Aside from ‘pork,’ Arenas brings P150-M projects

May 1, 2011 at 4:35 pm Leave a comment


By Mortz C. Ortigoza

SAN CARLOS CITY- Third District Rep. Rachel Arenas brought P150 million worth of project this year to the district, aside from her regular annual priority development assistance fund of P70 million.
Rep. Rachel Arenas said it took a lot of efforts to chalk-up this mammoth amount from cabinet secretaries, department heads, and bureau chief.
She continued that the P150 million is not a congressional insertion but funds needed by her constituents who lived in the five towns and a city in Central Pangasinan.
“Dito naman sa administration na ito pantay-pantay. Whatever, walang kakampi, walang hindi. Walang kapatid, walang hindi. I believed that if they know that it is important then it would come. Ngayon lang, we have to give time. The cabinet secretaries change their priorities. So we have to work with them,” she said.
During Arenas’s 1st term in office she was the envy of congressmen, senators, and her rivals as she brought projects that ran up to P1.5 billion.
It was the result of her closeness with the previous administration.
The 2nd term Harvard trained lawmaker said she is presently preoccupied with projects like irrigation, gyms, and the usual farm-to-market roads.
In an earlier pronouncement, Eng. Marietta Mendoza, the chief of the 2nd Sub-District of the Department of Public Works & Highway, said aside from the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) last year Arenas, she got tens of millions of pesos for regular infrastructure program from the Departments of Social Welfare & Development and the Public Works & Highway.
Mendoza said that the solon is still collecting resolutions from the city, municipalities, and villages’ officials for her to determine what areas and programs to be funded.
Arenas likewise lauded Archbishop Socrates Villegas by building a convent in her farm in the town of Malasiqui.
Meanwhile, Arenas refused to comment on the brewing divisive issues of Jai-Alai and Loterya ng Bayan in Pangasinan.
She declared that Loterya is legal while Jai Alai is illegal.
“So, sa akin ang PCSO (Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office) is really pushing the Loterya ng Bayan, and we should support that. Sa akin ang dating kabo mag-kakaroon sila ng uniporme pang-suporta with the government. Hindi na sila hunted na nagtatago. Ito ang-kabuhayan nila, “ she stressed.
She declared that she read and heard that the Games & Amusement Board limits only to Cagayan Province the operation of Jai-Alai .
“Alam ko naman na maraming issue ang Jai-Alai dito but as much as possible as a national official I do not want to get involved in commenting in that gambling issues,” she said.

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