Also included is a list of local-based projects such the construction of schools and multi-purpose buildings in the barangays, local roads and bridges, and water management facilities.
“Last year, in close coordination between Senator Manny Pacquiao and Ruel Pacquiao, we (Sarangani) received over a billion and a half that was utilized for the widening of roads and other infrastructure constructions. So we are now eyeing for an increase of about P200 million for 2020,” said Ramos, as he spoke before the League of Municipalities in the Philippines (Sarangani chapter) during its September 13 second regular meeting in Kiamba.
The LMP concurrent president, Malungon town Mayor Atty. Maria Theresa D. Constantino, speaking on behalf of the other six mayors of the comprising municipalities, gave gratitude and utmost acknowledgement to all the relentless efforts that both the congressman and senator have stressed in initiating the means of the much desired innovations in terms of progress and development in the different towns.
In a follow up interview, Jonathan G. Bantug, Sarangani District Engineer, said the budget deliberation in Congress was set to be divided during its actual implementation, with portions to be implemented by the DPWH regional office.
“Actually, this proposal is not yet final. As we expect some changes to happen amid its process. Maybe it will be lessened, or an additional for it will be allocated,” Bantug stated.
Meanwhile, Atty. Ramos also presented to the LMP the 14 House bills that were passed by Congressman Pacquiao in the House of Representatives for CY 2020. These include: HB01811, or an Act that declares barangay officials as regular government employees; HB01814, which is an Act that proposes the creation of the Municipality of Malandag in the province of Sarangani; HB01813, which is an Act of establishing a social protection program to assist indigent farmers and fisher-folk who have reached the retirement age without existing pension; HB03494, or the Act of converting the Municipality of Alabel into a component city to be known as the City of Alabel; and HB01808, that proposes the separation of Sitio Ladol from Barangay Poblacion in Alabel town. (MALUNGON INFORMATION OFFICE)