Abra representative reports on accomplishments
by Maritess Benas
Bangued, Abra (6 December) -- Abra Congresswoman Jocelyn Valera-Bernos presented her accomplishments during the inauguration of her district office at the ground floor of the Provincial Capitol Building in Bangued last December 3. 2010.
In her speech, Bernos enumerated the eight committees where she is a member aside from her being the vice-chair of the committee on cooperatives and development. These the public works and highways; order and safety; women and gender equality; games and amusement; natural resources; health; natural and cultural; and appropriate farming.
The young legislator announced that she had already filed her own proposed bills in Congress and these are now ready for reading. These are the recognition of the Abrenian Kawayan Festival; conversion of La Paz District Hospital to a National Hospital; Management of the Abra River; the Proper management of the Abra Electric Cooperative; dismantling private armies; magna carta for journalists; establishment of municipal livelihood; provision of assistance to immediate family of soldiers killed in the performance of their duties; and for the minimum salary grade of public school teachers; among others.
The Congresswoman spoke of transparency in the implementation of her P551,800,068.00 Congressional Funds for the year 2011. She disclosed her priority projects to be funded. The soft projects include medical assistance to indigent Abrenios, sponsorship of indigent families in the PhilHealth insurance; free hospitalization for Abrenios in the three biggest hospitals in Manila; financial assistance for various social services; botika sa barangay; livelihood projects to municipalities.
Hard projects include the concreting of farm to market roads in the the following municipalities: Penarrubia, Luba, Manabo, Danglas, Licuan-Baay, Villaviciosa, Tubo, and the barangays of Bangued; school buildings in Suyo National High School in Pidigan, La Paz and San Isidro; and the extension of Calot Elementary School of Bangued which is now on-going construction.
There are already on-going projects which the Congresswoman reported like the water system in Sallapadan; the construction of the Abra-Cervantes national road in Tubo and the upgrading of the Abra-Kalinga Road.
Bernos also announced that said she is giving two units of fire trucks to the Bureau of Fire Protection in the province and a C.T. Scan for the new provincial hospital.
On the same occasion, Cong. Bernos and Governor Eustaquio P. Bersamin administered the oath taking of some newly elected Barangay Captains and Barangay Councilors. (PIA-Abra) [top]