Monday, July 9, 2007

The Remaining Parochial Concerns of Rep. Villarosa in the 13th Congress

After we have seen how "too revolutionizing" are the bills of Rep. Villarosa for education in Occidental Mindoro, one might be interested too in knowing the focus of the other remaining thirty (30) bills of "Herr Representative" in the costliest but most inefficient post-Marcos Congress.

For AGRICULTURE and FISHERIES, she had the following:
1. HB02746 (AN ACT ESTABLISHING A BAMBOO NURSERY IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF CALINTAAN, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)
2. HB03320 (AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A FARMER'S CENTER IN EVERY MUNICIPALITY IN THE PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)
3. HB05983 (AN ACT ESTABLISHING FISHERY HATCHERY AND/OR BREEDING FARMS/CENTERS FOR THE PRODUCTION/MULTIPLICATION OF BANGUS FINGERLINGS, LAPU-LAPU, ALIMANGO AND TILAPIA IN THE MUNICIPALITIES OF MAGSAYSAY AND STA. CRUZ IN THE PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)

For HEALTH:
1. HB04334 (AN ACT INCREASING THE BED CAPACITY OF THE SAN JOSE DISTRICT HOSPITAL IN BARANGAY MURTHA, MUNICIPALITY OF SAN JOSE, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, FROM TWENTY-FIVE (25) TO ONE HUNDRED (100) BEDS, PROVIDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A REHABILITATION CENTER ADJUCNT THERETO, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)
2. HB04374 (AN ACT ESTABLISHING A THIRTY-BED CAPACITY HOSPITAL IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF MAGSAYSAY, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, TO BE KNOWN AS THE DR. FRANCO S. BARRERA MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)
3. HB05627 (AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A BARANGAY HEALTH CENTER IN BARANGAY CASAGUE, MUNICIPALITY OF STA. CRUZ, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)

For GOVERNMENT BUILDING(S):
1. HB02949 (AN ACT APPROPRIATING THE AMOUNT OF FIFTEEN MILLION PESOS (P15,000,000.00) FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A MUNICIPAL BUILDING FOR THE MUNICIPALITY OF MAMBURAO, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO)

For (CONCRETING OF) ROADS and BRIDGES:
1. HB02950 (AN ACT APPROPRIATING THE AMOUNT OF ONE MILLION PESOS (P1,000,000.00) FOR THE REPAIR AND CONCRETING OF VILLAROSA STREET AND VILLAR STREET, BOTH SITUATED IN BARANGAY 05, MUNICIPALITY OF MAMBURAO, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO)
2. HB04366 (AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE UPGRADE OF THE EIGHT KILOMETER PROVINCIAL ROAD FROM BARANGAY ADELA UP TO BARANGAY MALAWAAN, MUNICIPALITY OF RIZAL, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO AND APPRORPIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)
3. HB04945 (AN ACT CONVERTING THE MAMBURAO-PALUAN PROVINCIAL ROAD IN OCCIDENTAL MINDORO INTO A NATIONAL ROAD AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)
4. HB05465 (AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE REHABILITATION OF 1.8 KILOMETER FARM-TO-MARKET ROAD IN BARANGAY CLAUDIO SALGADO, MUNICIPALITY OF SABLAYAN, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)
5. HB05477 (AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A CONCRETE BRIDGE ACROSS THE PINAYPAYAN RIVER AND THE REHABILITATION OF THE FEEDER ROAD TO BARANGAY STA. LUCIA-TUBAN IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF SABLAYAN, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)
6. HB05755 (AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE UPGRADE OF FARM-TO-MARKET ROADS IN KEY BARANGAYS IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF RIZAL, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)
7. HB05985 (AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE REHABILITATION OF FARM-TO-MARKET ROADS IN KEY BARANGAYS IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF SABLAYAN, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)
8. HB06026 (AN ACT APPROPRIATING THE AMOUNT OF TWO MILLION PESOS (P2,000,000.00) FOR THE IMMEDIATE REPAIR OF MALISBONG BARANGAY ROAD AND THE KAMBINGAN SECTION OF THE NATIONAL ROAD IN BARANGAY SAN AGUSTIN, MUNICIPALITY OF SABLAYAN, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO)

For an RTC (Regional Trial Court) in Lubang
1. HB03864 (AN ACT CREATING A REGIONAL TRIAL COURT BRANCH IN THE ISLAND OF LUBANG, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, FURTHER AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION FOURTEEN OF BATAS PAMBANSA BILANG 129, AS AMENDED, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE JUDICIARY REORGANIZATION ACT OF 1980, APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)
2. HB06058 (AN ACT CREATING AN ADDITIONAL BRANCH OF THE REGIONAL TRIAL COURT IN THE ISLAND OF LUBANG, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, AMENDING FOR THE PURPOSE SECTION 14, PARAGRAPH (E), OF BATAS PAMBANSA BLG. 129, OTHERWISE KNOWN AS THE JUDICIARY REORGANIZATION ACT OF 1980, AS AMENDED BY R.A. NO. 7154, AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)

