solution for all cities and municipalities, and a sustainable peace and order plan for the continuous development of the province.
As the governor ended, “Let this day be the beginning that 20 years from now, they’re going to say that there was a day that everything was planned for the province… Let it begin today and let it begin with us.”