Senator Paolo Benigno ‘Bam’ Aquino IV
Sen. Bam Aquino is a former social entrepreneur turned senator that continues to support Filipino entrepreneurs and the development of micro, small and medium enterprises or MSMEs.
Thanks to his first law – the Go Negosyo Act – there are over 580 Negosyo Centers across the Philippines providing training and mentorship, market linkage, and access to financing for Filipinos who wish to build a successful business.
He has also passed laws that bridge the gap between local MSMEs and access to financing and is working on the passage of the Innovative Start-up Law to incentivize tech startups and social enterprises in the Philippines.
He has been hailed by some as one of the most productive and hardworking senators – now with thirty five (35) laws passed in just four (5) years.
Just recently, a revolutionary reform principally sponsored by Sen. Bam in the Senate – the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act – was signed into law, making college education free in State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), Local Universities and Colleges (LUCs), and TESDA-run Tech-Voc Institutions (TVIs).
Libre na po ang kolehiyo para sa milyon milyong estudyante sa mga SUCs, LUCs at TVIs!
Even with all his accomplishments, Sen. Bam continues to work to improve the lives of Filipino families through entrepreneurship, employment, and education.
And even in the most trying times, Sen. Bam stays true to his hopeful brand of politics, believing that every Filipino can overcome poverty with the right support and opportunities.