Full Name: Luis Crisologo Singson
Date of Birth: June 21, 1941
Place of Birth: no data
Provincial: Baluarte, Bgy. Tamag, Vigan, Ilocos Sur
Metro Manila: no data
Civil Status: separated
Spouse: Evelyn Crisologo
Position: no data
Office: no data
|Elementary education||Rosary College (now St. Paul College of Ilocos Sur)||no data|
|Secondary education||San Sebastian College||1959|
|B.S. Commerce||Letran College||1961 (undergraduate)|
|B.S. Architecture||University of Santo Tomas||1963 (undergraduate)|
|Governor||Ilocos Sur||2004-2007; 1992-2001; 1972-1986|
|Presidential adviser for the North Luzon Growth Management Area||Office of the President||2003-2004|
|Representative, Ilocos Sur||House of Representatives||1987-1992|
|Municipal Councilor||Vigan, Ilocos Sur||1967-1968|
|Chairman/President||Vigan Electric Co.||1966|
|Chief of Police||Vigan, Ilocos Sur||1964-1965|
For the Philippines to achieve a sustainable growth and development, we have to develop the country at the local or provincial level. I believe that each one of our 81 provinces is endowed with vast natural, physical and human resources which are just waiting to be tapped and developed in order to contribute to economic growth and prosperity in the area.
Aside from wide tracts of land planted to rice, corn, tobacco, vegetables, etc. and abundant marine resources all over the archipelago, indigenous raw materials can be creatively utilized in traditional crafts and industries to provide livelihood opportunities in the provinces. Take for example the copra and abaca products of Bicol, the world-famous fruits and cut flowers industry of Davao, Romblon’s high quality marble, etc.
Creating job and livelihood opportunities in the provinces, establishing a conducive climate for business and entrepreneurial activities, providing essential agricultural input and infrastructure, encouraging the establishment of quality educational institutions and health care facilities â€” in short, making our provinces desirable places to live in will stop people from migrating to the country’s urban centers or overseas in search of a better life. Add up all the provinces that have become dynamic industrial and business centers and we have a booming national economy, a developed, highly respected country no longer classified among the poor, underdeveloped Third World countries.
To truly liberate our poor families, we shall make education accessible to them with legislation providing a comprehensive package of benefits that will enable poor but deserving students to finish college education and become economically productive assets to our society.
Free tuition is not enough guarantee for a college degree. Rather, these “Iskolars ng bayan” need sufficient financial support for board and lodging if necessary, transportation and food, books, clothing allowance, etc. These will be integrated into a legislative measure under my sponsorship in order to democratize access to the untold benefits of education.
The chronic problem of jails and detention centers overflowing with petty and hard-core criminals may be attributed to a defective judicial system that is crying out for reforms. The wheels of justice grind ever so slowly and take their toll on poor litigants who can hardly afford the services of good lawyers.
Justice must apply to all and it must be within the reach of the poor. I would like to institute reforms to improve our justice system and level the playing field for both rich and poor, high and low, powerful and weak. We must strengthen the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) so that it can perform its mandated role of providing legal services to the poor. We must provide incentives such as honoraria and/or tax exemptions to good lawyers who offer their services pro bono to those in need.