|Rep. Gina de Venecia meets Bilawal Zardari Bhutto,the only son of her good friend, the former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto who was assassinated in 2007. The two leaders met at 7th ICAPP (International Conference of Asian Political Parties) general assembly in Nanning, China last week (Sept. 5 to 7). Bilawal is now the Chairman of the Pakistan People's Party, which was formerly headed by her mother. Rep. De Venecia, Vice Chairperson of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of the Philippines' House of Representatives, is among the speakers at the said conference. |
Last week, the construction of road and drainage system of Barangay Bonuan Gueset, worth P45 million has started. According to the DPWH, the said projects, initiated by Rep. Gina de Venecia, will be finished in December, this year.
Rep de Venecia said that she has prioritized the construction of the Bonuan Gueset road to ease the mobility of the residents in the barangay, which is one of the most densely populated in the city. The new drainage system, she added, will abate constant flooding in the barangay and will also boost the local tourism in the Tondaligan beach area.
While De Venecia’s main responsibility as a congressional representative is to legislate laws that would benefit the district, she is also entitled to allot her countrywide development fund to finance important projects, which are neglected by the city government.
At present, the congresswoman has 16 other on-going projects in the city, worth 13.7 million. These include the 7 road concreting projects in the city: PNR site road in Mayombo; Sitio Centro road in Lasip Grande; Purok 4 road in Lucao; Sitio Boquig road at Patalan, Bacayao Sur; Salisay road; Callejon extension road in Pogo Chico; and Cassimira Claveria road in Pogo Grande.
De Venecia is also building six classrooms for Dagupan East Central Integrated School in Barangay Mayombo worth P5.5 million; the barangay halls of Lomboy and Tebeng; the foot bridge at Sitio Nibaliw in Mangin; the drainage system of Francisco Duque road in Tapuac, Cassimira Claveria road in Malued, Sitio Boquig road in Sagur, Mamalingling, the Bacayao Norte road, and the entire Herrero Perez road.
In terms of legislation, some of her successful measures is the proposal to double the size of the Region 1 Medical Center, from 300 –bed capacity to 600 bed capacity. This house bill has already passed the committee level, and its funding is already included in the national appropriations.
Manay Gina believes that the modernization and expansion of the Regional Hospital and the presence of several state-of- the art private hospitals and clinics in Dagupan, are more than sufficient to serve the constituents of the city and the entire district.
In addition, De Venecia has also proposed the establishment of a Fish Port in Dagupan to compliment the operation of the Seafood Fish Processing Plant. “My husband worked hard to have this plant built in Dagupan, with only the welfare of the local fishfolks in mind and no one else’s.” She said that all alternatives are being considered and studied to ensure that the seafood plant will really benefit the people and not be exploited by interest groups for personal gains.