VARIOUS quarters continue to hope that government infrastructure projects, including those in the countryside, where majority of the poor work and live, are completed without delay.
But saddening are reports that some solons are not informed of infrastructure projects being undertaken in their respective districts, causing delay in the completion of said projects.
Rep. Winston Castelo said “we experienced several problems that caused delay dun po sa completion ng projects. This would not have happened had the agencies coordinated with the concerned individuals.”
Castelo, who represents Quezon City in the House of Representatives, is chairman of the influential House committee on Metro Manila Development which discussed Resolution No. 2185.
The Lower House of Congress approved said resolution to avoid unnecessary delays and the district representatives being bypassed by the involved offices and agencies.
That’s why there’s a need for concerned state offices and agencies to regularly apprise members of the House of Representatives on the infrastructure projects in their respective districts.
The concerned offices include the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the Department of Transportation (DoTr).
We share the view of Marikina City Rep. Bayani Fernando that it is imperative for our congressmen to be involved in these government flagship projects from the start.
A former chairman of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Fernando stressed that district representatives must be aware of these projects to be able to inform their respective constituents.
Let’s remember that as elected officials, our district and party-list congressmen, together with the senators, are the “eyes” and “ears” of the Filipino people in the government.