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Mar loves his job as DILG chief the most. Find out why

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While he has his fair share of critics and haters, Mar Roxas claimed that his journey as Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary has been nothing but “fulfilling, rewarding and validating”.

In his short “farewell” speech at the 6th League of Provinces in the Philippines General Assembly Thursday, Roxas said that his work at the local government has allowed him to touch the lives of Filipinos.

“Nagpapaalam po ako sa inyo at nais ko pong malaman ninyo at maparating sa inyo na I found our work together to be very very fulfilling, very, very rewarding and validating,” said Roxas, who in the past also served as secretary of Trade, Transportation, as well as a senator.

“Sa aking trabaho sa pagiging DTI, sa aking trabaho bilang kinatawan at bilang senador, marahil ay naiiwan kami sa ere sa mga policies. Pero sa ating trabaho sa pamahalaang lokal ay talagang nakikita ko na nata-touch natin ang buhay ng ating mga kababayan.

“At doon nakapalibot ang ating serbisyo, ang ating pagnanais na makaambag, na makatulong, para masabi nating lahat na iniiwan natin ang ating lugar, ang ating bansa sa mas maayos na kalagayan kaysa sa nadatnan,” he said.

“It’s something that I take great pride in, it’s something that I hope you likewise take great pride in na naging kabahagi kayo nitong paglalakbay natin nitong nakaraang limang taon sa Daang Matuwid,” added Roxas, who was still obviously in cloud nine after being named Liberal Party (LP) standard-bearer by President Benigno Aquino III last week.

Things haven’t been always rosy for Roxas, though. Following his heartbreaking defeat in the 2010 vice presidential polls, the Aquino administration gave him roles as DILG that earned him unsavory tags like “epal” and “trying hard”.

Critics said that this is reflected by Roxas’ poor performance in the surveys.

Roxas has vowed to continue Aquino’s brand of leadership which he claims “has taken our country to the mountain top”. (Randy K. Ortega)

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