ILOILO – The 11th Sangguniang Panlalawigan, presided by Vice Governor Raul Tupas, has started bringing itself closer to the public by conducting its regular session out of town once every month.
Tupas said this initiative started last month when one of their sessions was held in Concepcion and second time was held yesterday in Damires Hills, a premier inland resort in Janiuay.
“We are doing this to strengthen our interpersonal relationship with municipal or city councils in the province,” he said.
“This is also one way for us to consult the municipal or city councils of their problems and how we can be of help to them,” he added.
Prior to the session, Janiuay Mayor Frankie Locsin shared to the Provincial Board the ongoing efforts of the local government unit to convert the first-class town into a component city.
Locsin also disclosed that the Asian Development Bank has started doing the feasibility study for the proposed sanitary landfill in Barangay Karawdan, Janiuay.
The project includes a waste-to-energy plant that is estimated to cost US$7.5 million.
Locsin also took the opportunity to ask the Provincial Board’s assistance to construct a two-storey building for their session hall and municipal social welfare and development office.
A total of P100,000 was requested from each provincial board members while P200,000 from the office of the vice governor.
But only Provincial Board Member Manny Gallar and Liga ng Mga Barangay President Jeneda Salcedo-Orendain assured to donate funds as of yesterday.
Meanwhile, Regional Manager Gerardo P. Corsiga of National Irrigation Administration Region 6 briefed the Provincial Board of the Jalaur Multi-Purpose Project Phase II in Calinog town.
The P11.2-billion project funded by South Korea is the biggest irrigation project to be built outside Luzon.
The 102-meter reservoir dam can irrigate 31,840 hectares of farmlands and produced 6.6-megawatts of power. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)