Mayor Rey Velasco’s feat

June 30, 2009 at 4:57 am Leave a comment


vir2Last June 23, I attended the inauguration of five school rooms in Barangays Erfe and Malanay in Sta. Barbara. Three school rooms in Daroy Elementary School were donated by regional directors of Philippine National Police (PNP) and their families- Chief Supt. Ramon V. Gatan (Region 1), Chief Supt. Mario T. San Diego (Region VIII) and Chief Supt. Danny Emperad (Region 10).

According to Mayor Rey Velasco, the donations came as a surprise from the three generals who were mistahs at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA), Class of 1977. It all started as a joke when he was telling them to donate one classroom each after two units were previously donated to the same school by two of their former mistahs . The three classrooms (painted, with ceilings and comfort room inside) cost only P750,000 or P250,000 each.

While watching the inauguration of the school rooms, I saw smiles from the faces of the barangay officials and school teachers showing how grateful they were to the generals. Mayor Velasco was equally proud of the gestures given by the generals who were once his subordinates when he was still connected with the Philippine National Police.

But the case in Malanay Elementary School was different. The two school rooms were constructed out of the funds of the barangay, Sangguniang Kabataan and the municipal government. The cost sharing scheme was lauded by Mayor Velasco which he said was a way of maximizing the use of funds of the government.

In that same school, a school room was constructed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) out of the ”pork funds” of 3rd District Rep. Rachel J. Arenas to the tune of P480,000. The said school room pales in comparison to those constructed with a cost of P250,000 by the municipal government. The RJA school room (a prominent logo placed at the façade of the room) has no ceiling, no door knobs, no comfort rooms and no painting.

Why I am writing this? This is to show how a municipal mayor in the caliber of Mayor Velasco could maximize the municipal funds in constructing school rooms in his turf. When he assumed his position in June 2007, part of his 10-point agenda is the construction of school buildings where he promised his people to construct 150 school rooms during his three years administration. However, with only two years as mayor of the town, he has already constructed 250 school rooms (of course DPWH/DepEd funds included) and surpassed what he had promised to his constituents.

He was excellent in fund outsourcing as shown by the many donated school rooms, the housing project of Gawad Kalinga and the various agricultural projects of the town, the latest the drainage and irrigation facilities. He is a mayor who knows his trade and could make a turn around in the development process.

As election time is fast approaching in 2010, there are now would-be candidates who are posturing to the people. They are making rounds of the barangays and doing projects like medical missions, sports tournaments and many activities to make their presence felt by the people. On this, we have to discern from the candidates the likes of Mayor Velasco who mean real public service- devoid of fanfares and focused on his work.

We need the kind of political savvy of Mayor Velasco. While he was touted as a military man, that kind of experience has given him leverage particularly in the field of community service and public order and safety.

Entry filed under: Opinion.

School rooms in Sta. Barbara inaugurated Nobody can make me afraid – Manay Gina

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