“I want to eventually be able to provide jobs for others in their communities and help in the development of its socio-economic sector in Aklan.”
That’s the vision of Aklan Rep. Teodorico “Nonong” Haresco Jr. wants to aspire and do for his fellow Aklanons with achieving a certain level of success in their lives.
He has a heart for the less privileged, but instead of simply giving them food, he would rather encourage them to set up their own small business ventures to sustain their everyday needs. That is what he did when he was younger, such is the love of Haresco for Aklan and its residents and perhaps it is the proud Ilonggo in him that makes him a firm believer that the microenterprise industry has the ability to uplift individuals as long as they put in the commitment and dedication.
Aklan is designated as a first class province, famous for its resort island called Boracay with its white sandy beaches and is considered as one of the more prominent destinations in the country. It also has seaports and airports to travel in and out of the province. They are the top producer of abaca which are dyed and made into cloths or place mats, bags, wall decors and fans. Agriculture is also one of its main economy from coconut, crops such as banana, mango, rambutan, lanzones and even fiber crops plus rice plantations having an area of 42,218 hectares.
Haresco decided to return to Aklan with the hope that he can help uplift the lives there through providing sustainable livelihood projects, health programs and other opportunities for the benefit of his fellow Aklanons.
Government Contributions and Works
His efforts and determination in serving the government are well documented as it has led contributions to the development of Aklan and the Philippines. The hardworking Congressman has authored and co-authored more than 60 house measures including:
- 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 “Botika sa 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 others.
Haresco also conceptualized the President’s Bridge Programme (PBP) as a parallel intervention to regular government infrastructure programmes. It has become a successful reengineering model in the Philippines which is now being duplicated in Sri Lanka, Papa New Guinea, Cambodia, Siberia, and in other parts of Asia.
Awards and Accomplishments
Aside from the many contributions he has done in the government, Rep. Haresco was recognized in some of his accomplishments. Awards honored for him are Deutsche Bank Banker of the Year Award (2005); graced the cover in 2008 People Asia’s Person of the Year; Modern Day Filipino Heroes (2008); one of 23 Filipinos cited in the book celebrating 347 years of Philippine-British Relations; and the only Visayan and Aklanon to receive the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Businessman of the Year Award (2007). Even his own company the WINSOURCE Solutions Inc. has been a five-time recipient of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.
Rep. Haresco has devoted is extra time also as a principal developer of a nationwide scholarship fund for the children of slain journalists and has put 34 young scholars to continue their education since 2007.
Education and Work Experience
He studied at De La Salle University finishing with honors in Economics and in Accounting. He has completed his M.A. in International Economics at the McGill University in Canada.
He developed his little startup turning it into a 50-hectare prawn-farming venture in his hometown of Ibajay, Aklan and he would find himself catering to big name restaurants in the metro. Participated in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development-International Trade Center in Switzerland where his business acumen led to the formation Haresco Trade Specialists Co. and Silver Thread Inc., which exported local capiz shells to the European country.
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