By Chito Chavez
A party-list group is pushing for the passage of a law that will compel all politicians to continue with the laudable programs of past administrations even if they belong to rival political parties.
In a rally Friday night rally at the Quezon Memorial Circle, One Philippines Party-list said it plans to file “Projects and Programs Continuity Bill’’ once given a chance to serve in Congress.
The bill aims to assure the citizens of continuous and long-term projects and programs that will benefit the people.
“Maraming proyekto ang nasasayang dahil sa bawat pagpapalit ng administrasyon o namumuno, lalo kung hindi magkaalyado, ay naisasantabi na lang ang mga proyektong nasimulan na ng naunang administrasyon (There are a lot projects that go to waste after a new administration steps in especially if the proponent of the said project is not an ally),” 1P first nominee Rafa Alunan said.
Alunan added “history already taught us that the government have so many good projects but it only went into waste because of vindictive mindset of traditional politicians who make business out of public service’’.
“One of the biggest example of this negative practice is the sorry plight of Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP) – a project that aimed to lessen the price of electricity. The government released billions of pesos for its construction but the people wasn’t able to benefit from it,’’ One Philippines said.
In the local level, One Philippines cited as example of another sound project went into waste was the construction of a hospital in a district in Bulacan.
“Its construction began but after a change in administration, the project was left out and millions of pesos from the government’s purse became useless,’’ the group said.
Gabo Ignacio another One Philippines nominee expressed frustration of projects being introduced only to remain unfinished to the detriment of the Filipino people.
He insisted there should be a law that would stop the system where worthy projects are discontinued because the proponent is not allied with the current administration.
Ignacio also lashed out this system specifically when rogue politicians make these projects as their personal milking cows.
Former PNP chief Arturo Lomiban another One Philippines nominee said that ordinary Filipinos are at the losing end of this malpractice as these worthy projects are supposed to benefit them.
The group maintained having a Projects and Programs Continuity Act will also be an effective tool to assure the present administration that the Build Build Build Program will continue even after President Duterte’s term ends on 2022.
Aside from Alunan, Ignacio and Lomibao, other nominees of 1P include former AFP Deputy Chief of Staff Edilberto Adan and Mindanaoan Jackie Omar. #MatalinongBoto2019