Nanay’s l egacy

Sun.Star Pampanga - - OPINOIOPNINION -

In a ban­ner story last week of this daily, Pam­panga Gov­er­nor Lilia ‘Nanay Baby’Pineda ad­dressed a gath­er­ing and talked of her legacy. Her health pro­gram. The Ka­pam­pan­gans have tended nat­u­rally give ap­proval to the pro­gram which is still on go­ing. But more than that, Nanay also can be cred­ited for the increase in the quarry rev­enues, which to­day stands at P1.978 bil­lion. PENRO head Art Pun­salan de­serves also a pat at the back. In her past two terms she showed no lust for power and noth­ing in her heart but pub­lic ser­vice. There was no misuse of power. She didn’t pocket even a peso.

There were many chal­lenges the prov­ince she faced in her first two terms she led the prov­ince. Some are quite com­plex yet equally met and she found the right so­lu­tions. Never this prov­ince and so many other towns wit­nessed progress ever wit­nessed be­fore.

The Ka­pam­pan­gans, par­tic­u­larly the poor hav­ing more ac­cess to health care be­came a tem­plate of other prov­inces in the coun­try. She never get tired vis­it­ing vil­lages in many towns and used pru­dently all the re­sources of the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment to fund infra projects. No SOP. The gov­er­nor is lucky enough to have a very co­op­er­a­tive sang­gu­nian headed by his son Den­nis. And there are so many heavy­weights in pub­lic ser­vice to as­sist her in gov­er­nance the likes of Board Mem­bers Di­nan Labung and Jun Can­las. With Gov­er­nor Pineda in the capi­tol it seems nine years is too short.

MY TWEETS: ( Note: Ev­ery now and then in my space, I will write some tweets. As my friend Dik Pas­cual of Phl Star will say ‘you are wel­come to the fast and fu­ri­ous world of Twit­ter’).

+ In Po­rac town pol­i­tics is com­ing too early. A re­cent front page story of this pa­per re­ported that Vice Mayor Dex­ter David is poised in choos­ing a run­ning mate for the 2019 polls.

+ Few months ago, for­mer An­ge­les City Mayor and Con­gress­man Carmelo Lazatin made an open dec­la­ra­tion of his in­ten­tion to run for chair­man in Barangay Bal­ibago in An­ge­les City.

+ Clark Devel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (CDC) should stop hold­ing the an­nual Hot Air Bal­loon Fes­ti­val. Clark In­ter­na­tional Air­port Cor­po­ra­tion is rec­om­mend­ing the stop­page.

+ CDC is shelling out a min­i­mum of P3-mil­lion as sub­sidy, and a cer­tain Mr. Roa is get­ting all the rev­enues like ad­ver­tise­ment, spon­sor­ship, lease of space and even park­ing fees. Sw­erte niya.

+ Pag­ing Depart­ment of La­bor and Em­ploy­ment (DOLE) Sec­re­tary Sil­vestre Bello. Please crack the whip and jerk your peo­ple at the re­gional of­fice to look on the la­bor sit­u­a­tion at the Clark Freeport. Start with Yoko­hama Tire Philip­pines and Widus Casino.

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