By By Fernan A. Gianan
Cong. Sarmiento’s bid for transparency
posted 18-Mar-2018  ·  
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Twenty-seven (27) regional officials and representatives of various national agencies and attached agencies were invited by Congressman Cesar Sarmiento to the province last week to present their programs and projects for Catanduanes this 2018.

Among the audience in what the congressman described as the first-ever activity held to gather these officials in one go were Vice Governor Shirley Abundo and some members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan; Mayors Samuel Laynes of Virac, Raul Tabirara of Pandan, Chito Chi of Baras and Francisco Camano Jr. of San Miguel; Vice Mayors Arlynn Arcilla of Virac and Greg Salvador of San Andres; and, provincial officials including PNP provincial director Senior Superintendent Felix Servita Jr.

There may have been other local and provincial officials who later joined the gathering but this writer left soon after the first reporter, from the Department of Labor and Employment, took the podium.

Aside from DOLE, the other agencies which rendered reports were TESDA, DA, PhilFIDA, BFAR, NIA, DENR, DepEd, CHED, DOST, DICT, RDRRMC/OCD, DTI, DOE, NEA, NAPOCOR, DOH, PCSO, DSWD, DILG, DILG, PNP, PCG, PPA, CAAP, DOT and DPWH.

The  March 9 event at the CSU Auditorium was intended to show partnership for growth and the quest for transparency in government programs and projects to be pursued for the benefit of the people. It was likewise the opportunity for local officials and sectoral representatives to raise questions on what they deem are hindrances to the implementation of such programs and projects.

In his message, Cong. Sarmiento reiterated his role in Congress to propose funds for projects and programs needed by the people, criticize projects and programs which are not needed, and seek additional funds for those that need to be completed.

He cited among these projects the proposed Philippine Coast Guard patrol base at the former USCG Loran station at Panay island which would cost P500 million to establish. Sarmiento said there was no funding allocation for the project in 2018 but he was able to realign P200 million from another project, with the balance to come from the 2019 budget.

He also asked officials of the national agencies in Bicol to visit Catanduanes on a regular basis to hear from its people what they need, adding that the island province may be small but its people have the same needs.

“Only when you come here will you get an idea of what the island needs,” Rep. Satmiento stressed as he appealed to the officials to give the island paradise proper attention and support.

He vowed to continue to bring these needs to the attention of the national agencies and Congress and fight for these projects for Catanduanes during budget deliberations.

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