Teacher Insights: How My Encounter with Nonong Haresco Change the way I see Aklan?

Teacher Insights: How My Encounter with Nonong Haresco Change the way I see Aklan?

Have you seen the RENEWED Boracay? It’s new clean beaches and clear sea water is something worth visiting again. It may have some lapses and conflicts in the beginning, but you can surely see the fruitful results of it’s rehabilitation. Kudos to the government of Aklan, including Aklan Rep. Teodorico Haresco Jr. or more known as Nonong Haresco.


As a person who don’t involve herself to politics much, it’s a rare experience for me to actually encounter politicians and ask them questions about their personal life, what they do and what makes them worth keeping in their position. To Rep. Haresco, it’s in him whom I actually see the problems that they solved, the development and the fruitfulness of Aklan today. Before I headed to our interview, let me tell you more about Hanesco first:

1. It is no secret that Aklan Rep. Teodorico Haresco Jr. or more known as Nonong Haresco of the lone district of Aklan has a soft spot in his heart for the less privileged. But instead of giving them fish, he encourages them to learn how to set up their own small business ventures as a means to make their lives better. A proud Ilonggo, Haresco is a firm believer in the microenterprise industry and its ability to uplift hardworking individuals who in turn would eventually be able to provide jobs for others in their communities while at the same time help in the development of its socio-economic sector.

2. As of date, Congressman Nonong Haresco has authored and co-authored more than 60 house measures including the following bills and laws:

  • HB00111, an act establishing a mechanism for the sustainable development and use of the island of Boracay;
  • HB00115, an act increasing the bed capacity of Ibajay District Hospital from 25 to 100;
  • HB02239, an act granting P1,000 monthly stipend by way of financial assistance to centenarians;
  • HB02240, an act exempting users of electronic vehicles from the payment of road user’s tax;
  • HB02241, an act to prescribe nutrition labeling for food products;
  • HB02323, an act granting P500 monthly allowance to barangay tanods;
  • HB02414, an act amending section 5 of Republic Act No. 10121, otherwise known as an act strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System;
  • HB02415, an act to combat abuse and increase penalties for crimes against senior citizens;
  • HB03192, an act providing for the establishment of barangay drugstores, otherwise known as “Botikasa Barangay”;
  • HB03366, an act penalizing anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position, and anti-competitive mergers, establishing the Philippine Fair Competition Commission;
  • HB03776, an act empowering the micro, small, and medium enterprises;
  • HB04335, an act requiring mandatory installation of closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras on major roads included in routes of public utility vehicles among other

3. Aside from these, some of his milestone accomplishments include being the only Visayan and Aklanon to receive the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Businessman of the Year Award (2007) and the Deutsche Bank Banker of the Year Award (2005). He was People Asia’s Person of the Year and graced the cover in 2008 and is one of the Modern Day Filipino Heroes (2008), as well as one of 23 Filipinos cited in the book celebrating 347 years of Philippine-British Relations. His company WINSOURCE Solutions Inc. has been a five-time recipient of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.

With all the projects and accomplishments he made (based on my research), it gave me an idea on how was Aklan now and what are the other things that he wants to address further in his term as House Representative. Especially the concern of maintaining proper waste management and environment safety of Boracay Island. Currently, P3-billion bridge connecting Caticlan to Boracay Island is one of the major concerns that Haresco wants to address. He wants to make sure that the natural resources and the original composition will not be compromise. With all the changes the government of Aklan wants to address, Haresco wants nothing but the welfare and safety of the islands to not be jeopardize and ruin for the benefit of the next generation.

So that’s what I learned from the improvements of Boracay’s rehabilitation: change is good without the compromise. And these changes should not replace what mother earth has originally gave us. For the benefit of the next generation to come. And with that, I hope to visit the new Boracay soon and see how wonderful the ever-famous beach in the world because Rep. Haresco said so.

Disclaimer: I’m not promoting any politician whatsoever. This blog is intended for just mere opinion and based from my interview with him during an event.

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