Duterte praises Gotianuns for their philanthropy: God gave them so much so they can help more people
President Rodrigo Duterte gave praise to the Gotianun family not only for being one of the country’s biggest bilyonaryos but also for their generosity.
In speech during in Misamis Oriental, Dutere said: “I’m talking about the newest plant and congratulating the Gotianun family for their sheer enterprise not only in the development of the Philippines but sharing the money to help the Philippines raise the standard of living.”
The President spearheaded the inauguration of the Gotianun-controlled Filinvest Development Corp.’s Misamis Power plant in Misamis Oriental Thursday.
”One of the few nakita ko na—well, the big ones are really big and they are big because maybe God gave them so much so that also they can help so much of our fellow men,” Duterte said.
The Gotianuns support the education of thousands of marginalized children through the Educational Research and Development Assistance Foundation (ERDA), a non-profit organization founded by Father Pierre Tritz,. Through the
Under the Andrew Gotianun Foundation (ADF), the Gotianuns back the Sandiganan sa Pagpalambo sa Kabataan (SAPAK) Experimental Farm in Compostela, Cebu. SAPAK, headed by Fr. Emmanuel V. Non is a pioneering effort at integrated human development for boys and girls ages seven to 21 who have been rendered needy, even helpless, by poverty and neglect. I also supports Bethlehem Day Care Center (BDCC) which provides free daycare and other support services to the children of scavengers at the Inayawan landfill site in Cebu City. One of the family’s regular beneficiaries are the abandoned and handicapped children of Hospicio de San Jose.
The Gotianuns were in full attendance in Misamis from Mercedes, Andrew, Josephine, Jonathan, Michael, and Edward. Their patriarch, Andrew, passed away at age 88 in March 2016.
On the Gotianun’s power plant, Duterte said the establishment of the biggest base load power plant in Mindanao will help alleviate the power woes in Mindanao, including the Zamboanga Peninsula.
“Pag wala kang energy, patay ka. And to me, this would alleviate the power shortfall including the Zamboanga peninsula,” Duterte said during the unveiling of the inaugural marker and ceremonial switch.
He said the new power plant will help stabilize the power supply in Mindanao, especially in the Zamboanga Peninsula, which, he said, had been asking for help every now and then for a re-distribution of the power from the grid.
Duterte also expressed optimism that Mindanao would soon use more of greener and cheaper technologies to generate electricity.
“I never thought that Mindanao will develop so fast, that in the few years, would be starting again… maybe in the fullness of God’s time, we would have something like a solar or a better technology but not expensive,” Duterte said.
The new power plant has a combined capacity of 450 MW and is now synchronized to the Mindanao grid to cover 205 municipalities and barangays in Mindanao. It will use the latest in clean coal technology, the circulating fluidized-bed boiler technology.