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Puerto Princesa candidates for councilor and party-List congressional aspirant presented their priorities during a candidate’s forum initiated by Palawan Daily News in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Palawan Office and the Commission on Elections (COMELEC) on Wednesday, May 8 at the Best Western Plus the Ivywall Hotel.
Among those present were incumbent City Councilors Nesario G. Away, Rolando Amurao, and former City Councilor Michael Tan from Kuridas team, independent candidates for councilors Tehani Hernandez, Ryan Abueme, and Engr. Earl Veronne Dela Cruz. PALECO Board chairman Jeffrey Tan-Endriga, who is a nominee in congress for APEC partylist was also present.
City Councilor Atty. Nesario G. Awat informed the audience that he sponsored a Livelihood Ordinance that will institutionalize the city’s assistance to help boost the livelihood endeavors of every individuals. He is confident that the ordinance will be passed by the city council and approved by the city mayor.
He explained that if the city government will allocate P100 Million to support the livelihood of these organizations in the city, in three years, the funds will baloon to P300 Million or P900 Million in 9 years, since the funds will be returned by the borrowers to the city government.
“Dapat bigyan ng oportunidad ang mga mamamayan makapag-hanap buhay. Ito ay character loan. Inaasahan natin na ito at magiging ganap ng ordinansa,” Awat said.
City Councilor Rolando Amurao emphasized the important roles of every individual in the community towards attaining peace and order and in getting rid of criminality, illegal drugs and insurgency.
“Bakit nagkakaroon ng insurgency? Poverty, discrimination doon sa mga mahihirap. Lahat ng ito ay mareresolba sa pakikipagtulungan ng komunidad,” Amurao said.
Michael Tan said that he will push for the construction of oval and sports facilities such as athletic fields closer to northern and southern barangays to support programs for the youth. He also underscore the importance of leading by example to inspire ordinary citizen of the city.
“Kapag tayo ay nasa gobyerno ay gagawa po tayo ng tama para hindi dadami ang kriminalidad at mga pasaway,” Tan said.
Tehani Hernandez said that she will help the people of Puerto Princesa by bringing mobile clinic equipped with medical supplies and equipment to serve barangays especially interior villages whose people has limited access to health services.
“Kailangan natin ng konsehal na mangangalaga sa inyong kalusugan, pati sa kasulok-sulokan ng ating mga barangay,” she said.
Engr. Dela Cruz said that poor roads in the city should be checked. He said that he will push for the development and improvement of potential tourism sites so that tourists will stay longer in Puerto Princess, and this will propel the city’s economic activity.
Ryan Abueme, who is currently the Barangay Captain of Brgy. Bucana-Matahimik said that he wanted for the creation of a multi-sectoral body that will help check and monitor the implementation of infrastructure projects especially city-funded road projects.
Jeffrey Tan Enriga, urged voters to support APEC party list to help improve the services of the electric cooperatives and protect these electric coops owned by the consumers themselves.
“Gusto natin na aabot ng 30 to 70 percent ang reserve natin. Sa ngayon ay 10 percent lang ang pinapayagang buffer sa total power demand namin. Ang Palawan ay kasama sa SPAG or hindi tayo connected sa main grid. Kung walang pino-produce ang planta (power generation companies) ay wala tayong maibigay,” he said.