Former Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) chief Augusto “Boboy” Syjuco seeks the presidential seat this year.
“I am the father of fighting graft and corruption in the Philippines,” Syjuco says. “I did not come to public service to earn money.”
Syjuco also served as Iloilo’s 2nd district representative in 2010, and in October 2015, he filed for his certificate of candidacy (COC) at the Commission on Election.
When asked about his relationship with former Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who is quite unpopular for her graft and corruption cases, Syjuco said, “I don’t want to be associated with her politics, because my politics is different.”
“She (Macapagal-Arroyo) may not be full-pledge, but she’s napakagaling.” he adds.
More than seven million scholarship opportunities were given out during his term as the TESDA chief in mid-2000. Part of this was his active involvement in helping the BPO industry create a ladderized platform for training potential talents to support the emerging workforce in the Philippines.
Now in 2016, Syjuco sees the BPO as a massive economic support, and it requires serious attention. “The BPO is growing exponentially, and the least we can do is to merge the involvement of the three legislative branches of our Education system.”
“They have to coordinate very heavily to support the growth of our economy and the demands of the workforce.”
On the recent vetoing of the SSS pension hike by President Noynoy Aquino earlier this month, Syjuco said, “What’s there is there. What’s gone is gone. The government covers the Social Security System fund with sovereign guarantee and must infuse subsidy and help employers carry the burden of providing workers a meaningful benefit.
“Hindi po kayang ibigay ni President Noynoy Aquino ang PHP 2,000 across the board increase ng SSS members dahil kapag ginawa niya ito a y magsasara napo ang SSS bago matapos ang kanyang term,” he said in a press statement.
Part of Syjuco’s platform is making the surrounding cities of Manila more efficient by building a MegaManila. This, according to him, will allow more business and job opportunities for neighbouring municipalities.