Panay News - - OPINION -

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?

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