2ND DISTRICT OF ILOILO FLOWERING WITH PROJECTS
WE WERE in San Miguel, Alimodian and Leon towns yesterday. They are part of the 2nd District of Iloilo province.
Billboards detailing specific projects are ubiquitous. There are many of them, and our sight was often distracted by them as we traveled.
We were told that despite his condition, Cong. Cads Gorriceta – who is undergoing physical rehabilitation and doing well – remains productive and hardworking. Using modern facilities, his day is full following up pending project proposals and calling concerned officials in various agencies and offices.
He is physically absent in the scene but his presence is much felt by his laudable performance.
That is why people don’t mind his absence; they know their congressional representative is, as usual, doing his job well. The truth of the matter is that Cong. Cads is a workaholic. “Work is the grand cure for all the maladies and miseries that ever beset mankind – honest work, which you intend getting done.” – Thomas Carlyle
IT IS QUITE annoying and bothersome passing the highway fronting Christ the King Memorial Park in Barangay Ungka, Jaro, Iloilo City. We are not alone seeing this ugly and irritating road condition. Cemented perhaps just some four months ago, this portion of the highway is already suffering from wear and tear due to poor and lousy construction.
The truth is that this part of the highway is substandard and may well be overpriced. We call this in Ilonggo “
Perhaps, out of four cubic meters of sand and gravel, only one bag of cement was mixed.
As we often see, this road section is again and again being thinly scraped and cemented so as to cure its defects. But this is a mere palliative. This “cure” is temporary. It may last for just another two to three months.
Because of its constant repair, the road is heavy with traffic as vehicles passing through it cannot move with ease and speed.
Whoever caused the construction of this road should be castrated without the benefit of anesthesia. Say Roprim? IN THE DAYS of yore, the Iloilo River used to be wide. Sad to say that now it is narrow, what with an esplanade on both its banks.
It is estimated that about one-fourth of the river’s original size in lengthwise dimension has been taken not only by the esplanade but especially by greedy individuals who made illegal reclamation.
When these illegal reclamations were made, nobody made a hoot. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources was like a sitting monkey who silently looked at the violators with contentment as if nothing went wrong.
Due to massive siltation, the river has also become shallow. At times, especially if it’s low tide, we can already see the riverbed.
If not properly checked and maintained, time will come when the Iloilo River will die a natural death.
We urge “Mayor” Lando Layson, who is taking care of the esplanade at his own expense, to make representation with the city government on how to solve the problem and what should be done to deepen the river other than the use of small dredgers.
Only the humble philanthropist knows much about the river and how it should be maintained. Problem is, he is using his own personal funds.
BRIGADIER General Tyne Bañas, a top graduate of Central Philippine University and Philippine Military Academy, has been promoted from colonel to brigadier general of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP). A true-blue Ilonggo, the young and dynamic official hails from Jaro. His fellow Centralians, classmates, schoolmates and relatives are proud of him. He made a good name in the AFP and he is successful in his chosen career. May your tribe increase, Sir! THIS IS THE talk of the town: Vice Mayor Jojo Lutero of Janiuay, Iloilo will run for mayor in the next election.
He is associated with Cong. Toto Defensor, whom he wants to support for the gubernatorial position. He believes that Toto can continue the goods deeds of his father, Gov. Art Sr., and make the province progressive and pro-poor. Jojo is the right man, according to many people in Janiuay. What about incumbent Mayor Jojo De Paula? Is he seeking re-election? And what about Jane Locsin, wife of former mayor Frankie Locsin? We were told that Jane will definitely run for the plum post. The more the merrier. THE 2019 election is still far way but 2017 will soon be ending. New Year 2018 is just yonder.
Starting next year, political noise will fill the air. Many will start announcing their political intention by presenting themselves to the people.
In Antique, incumbent Gov. Rhodora “Dodod”Cadiao is the lady to beat. She is as strong as the Rock of Gibraltar, politically speaking, according to various sectors and sources.
The lady official has successfully reached the hearts of the people, particularly the hoi polloi. Her kind of public service is personal and without hypocrisy. Many said she is unbeatable. Say Cong. Paolo?