The current submersible Olango Island footway
By Omar Mundo
November 25, 2021
LAPU-LAPU CITY, Cebu — Saying it is only a matter of political will, Team Abtik congressional aspirant Junex Doronio is eyeing more infrastructure projects, including a bridge that will connect the tourist destination Olango island to the mainland in this highly urbanized city, to spur economic development and provide jobs and livelihood opportunities.
If elected, Doronio said that he will also build a more efficient drainage system to solve the floodings during heavy rainfall, flyovers to address the traffic problem, and the widening and concreting of roads, among other infrastructure projects.
He also vowed to aid the micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and cooperatives, and provide scholarship and medical assistance.
Doronio cited reports that in 2020 alone, members of the House of Representatives were allotted at least P100 million for their pet projects under the proposed P4.1-trillion budget.
This was bared by Albay 2nd District Representative Joey Salceda, vice chairman of the House committee on appropriations and chairman of the House committee on ways and means, who said: “Ang alam ko po diyan, to ensure na everybody has some minimum, P100 [million], yes (What I know there is that everybody has some minimum amount, P100 million, yes).”
He said about P70 million would be set for infrastructure projects, while the remaining P30 million will be for “soft” projects like medical and educational assistance.
Explaining that there is no more pork barrel, the congressman further said: “However, we would like to make it clear that just like Senators, Governors, Mayors and Barangay Officials; members of Congress can only go as far as recommending projects for their respective areas. It is the executive department who will vet, classify and approve which recommendations are in line with National priorities.”
In 2022, the proposed national budget is P5.024 trillion.
Doronio assured that he will be transparent in all his pet projects for the development of this city and for the alleviation from poverty of the Oponganons (residents of Lapu-Lapu City which was formerly known as Opon). (ai/mtvn)