By By Fernan A. Gianan
Sanchez wants to be ready by June 30
posted 5-Jun-2019  ·  
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Just a week after being proclaimed winner in the congressional race, Engr. Hector Sanchez was already back in Virac and joining the other members of the “Tamang Timpla” slate – suspended Governor Joseph Cua and Acting Gov. Shirley Abundo – in informal meetings with key officials of two vital offices.

Last Thursday morning, the trio met with officers of the First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FICELCO) on one of the most important issues in the recent campaign: brownouts.

Sanchez’s promise to resolve the frequent power interruptions, particularly through his proposal to link the Catanduanes grid to that of mainland Luzon through a submarine cable, had long-suffering consumers shouting his name every time the lights suddenly go out.

With the submarine cable proposal too early to be discussed ahead of his taking office, the electrical engineer-turned-businessman asked GM Raul Zafe and the FICELCO board headed by president Boy Vargas to consider immediate solutions, ranging from sectionalization of the grid’s main areas, resolution of the low voltage complaints, proper maintenance of the distribution lines, and synchronization of the relay and protection settings of power plants.

At the very least, the incoming solon was able to know just what needs to be done at the cooperative’s level to address the brownout issue and procure future power needs. He agreed to lend three of his company’s bucket trucks to FICELCO for use in the maintenance of distribution lines.

He did not have similar success with the Virac Water District, with the meeting almost unproductive according to some of those present as the officials were not prepared, even failing to come up with hard data on water consumption and demand.

Congressman-elect Sanchez wants to hit the ground running, so to speak, by the time he assumes office at noon of June 30, 2019.


Four other newcomers, this time in the municipal level, will have to follow Sanchez’s example.

The incoming first-time mayors – Honesto Tabligan II of Pandan, Sinforoso Sarmiento of Virac, Paolo Teves of Baras, and Vicente Tayam Jr. of Gigmoto – are expected to similarly be on the ball once they enter their offices, given the strength of their respective constituents’ expectations during the campaign.

Vice Mayor Glenda Aguilar of Caramoran and former Councilor Cesar Robles of Panganiban can be considered as having an idea of what they are entering as they have served with their local government units.


There is talk at the DPWH  that suspended Gov. Joseph Cua has asked for the relief and reassignment of DPWH Catanduanes District Engineer Gil Balmadrid.

    The reelected chief executive is allegedly blaming DE Balmadrid for providing documentary evidence to the mastermind of n the administrative case filed against him and Bato Mayor Leo Rodriguez before the Ombudsman.

    But this is far from the truth, according to those close to the engineer. They maintain that the DPWH official behind the case has enough clout to secure documents on his own.

    In response, a capitol official disclosed that it is congressman-elect Hector Sanchez who is asking for  DE Balmadrid’s relief and replacement.

    While it is unfortunate that the very active and innovative DE has to leave, such movements at his level is normal every after elections.

    Every district engineer serves at the mercy of the congressman, who usually approves every single item on the list of DPWH infrastructure projects. Each solon wants a loyal DE, for obvious reasons.


GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS. A man goes to hospital for a check-up because he has some medical problems. The doctor tells him that he doesn’t know exactly what the problem is and that they need to do more tests. After weeks of tests, the doctor tells the man that he has some good news and some bad news.

“You have a new and incurable disease,” says the doctor.

“And what’s the good news?” asks the man.

And the doctor says, “We’re going to name it after you.”

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