Tessa Mauricio-Arriola, editor of the Manila Times Lifestyle, interviews Gov. Reynolds Michael Tan.
SAMAR Governor Reynolds Michael Tan has pledged to champion youth development and empowerment should he be elected to represent the province’s second district.
Invited to “Lights, Camera, Boto!” From the Manila Times’ Chat Show Edition episode on Sunday, Tan said he would bring to the House of Representatives the same progressive stance to advance the province and its constituents that he had as governor.
At 33, Tan said he sees his youth as a key advantage in becoming a House member.
He added that his decision to run for Congress was driven by his successes in streamlining government processes in the province and in youth development and empowerment.
“Certain legislation must be enacted [in order] that we can help [the people]especially when talking about human development,” Tan said.
He believed that as governor he was able to help develop communities in Samar through health, infrastructure and livelihood projects.
Tan said he would push for the passage of a bill that would require local government units to allocate part of their budget to housing and human settlements, given that the country has seen many typhoons each year. .
He would also promote Samar as a tourist destination, create economic zones and make the province a retirement haven.
Tan, who studied culinary arts, said he would have gone into business had he not dabbled in politics. He said when his mother, former governor Milagrosa Tan, died in 2019, he, as deputy governor, had to take over the reins of government.
Tan denied that his family established a political dynasty in Samar, saying it was the decision of the people. His sister, Sharee Ann Tan, the outgoing representative, was running for governor.
“It is a dynasty if the position is passed without elections, but if you are elected by the people, and the people have the freedom to choose and you are elected, democracy still prevails in the region. If there has a law that prohibits dynasties or relatives from running for office, so I’m all for it,” Tan continued.
Tan pointed out that having relatives in elective positions ensures continuity in the development of the province.