For APO REEF:
1. HB03425 (AN ACT ESTABLISHING THE APO REEF IN SABLAYAN, OCCIDENTAL MINDORO AS A PROTECTED AREA UNDER THE CLASSIFICATION OF NATURAL PARK AND ITS PERIPHERAL WATERS AS BUFFER ZONES, PROVIDING FOR ITS MANAGEMENT, FUNDS, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES)
2. HB05907 (AN ACT DECLARING THE APO REEF LOCATED IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF SABLAYAN, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, AS A PROTECTED AREA UNDER THE CLASSIFICATION OF NATURAL PARK AND ITS PERIPHERAL WATERS AS BUFFER ZONES, PROVIDING FOR ITS MANAGEMENT AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES)

For LAND RE-CLASSIFICATION
1. HB04268 (AN ACT RECLASSIFYING 102 HECTARES OF TIMBERLAND LOCATED IN BARANGAY STO. NINO, MUNICIPALITY OF SABLAYAN, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, AS ALIENABLE AND DISPOSABLE LAND FOR RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL AND OTHER PRODUCTIVE PURPOSES)
2. HB04768 (: AN ACT DECLARING A PARCEL OF LAND OF THE PUBLIC DOMAIN LOCATED IN BARANGAY STO. NINO, MUNICIPALITY OF SABLAYAN, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO, AN AGRICULTURAL LAND OPEN TO DISPOSITION FOR RESIDENTIAL, COMMERCIAL, INDUSTRIAL, AND FOR OTHER PRODUCTIVE PURPOSES)

For DAYCARE CENTERS:
1. HB04364 (AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATIONALIZATION OF DAY CARE CENTERS IN EACH OF THE 162 BARANGAYS IN THE PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)

For SPORTS FACILITIES:
1. HB04627 (AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A GYMNASIUM IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF CALINTAAN, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)
2. HB04628 (AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A GYMNASIUM IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF CALINTAAN, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)
3. HB05610 (AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A GYMNASIUM IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF STA. CRUZ, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)

For ELECTRIFICATION:
1. HB04659 (AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE IMMEDIATE ELECTRIFICATION OF SITIOS DUNGON, BAGONG PAG-ASA AND TAGUILAN OF BARANGAY TAYAMAAN, MUNICIPALITY OF MAMBURAO, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)
2. HB05810 (AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE IMMEDIATE ELECTRIFICATION OF IMPORTANT SITIOS IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF RIZAL, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO)

For WATER SUPPLY:
1. HB05611 (AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A POTABLE WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR BARANGAYS ALACAAK AND KURTINGANAN IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF STA. CRUZ, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)
2. HB05984 (AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF A POTABLE WATER SUPPLY SYSTEM FOR BARANGAY SAN AGUSTIN IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF SABLAYAN, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR )

For PROTECTION DIKES:
1. HB05982 (AN ACT PROVIDING FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF PROTECTION DIKES IN AMNAY, RAYUSAN AND MOMPONG RIVERS IN THE MUNICIPALITY OF SABLAYAN, PROVINCE OF OCCIDENTAL MINDORO AND APPROPRIATING FUNDS THEREFOR)

As a summary, Rep. Villarosa's remaining thirty (30) bills were for: agriculture and fisheries (3); health (3); government building (1); roads and bridges (8); RTC in Lubang (2); for conservation of apo reef (2); land re-classification (2); daycare centers (1); sports facilities (3); electrification (2); water supply (2); and protection dikes (1).

Frankly, the bills -- that are reflections of what's in the mind of our congresswoman or of what she intended to afford us as her service to her constituents -- are simply potential sources for kickbacks. Pardon me, if I have this bias. But, our province longs to see and use infrastractures that are of good quality. For one, when the national road from San Jose up to San Pedro, Rizal was being constructed by a foreign construction firm, the usual observation was the ocean of difference between the craftmanship of local contractors and Han Jin construction company. Obviously, there should not be any point of comparison. Precisely, the foreign company was better equipped than the local contractors. But this was hardly seen as an acceptable explanation. In the minds of people, that the politicians had hard time mulcting from the "big company", or if the former succeeded in asking for grease money the latter had deeper pocket to compensate for the lost financial resource.

I also have this inkling that the reason for such bills is Madam Girlie's pork barrel -- that occasion for graft and corruption, as it is never liquidated. Pork barrel does not reach the solons' hands in cold cash. Sometimes, this is in the form of contracts or projects -- which, if realized, are font of easy money.

May nagawa na sa para sa bayan (daw!), may maibubulsa pa!!!

Unmistakably, too, why are there bills for the construction of gymnasiums for Calintaan and Sta. Cruz? Are these separate from the now-existing gymnasiums? Is the population of Calintaan and Sta. Cruz big enough to be probably afforded with two different gymnasiums? Mas madalas na ngang nakatiwangwang lang ang mga nakatayo na, magtatayo pa uli ng isa...

From the records of the House of Representatives, there is really no indication that the bills on electrification were approved. At least, from what's available on-line. But even before I came to know of this bill (particularly that for Dungon in Mamburao), I understood that Rep. Villarosa was to have Dungon "electrified". How? It was the campaign promise of her son, Bambi Villarosa, who ran for mayorship of Mamburao. Actually, after the defeat of Bambi, the continuation -- hey, was it started? -- of the electrification of Dungon is no longer sure.

Well, this is not what is expected from a member of the costliest Congress. You know, when her husband was the congressman, JTV crafted a law -- the present Fisheries Act -- that's really sensible; at least, by the choice of the subject.

But her husband is now languishing in jail... Hanggang kailan pa tayo magtitiis, Mindoreno?

Will someone better than her take the lead?