UNA Senatorial candidate JV Estrada has consistently been in the top choices for the senatorial polls, reaching as high as #3 in the March 2013 Social Weather Stations survey. In the latest Pulse Asia survey, conducted April 20-22, 2013, Estrada was in the 5-11 ranking.
It’s because he is not one to shy away from interviews. Cong. JV Ejercito Estrada has answered most every kind of question in the run up to the Senate elections in May. From naughty [What age did you lose your virginity?, The Bottomline with Boy Abunda, Feb 9, 2013] to nice [What is your biggest accomplishment as San Juan Mayor and how would you translate this into legislation?], Estrada has shown to one and all that he not only has the track record to back up his Senate bid, but also the gift of gab that will liven up the august Senate halls.
JV Estrada has the answers
During Harapan 2013 last April 10, the UNA Senatorial bet focused on his record as San Juan mayor. “San Juan now is considered as top performing city in terms of delivery of basic services to the people. We were able to raise our income from P300-M when I started as Mayor and during the last day of my office, it rose to P1.1-B, almost quadruple, even if I was in the opposition,” he said. “And because of this, we were able to already implement all our dream projects, we have a new city hall, we were able to established state university which is funded by the local government. But for me, the biggest accomplishment is being able to uplift the lives of our people, the living conditions of our people. San Juan has the lowest poverty incidence among the LGUs all over the country. Because of our vibrant economy, we were able to give jobs and opportunities to a lot of our people,” Estrada added.
In a town hall forum at the Ateneo de Manila campus in Quezon City, he put forward his position on the Freedom of Information Act when queried about his vote.
“I support the Freedom of Information Act [FOI], I think that this will be a good instrument of the administration in the fight against corruption, and thrust for good governance. I’m also an author of the FOI and I believe that all transactions of government contracts, everything should be made public,… as long as it does not impinge on national security. I believe that public office is a public trust, hence there is no need for us to hide anything, any transaction or any contract should be made available to the public anytime.”
At The Rundown 2013 at the University of the Philippines in Diliman, he was asked about the legalization of marijuana which in turn went viral. JV Estrada said “If it will heal the body, why not?”
Backed by solid credentials
You may think that he might be all talk and no accomplishments but his achievements say otherwise.
A neophyte legislator who made a mark as the ninth most prolific lawmaker in Congress. Of the 149 House Bills and 18 House Resolutions he authored, 5 bills were approved on third reading and made it to the Senate. As a three-term mayor, he led the reforms and strengthening of San Juan’s fundamentals to increase the municipal revenue from 300 million to 1 billion pesos in just 9 years. Because of the significant growth, San Juan was converted into a highly urbanized city in June 2007. The year before, in 2006, San Juan was recognized as the Most Progressive Municipality.
If one looks at his record, in business, as a leader, as a public servant, Rep JV Estrada seems to have the answers when needed. And while this may seem like he has a lucky streak, the milestones of his public service reveal a hard-working, determined man.