|Mayor Romero (blue barong) signs another project|
The last term mayor of this burgeoning town in Central Pangasinan has chalked up multi-million of pesos of donations and pledges for projects this year to buttress his municipality from national officials. Mayor Herminio Romero bared that Senator Pia Cayetano gave him P1 million for the construction of the newly painted community infirmary, the new comfort rooms for the disabled, and a ramp for them to use at the Mangaldan Youth Development Center (MYDC).
He said he has to intercede for Representative Gina de Venecia (4th District, Pangasinan) for farm-to-market road, and the P1.5 million constructions of a new wooden flooring of the MYDC. Senator Chiz Escudero, Romero said, gave half-a-million pesos to him while Senator Loren Legarda shelled out three hundred thousand pesos for corn plant production to level up the output of farmers here. Senator Manny Villar, the outgoing mayor cited, through the intervention of his wife Cynthia who runs for the Senate, pledged three hundred thousand pesos from his Priority Development Assistance Fund known as pork barrel for this town.
Romero said the office of the president of the Philippines through the intercession of Rep. de Venecia, pledged more funds for the concreting of the earth dikes here and the ten million pesos drainage in the public market. He said he asked too for funds by requesting directly to Cristino Naguit Jr, chairman of the Philippine Gaming & Amusement Corporation, so he can expedite the construction of the first phase of the multi-million pesos multiple story public market that is already 80 percent completed.
He said the edifice would probably be the biggest modern public market in the province of Pangasinan after its second phase will be finished next year. “Kung hindi ka hihingi hindi malalaman ang problema mo,” Romero quipped in relations to the series of “mannas” from the national government that he just poured in this progressive municipality in Central Pangasinan. Romero, a stalwart of the Nationalista Party, vies for a seat in the provincial board in the next year’s poll.