LAOAG CITY – Vice President Jejomar C. Binay vowed to extend immediate assistance to the families affected by Typhoon Ineng during his visit to Ilocos Norte recently.
Binay made this promise when he and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos visited Barangays Poblacion 1 and 2 in Pagudpud; Ablan, Bobon and Paayas in Burgos; and Estancia, Pragata, Nalvo and Davila in Pasuquin on August 26.
The Office of the Vice President (OVP) will deliver 500 bags of relief goods to Laoag; 500 to Nueva Era; and 1,500 to Solsona in Ilocos Norte; and 1,600 to Caoayan; 2,000 to Narvacan; and 2,000 to Santa in Ilocos Sur.
The OVP will also bring seedlings for farmers who lost their crops due to the typhoon.
“Tinanong ko kay Gov. [Marcos] kasi last time ‘nung nagkaroon ng calamity dito, nangailangan siya ng seedlings. Sinabi niya na kailangan niya ang seedlings. ‘Di tinawagan ako, magpapadala ng seedlings,” Binay said.
Meanwhile, the Vice President scored the national government on failing to provide for the infrastructure needs of the province to prevent flooding.
“Narinig naman ho ninyo na yung infrastructure assistance na para sa Ilocos Norte hindi nangyayari. Kaya ngayon ho’y binaha na naman [sila]. May lugar pala dito sa Ilocos Norte hanggang kili-kili umaabot ang tubig,” he said in an interview at Brgy. Paayas in Burgos.
“Yon pa yata talaga ang isang problema sa administrasyon ngayon. Katulad noong sa Cebu. Yong mga infrastructure requirements hindi naman ho dumating, puro proposal lang. Mabuti pa yong mga kapartido nila, sobra sobra,” he added.
Binay noted that government allotted P125 billion to Iloilo, bailiwick of Liberal Party stalwart Senator Franklin Drilon, and “hundreds of hundreds of millions” for Batanes, home province of Budget Secretary Florencio Abad.
Earlier, the Vice President slammed the national government for scrimping on infrastructure projects in Cebu, which led to the fall of the province’s competitive index.
“Kulang na kulang sa infrastructure projects at dahil dito, nagsisikip ang mga kalsada sa traffic, madalas ang pagbaha. Dahil dito, apektado ang negosyo at ang hanapbuhay ng ating mga kababayan dito sa Cebu,” he said.
In the 2015 index, the province of Cebu got third place; Misamis Oriental, second place; while Davao Del Sur was awarded the most competitive province.#