Dok Ferj Biron Reveals Plans for iloilo's Economic Empowerment

October 13, 2018

"I know how it is like to tackle the countless challenges of poverty to achieve the life I dreamed for myself and my family. I was poor, but it was my decision not to remain poor. It was my decision to transform my life. It's possible to rise from the throes of poverty, given the right opportunities. I believe this is the right time for me to give back with these right opportunities, and I wish to enlist the support of the Ilonggos so that we can all win the future for Iloilo as a progressive and economically empowered Province"

These are the inspiring words of Dok Ferj during the media con last Thursday October, 11, 2018 that kept striking my head up to now. Just imagine what kind of a leader he will be -  a person who came from nothing and yet have built an empire.

A self-made man who rose from the pits of poverty to finish his degree in medicine and put up his own pharmaceutical business, Dok Ferj Biron is known as the “working congressman” who authored significant bills such as the Cheaper Medicine Act of 2008, Food and Drug Administration Act, Gift Check
Act, Ease of Doing Business Act, among many others.

From my own point of view having a Doctor as a leader is a good thing given that one of his many concerns will be the "medical needs" of the people. Truth be told though that for years one of the undying issues of the province would point to poor medical cares among hospitals, scarcity of proper medical equipments and yes indigent people having a hard time getting the medical attention they need.  

When asked during the Q&A on how will he transform the health care system in the Province,he shoots back the audience with a question  "do you feel secure that your public hospitals can save your lives? The capability of a hospital can be judged through your Governor if he is willing to be hospitalized in government hospitals" 
In a media conference held on the day he filed his certificate of candidacy for Iloilo’s 2019 gubernatorial elections, Congressman Ferjenel Biron shared how his four terms as Iloilo 4th District Representative shaped his vision for the overall development of the province.

According to Dok Ferj, it was a privilege for him to serve in Congress for four consecutive terms but he feels that he can better implement his plans and policies for Iloilo’s development as its provincial governor. “My learnings in Congress gave me the wisdom which will eventually become the
cornerstone of our future programs for the province of Iloilo, most especially with regards to public health. We have seen the deplorable conditions of our overcrowded provincial hospitals.
Aside from access to cheaper medicine, we need to address the lack of proper medical facilities in these hospitals,”
he explained.  
In terms of ushering a financially stable future for the province, Dok Ferj identified key points in economic development that are geared towards poverty alleviation. “In Iloilo, we have so much human resource but we start losing them because there are hardly any opportunities for them here…

We need to maximize our human resource by making our province attractive so that we can entice local and foreign stakeholders to invest in business infrastructures. This is exactly what we did in Congress to promote our district’s economic zones, most especially Dumanggas, Passi City, and the town of Barotac Nuevo. We are working on the improvement and expansion of the Dumanggas port as a functional international seaport that serves as the gateway to our economic zones.”

With his notable track record as a four-term Iloilo 4th District congressman, Dok Ferj has shown his capability and competency in transforming Iloilo into an economically self-sustaining province that can truly live up to its status as the heart of the Visayas.
"Leadership is not about being in charge, It is about taking care of those in your charge" - Simon Sinek

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