Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Sorsogon lady solon urges village officials to be honest, dedicated
By Bobby Q. Labalan

SORSOGON CITY, Dec. 2 (PNA) – A lady lawmaker from Sorsogon province has urged local barangay officials to take their roles seriously and put the interest of their respective constituents over and above their own.

Rep. Evelina Escudero (1st Dist.-Sorsogon) made the exhortation as she administered the oath of office to the village officials of Donsol in the town’s parish church during the mass oath-taking ceremony on Friday.

“Your oath is sacred and so are your positions which came from your constituents,” Escudero said, as she called on the village officials of the town, known for its whale sharks, to be faithful servants of the people and not to act as masters.

Public service requires sacrifice, dedication and honesty, she stressed.

Gov. Raul Lee aired the same appeal as he joined Escudero in administering the oath to barangay officials of the neighboring town of Pilar after the activity in Donsol.

“Don’t squander the trust and confidence reposed upon you by your constituents, instead repay them with honest and dedicated service,” Lee advised.

He urged them to be magnanimous in their victory and put aside bickering.

During the two occasions, Escudero assured the barangay leaders that she would continue assisting them through programs and projects despite the abolition of the Priority Development Assistance Fund, also known as pork barrel.

The lady legislator said the abolition of the fund does not necessarily mean that she could no longer assist her constituents in terms of programs and projects.

“It’s just a matter of being industrious,” she added.

Escudero said she would continuously hold consultations with barangay leaders so she would know their priority needs, whose funding she can possibly source out from various government agencies.

The lawmaker invited the barangay officials to a briefing-consultation with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Dec. 6 “to apprise you of the key programs and projects of these two agencies which can be tapped to help your constituents.”

DOLE and DENR have livelihood programs which can be availed of by barangay residents, she said. (PNA) SCS/FGS/BQL/CBD/