While DTI Secretary in the year 2000, Mar brought the IT-BPO industry to the Philippines. In 2016, it is expected to generate 1.3-Million jobs locally and account for 9 percent of the country’s gross domestic product.
In 2006, the Philippines was second only to Japan in having the highest medicine prices in Asia. Senator Mar fought the big companies by lobbying for the enactment of the Cheaper Medicines law.
DILG Secretary Mar spearheaded programs that have resulted in a drastic reduction in crime rate (Oplan Lambat Sibat), increased crime fighting capacities (patrol jeeps and CCTVs), and efficient police work procedures (e-blotters and data science).
The country has experienced a renaissance unlike any other. Before 2010, the Philippines was Asia's sick man. After five years, the Aquino administration has steered us back to the right path. Today, we must not back-track but fast-forward our gains. Here are just some of them:
Secretary of Interior and Local Government Mar Roxas joined Secretary of Science and Technology Mario Montejo for a test ride of the Hybrid Road Train during the opening ceremonies of the Department of Science of Technology’s (DOST) National Science and... Continue Reading →