Gasa­taya vows to con­tinue pro­grams in Bacolod

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RE-ELECTED Bacolod City Lone District Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Greg Gasa­taya has vowed to con­tinue his pro­grams on so­cial ser­vices, health, sports and in­fra­struc­ture projects in the city.

This was stressed by Gasa­taya af­ter he was able to de­fend his post for sec­ond straight term against for­mer con­gress­man and for­mer mayor Mon­ico Puentevell­a on May 13 elec­tions.

Gasa­taya gar­nered 135, 346 votes against 84, 705 votes of his ri­val Puentevell­a.

Gasa­taya said that he’s hum­bled by the his­toric over­whelm­ing sup­port given to him by the peo­ple of Bacolod.

“It is with a deep sense of grat­i­tude that I ac­cept the man­date you have given to me to serve my sec­ond straight term as your rep­re­sen­ta­tive. I wish to take this op­por­tu­nity to show my deep­est grat­i­tude to my beloved wife Meita, my chil­dren, and our en­tire fam­ily for stay­ing strong and be­ing my rock through the tough times,” he said.

Gasa­taya noted that the over­whelm­ing sup­port in­spires him to do more than what he had achieved on his first term.

“I’m thank­ful for the peo­ple of Bacolod and I guar­an­tee them that what I’ve done for the two years and ten months, we would con­tinue and im­prove things that needs to be given im­por­tance and pri­or­ity,” Gasa­taya said.

He said that for the next three years, he will con­tinue to de­liver the schol­ar­ships for the stu­dents, funds for the hospi­tal and med­i­cal con­cerns, sports, and con­tin­u­a­tion of the big projects of the na­tional gov­ern­ment in Bacolod such as the Bacolod economic high­way, the third fly­over, the com­ple­tion of the on­go­ing projects which was im­ple­mented by the Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and High­ways (DPWH) in var­i­ous ar­eas of Bacolod.

He added in June, the na­tional gov­ern­ment will also im­ple­ment the con­struc­tion of the me­dian is­land from Barangay Tan­gub to­wards Barangay Sum-ag, in­stal­la­tion of street lights, im­prove­ment of drainage along Cir­cum­fer­en­tial Road, among oth­ers.

Gasa­taya pointed out that they will en­sure the good work­ing re­la­tion­ship be­tween the mayor and the con­gress­man to fast­track and im­prove the ser­vices for the peo­ple of Bacolod.

He said in 2019, the na­tional gov­ern­ment al­lot­ted P1.4-bil­lion bud­get for Bacolod.

“We are thank­ful that we have a big bud­get com­pared to other places, it means the con­fi­dence of the na­tional gov­ern­ment on the im­ple­men­ta­tion of in­fra­struc­ture projects were re­ally im­ple­mented,” he added.

Gasa­taya also ex­pressed his grat­i­tude for Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte for pro­vid­ing such huge amount for Bacolod City alone.

RICHARD MALIHAN PHOTOS

HI­MA­MAY­LAN City mayor-elect Ray­mund Tong­son took oath be­fore Gov­er­nor Al­fredo Marañon Jr. at the Pro­vin­cial Capi­tol in Bacolod City yes­ter­day morn­ing May 20.

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