Aside from owning the world-famous tourist destination and newly-restored, Boracay Island, the province of Aklan is sure to have a lot of something in store for us.
It can’t be denied that the growth and strength of the mentioned island are being empowered by its micro, small, and medium enterprises that support community or barangay centered development.
As a business-oriented person and realizing the situation by heart, Aklan Representative Teodorico Haresco or also known as “Nonong Haresco” to the people of Aklan, knows that being underprivileged is a huge challenge in achieving one’s dream of becoming a successful or financially stable individual.
“I came from humble beginnings. I started small with business and I particularly understand how it is like to be rejected, what more managing a small business from relatively having no experience,” said Haresco.
But because of perseverance and faith, Haresco believes that the same experience he had could benefit the people of Aklan.
“I want to help people by helping themselves in developing the right skills so they can pursue progress their way while helping communities from where they reside,” he added.
Nonong Haresco’s mindset was already in business even in his early years.
“I was able to get a two thousand pesos loan from a relative into a buy and sell shrimp business. I would buy shrimp in Bicol and would sell them later in the markets of Manila,” mentioned Haresco.
After finishing AB Economics/BSC Accounting degree at De La Salle University, Nonong was more eager to turn his eye on business and entrepreneurship.
“I finished my Master of Arts in International Economics at the McGill University in Canada. I studied hard and manage my finances depending on the small amount of money they give from the Philippines for my college.” Nonong said.
“So, after completing my MA, I participated in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development at the International Trade Center in Switzerland. It was from that experience that I was able to develop business acumen that led to the formation of Haresco Trade Specialists Co. and Silver Thread Inc., which exported Capiz shells to the European continent,” he added.
Because of the said experience, Haresco imprinted on its heart to help the province of Aklan to the development of its economy.
“I want to train people to be skilled, to grow with the development demands, and make more people become self-sufficient. I believe that it contributes eventually to the full development of Aklan,” said Nonong.
As of this writing, Congressman Nonong Haresco has authored and co-authored more than 60 house measures namely: HB00111, an act establishing a mechanism for the sustainable development, 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 prescribing nutrition labelling for food products; HB02323, an act granting P500 monthly allowance to barangay police; HB02414, an act amending Section 5 of Republic Act no. 10121, otherwise known as an act strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Systems.
Aside from these, Haresco also included bills against corruption such as: HB02425, an act combating abuse and increase penalties for crimes against senior citizens; HBO3192, an act providing for the establishment of barangay drugstores; HB3366, an act penalizing anti-competitive agreements, abuse of dominant position and anti-competitive mergers; HB03778, an act empowering SMEs; and HB04335, an act requiring mandatory installation of CCTV cameras on major road routes of public utility vehicles.
“I want to ensure the progress of Aklan, prevent corruption, and anti-development measures towards province economic development,” said Haresco.
By focusing more on grass root development through business and SMEs supported measures, Haresco is surely an expert in business to pursue that goal. He is the only Visayan and Aklanon to receive the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Businessman of the Year Award (2007) and the Deutsche Bank Banker of the Year Award (2005).
He was also People Asia’s Person of the Year which graced the cover in 2008, one of the Modern Day Filipino Heroes (2008), as well as one of 23 Filipinos cited in the book celebrating 347 years of Philippines-British relations.
Haresco’s company Mabey Group is a five-time recipient of the Queen’s Awards for Enterprise.
As a known family man, Haresco is happily married and a father to four loving children and his development contribution to Aklan and Philippines are well documented. He conceptualized the President’s Bridge Programme (PBP) as a parallel intervention for regular government infrastructure programs which is being replicated in countries like Sri Lanka, Papua New Guinea, Cambodia, Siberia and other parts of Asia.
“I would like to get into public service, with government’s help, so, many people from Aklan can experience development through their business endeavors. We have laws that need implementation and enactment,” said Nonong Haresco.