water project in
due to SP inaction
multi-million water supply project in the capital town is in danger of
losing loan funds as the Sangguniang Panlalawigan has yet to endorse the
project as required by the Asian Development Bank.
sources at the provincial board say that the measure has yet to pass the
committee level as the Committee on Infrastructure chaired by PBM Catalino
Gabao, Jr. and the Committee on Appropriations headed by PBM Carlos
Aguilar have yet to meet in joint session due to frequent absences of its
chairmen and members.
if the said committees finally consider the resolution and endorse the
same to the provincial board for approval, the current standoff between
the faction loyal to Gov. Hector S. Sanchez and the so-called Verceles
bloc led by Vice Gov. Alfred M. Aquino may yet derail its early
the terms of its approval by an inter-agency committee composed of
representatives from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA),
the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), the Department of Budget
and Management (DBM) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH),
the P16.8-million project would have to be endorsed by the Sangguniang
Bayan of Virac, the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and the Regional Development
to its original timetable, the endorsements was to have been submitted to
the LWUA Board of Trustees as early as August 2000, with the LWUA
endorsing the same to ADB for the release of funds. Had the original
schedule been followed, the project could have started last September or
it happened, the Virac municipal council okayed the measure only last
November and submitted the same to the provincial board where it has
languished at the legislative cellar.
general manager Engr. Virgilio T. Arcilla said that there is a possibility
that, absent the required endorsement resolutions, the LWUA or ADB may
instead allocate the funds for Virac to other Bicol towns h that have
applied for a similar loan, most probably Matnog in Sorsogon.
rehabilitation of water sources of the capital has become imperative due
to the rapidly expanding residential areas as well as increasing
population. About P10 million of the loan funds would go to the
rehabilitation of the CSC deep well unit, the Cauayan slow-sand filter and
the replacement of eroded and leaking transmission and distribution pipes
from the Padurog and Sibanjan sources. The VIWAD's service area would also
be expanded to include Bigaa, Danicop and Valencia.
The Virac Sports Center is
shown packed with hundreds of boxing fans as they trooped to see
Catanduanes amateurs battle simonpures from Camarines Sur as well as
five professional fights during the recent Bakbakan sa Virac.
shows former Governor Severo C. Alcantara (2nd from left)
beside congressional aspirant NTC Commissioner Joseph A. Santiago
during the Bakbakan sa Virac. Also at the venue were Virac Mayor
Cito Alberto and San Miguel Mayor Jun Camano.
One of the protagonists in
the amateur feature gets entangled in the ropes while attempting to
elude his opponent’s charge.
boxing champ Manny Pacquiao proved the
has a following among the locals as he was mobbed by fans after the
Shown here beside the boxer is noted referee Ver Abainza and Mr.