Gov. Grace on Children of Light TV

Gov. Grace Padaca’s triumph in Isabela is compared to the biblical story of David’s victory over Goliath.

Huwag tayong matakot ipaglaban kung ano ang tama. Kung ano ‘yung tama, ‘wag natin itong ikahiya, wag natin itong ikatakot. Ang dapat mahiya at matakot sa atin ay iyong mga salbahe.

In her fearless pursuit of what is right, she even treads paths that are supposedly beyond what is asked of her as a governor.

“So ang ginagawa ko ngayon, kahit hindi ko dapat primary mandate ito, trabaho ito ng DENR… Pero hindi ko naman masasabi bilang gobernador na habang dumadaan sa amin ang mga trak trak ng kahoy na pinutol na illegal eh, ‘Ay, hindi ko trabaho ‘yan, trabaho ‘yan ng DENR.’ Eh Isabela ko ‘yan eh. Galing sa lalawigan namin…ang mga pinutol. Kami ang mamamatay dahil sa landslide. Kami ang mamamatay dahil sa tag-gutom…

So hindi pwedeng hindi kami kumilos.”

But her work did not just end with crusading against illegal logging activities: She is working to provide alternative livelihood opportunities for the over 12,000 families of the illegal loggers who lost their jobs. “I am working very hard… for a better life for them.”

This is what real, progressive, and sustainable progress looks like.

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