One of the many ways to identify the needs of the people is to sit down with them in an even level and allow them to speak of their priorities. This is what the Representative Kimi S. Cojuangco tries to cultivate in her district after the strenuous preparation of the country’s 2010 budget. She made her debut in barangay Camanang, Bolaoen, Cabuloan and Tiposu in Urdaneta City on November 11, 2010 followed by three more barangays in the municipality of Pozorrubio the following day.
Several concerns were discussed in the “no holds barred” meetings but most issues that were brought out by the residents were related to farm necessities, clean water, health services, education, livelihood and employment, which are exactly in consonance with the programs that the Lady Solon wants to address fully in her district.
In the said barangays, she assured the continuity of the annual allotment of Five Hundred Thousand Pesos (P500,000.00) worth of projects that the former Congressman, Mark O. Cojuangco, initiated during his incumbency. The barangays concerned were given the option where to lay their Congressional Development Fund (CDF) allocation. An Automated “Tubig” Machine (ATM), which means a mechanized supply of water, shall continue to be provided to the people. Heavy drilling machines that are capable to tap water to as deep as three thousand feet below the ground surface were procured from abroad to guarantee a steady supply of clean and potable water. Common wells are dug only to as deep as forty to sixty feet that make them easily susceptible to contamination caused by nearby septic tanks or canals.
A continuous feeding program to undernourished children shall also be maintained through the supervision of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) office. Among the provisions is a supply of fresh cow’s milk direct from the district’s dairy farm in Laoac. However, the distribution shall be on a categorized basis where children belonging to the poorest among the poor shall be benefitted with a subsidized supply and those who have but fairly enough can avail discounts to as cheaper than the cheapest Coca-Cola soft drink on the same amount of content. The well-off shall buy the product at its current cheap price to lure them out from drinking too much soda that is disadvantageous to health.
After her speech being the Guest Speaker at the first Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) graduation ceremony in Sison on November 11, 2010, the Solon rushed to Pozorrubio to be present again at a “Talakayan (forum) sa Barangay”, which she previously set for barangay Palguyod, Amagbagan and Tulnac. Pozorrubio Mayor Artemio Chan took pleasure in accompanying the Solon in her mission for an enhanced leader-constituent partnership towards development. Here, Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco called upon the out of school youths and interested individuals to enroll at the TESDA Training Center in Sison for free education and training on Housekeeping NC II, Massage Therapy NC II, Food and Beverages NC II, Shielded Metal Arc Welding NC II, Building Wiring Installation NC II and Baking NC II courses.
“I will not stop looking for more resources to bring home to you!” she was heard saying as she left the last barangay.