Kudos to Manila’s District 1 Representative Manny Lopez, whose efforts to provide urban poor families in Tondo with houses that they could call their own, has finally come to fruition.
Lopez indeed, effectively pushed for the in-city relocation of the families in his beloved district of Tondo and even made sure that the signing of the said landmark memorandum of understanding (MOU) be held in Parola.
Reports have it that ‘some will finally get their own houses that were promised them 20 years ago after the House of Representatives opted to exercise oversight powers vested in it.’
“Finally, the hard work of Congress is becoming a reality and can truly be felt by our countrymen who are most in need. They will now have their own home built on land and not over water. This is clear evidence of government working for the people,” Lopez said.
Under the plan, five-storey buildings will be built on five hectares of land at Isla Puting Bato donated by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) to the National Housing Authority.
The informal settlers will only pay P600 per month for the next 25 years for their units and an initial P1 billion had been allocated for the construction of the low-rise buildings in Isla Puting Bato.
The PPA will assist in the project with the help of port operator International Container Terminal Services Inc.
It will be recalled that during her rein in 2001, then president and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued an executive proclamation and rallied leaders in Congress to sign a memorandum of agreement which, in effect, will save the urban poor families from being relocated outside Manila.
At least 2,400 urban poor families from two communities in Tondo, Manila will benefit from the planned socialized housing units, a project which could not have been realized if it were not for the efforts of Lopez. He has proven once again that as a true-blue product of Tondo, his heart is with his constituents. True enough, what endears him to his constituents is the fact that he is constantly amiable and humble.
Notably too, Lopez is one congressman whose record has never been tainted with any irregularity or anomaly and his list of accomplishments is more than enough to make him worthy of getting reelected.
His father, the late Mel Lopez, Jr., who served as Manila Mayor for two terms -- from 1986 to 1987 and again from 1988 to 1992 -- and who happened to be a good friend, is surely grinning from ear to ear in heaven for indeed, he raised his son well.
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Reports have it that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) was mulling the idea of getting cadets from the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) to serve as Board of Elections Inspector (BEI) for the May elections, during the impasse on the 2019 proposed budget.
Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said this idea is based on the system where the honoraria being given to the teachers are drawn from the 2019 budget.
To me, this is such a welcome idea given the fact that the reputation of some teachers performing election duties had become some sort of sullied over the years for obvious reasons.
Let me stress that I am not generalizing the teachers because I believe that there are still some in their ranks who maintain their dignity and integrity. However, truthfully speaking, there are those who engage in prostituting their election duties in exchange for various kinds of gratification, specifically, money.
Should the announcement of Jimenez be adopted, I think the presence of cadets will lend more credibility to the coming elections.
A good number of teachers, as we all know, have become too familiar with those seated in power so that corrupting them is much easier than doing the same to the cadets who will be deployed for the first time. The latter’s neutrality is much more guaranteed.
That is my opinion and I’m entitled to it.
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