NAGA CITY, May 27 (PNA) -- Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas II relived the "Mr. Palengke" brand when he visited this city early Tuesday morning, shaking hands, exchanging banter and inquiring about prices of goods with vendors at the Naga City Supermarket.
Mum on his prospects in the 2016 presidential race, Roxas said "Mr. Palengke" did not disappear and always sees to it that he visits the market wherever he goes as he believes the market is the center of whatever place.
He said that in his visit to the market in Naga City, he was able to know that the prices of commodities are average, like milkfish priced at P90 per kilo while pork is a bit expensive here.
Roxas said he was told by the vendors that there is a shortage of hogs so the pork is relatively expensive and asked Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala and Presidential Assistant on Food Security Francis Pangilinan about the reason why there is a shortage of hog here.
He said he was told that the price per kilo of live weight for hogs runs from P135 to P150, which could be translated into P200 per kilo.
Roxas said that with the expensive pork prices, he advised consumers to buy fish instead which, he said, is cheaper and healthier.
The DILG secretary was here to grace the 56th birth anniversary of the late Jesse M. Robredo who died in a plane crash on Aug. 18, 2012, together with the pilot and co-pilot, off the coast of Masbate City.
He also attended the Mass in honor of Robredo at the Basilica Minore and then laid wreath, accompanied by Rep. Leni Robredo and her family, at Sto. Niño Memorial Park.
Roxas also talked fondly about Robredo, who was his friend, as one person who strive to make a decent living and impart the practice of people’s participation in governance and transparency.
“Jesse left the earth better than when he came,” he told the crowd in a program held in a hotel here after the wreath-laying ceremony at Robredo’s tomb.
Roxas also distributed the so-called funds awarded to the local government units who were awarded the Seal of Good Housekeeping: for the province of Camarines Norte, P7 million; Naga City - P3 million; Iriga City - P3 million; and P1 million each for the municipalities.
The towns of Del Gallego, Bombon, Canaman, Gaiza, Magarao, Milaor and Tigaon in Camarines Sur and the towns of Basud, Jose Panganiban, Mercedes, Paracale, San Lorenzo Ruiz, San Vicente, Sta. Elena, Talisay and Capalonga in Camarines Norte were given P1 million each.
Camarines Norte Edgardo Tallado, a Liberal Party member, said the award they received would be used to build farm-to-market road in three villages in his province.
Iriga City Mayor Ronald Felix Alfelor said the award to his city was achieved through the collective work of all the employees of the city government and that he will use it to build barangay road.
After the program, Roxas met some leaders of the Liberal Party in Camarines Sur and Camarines Norte where, he said, they have “fellowship” to remember the memories and legacy of Robredo. (PNA) LGI/FGS/JME/CBD/UTB