Workmen busy at mixing concrete for a road lane at Malapayungan, which would soon connect with the concreted lane from Parang and that one at Calero. – MWBuzzpic by ALFREDO P HERNANDEZ
By ALFREDO P HERNANDEZ
THE public works projects of Jose Panganiban Mayor Ricarte Padilla may be hampered by the coming election period.
“We will be hampered by the election period,” Ricarte told MWBuzz in a recent interview.
The mayor was responding to a MWBuzz query “how do you see your government in the next 12 months in terms of project accomplishment and funds generation for public works?”
“We can only have at least seven months of productivity … maaga po ang filing ng certificates of candidacy … definitely, umiinit na po ang election fever…”
Ricarte said that his administration has a lot of projects in the pipeline which could be hampered by the election ban.
“We would like to avoid the election ban,” he said.
He said they can do that by working on project schedules which he would submit to the Commission on Elections (Comelec).
“We want to let the Comelec know that our projects are continuing and therefore, they are not to be covered by the ban.”
Ricarte said that he expected to have the funding from the national government by September.
“So when it (fund) comes, we won’t be covered by the election ban because we could go on working amid election campaign period.”
Ricarte said that the road cementing project which is now at Malapayungan will not be affected.
“So, with this, I could see that the cemented road will reach the bridge at Spurline, Larap by the 2013 election time.
“It’s my projection, which is a dream backed by hard work and perseverance.”
In a speech at the grand alumni homecoming of the graduates from Jose Panganiban (National) High School (JPNHS), Padilla had appealed for more cement donations to speed up the cementing of baranggay roads around the municipality.
So far, a total of 2,557 bags of cement were donated by 20 groups and individuals towards the project.
A one-lane cemented road at Baranggay Calero. The concreting of the baranngay’s road is in full swing and hopes to reach Baranggay Pag-asa soon. – MWBuzzpic by ALFREDO P HERNANDEZ