Investors' confidence up in Sta. Barbara town
By Danny O Sagun
Dagupan City (16 June) -- Investors' confidence is building up in the third district town of Sta. Barbara as shown by the entry of another bottling company, according to Mayor Reynaldo Velasco.
Velasco said RC Cola Bottling Company is constructing its plant in barangay Marunong along the road going to neighbor Malasiqui town. For several years now, La Tondena Distillers has been operating its plant in barangay Tebag, giving much-needed revenues for the municipality aside from employment opportunities for Pangasinenses especially residents of that town.
On concerns that pollution as a price for industrialization may eventually affect the town's river systems particularly the Sinucalan river which empties its waters to the Lingayen Gulf, the mayor said he was confident that agencies concerned like the Department of Environment and Natural Resources would have fully evaluated the plant's application for an environmental compliance certificate.
He also told the Engkwentro sa Lenox forum Tuesday that his administration would see to it that the plant complies with the ECC particularly on the requirement for the provision of water treatment facilities.
A retired police general, Velasco said he was using his connections and friendships developed over the years in getting projects and investments for his town, which has been reclassified first class. "Yon bale ang advantage ko over other mayors, puede akong dumiretso sating mga kaibigan," he said.
He also said that former military men like him can become effective administrators or managers. "Karamihan dyan may master's degrees, yong iba may doctorate pa tulad ko," he noted as he mentioned names of retiring police officers who used to work under him in the police organization and who are said to be eyeing political posts in the coming elections.
He said that his accomplishments in barely two years only proved that former men in uniform can effectively work for the benefit of their constituents. He cited the on-going rehabilitation of the town's irrigation system courtesy of the National Irrigation Administration and the Department of Agriculture and construction of school buildings and other facilities as best proof of his performance. "For the past 35 years pinabayaan nila yang irigasyon," he said. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]