Rep. Kimi Cojuangco posted on tweets her total revulsion over the inaction of the current administration with regards to the passing of the furiously debated and controversial topic which is the Reproductive Health Bill that have been continuously left suspended on air for years.

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By Loejan S. Anudon

Like a doting aunt or cousin who has been away too long, Kimi runs to those she missed the most upon her return. Pangasinan Representative Kimi Cojuangco touched the heart of the many Barangay Health Workers (BHWs) in her district when she brought them gifts during her three-day tour after returning from the U.S. to attend her son’s college graduation and her eldest daughter finish a master’s degree. The tour was the congresswoman’s first activity in her district since her return and what a great boost for morale it was for everyone concerned!

Nothing pleases the congresswoman more than when she is extending goodwill to her constituents and spending time with them. She says that time spent with the citizens of her district reinvigorates her and keeps her on focus. The feeling is contagious as seen from the ear to ear smiles of the BHWs who welcomed her and enjoyed the cheerful rejoinder of their good friend come to visit.

Raucous cheers met the Lady Solon as she entered every venue. Seemingly endless laughter filled the air when the Congresswoman veered from the usual rhetorical speeches and instead talked to the mostly female group of BHWs about life, their children, current news and even chatted about the drama on the television soap operas, to their delight.

The contagious laughter of the women affected Laoac Mayor Silverio Alarcio, Jr.

The yearly commitment to pay tribute to the Barangay Health Workers of the 5th district of Pangasinan was initiated by then congressman Mark Cojuangco during his incumbency and sustained by his wife and successor, Rep. Kimi Cojuangco. The initiative is purely to inspire the workhorses of the barangay by rewarding them with generous grocery gift packs. They do this in appreciation for their exemplary performances and exceeding services to the people that oftentimes pass unnoticed or ignored.

The activity is not without its critics, however. Some call it a political ploy to gain supporters but the Congresswoman merely shrugs off such remarks as an absurd mindset generated by the ill wing of politics.

The tour began in Villasis on July 12, 2012 covering at least three towns a day, concluding in Pozorrubio. Bautista town asked for a reset to July 19, 2012 due to the absence of Mayor Amado “Pogi” Espino, III, who is in China at the time and who is also requesting to take part in the momentous activity.

The BHWs, the congresswoman has always known, are often the frontline to basic health care in the barangays. They sacrifice much of their time and energy in the service of others without expecting additional compensation. Representative Kimi Cojuangco has authored a bill to honor BHWs by dedicating a day to honor them which will soon be offered up in congress when it comes back in session.


By loejan anudon

(L-R) D.E. Noel Diaz, Atty. Rex Paredes and Atty. Clarence Rimando

A team from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) headed by the District Engineer Noel Diaz and Engr. Andy Nicer met with Urdaneta City Administrator, Mr. Ronald San Juan, on July 7, 2012 at the latter’s office for possible recourse to fast track the long stalled completion of the pedestrian overpass in Urdaneta City. Also along with the district engineer were Atty. Rex Paredes and Atty. Clarence Rimando from the DPWH legal office, former board member Dioniso Antiniw and a representative of the Dela Cruz family who sold to the city government a parcel of land.

A meeting of the DPWH officials with the presence of a representative of Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco before the meet-up with the city officials at the old city hall.

The group with Engineer Diaz and the legal counsels for the DPWH first met at a resort in Urdaneta City to orient everyone of the pending issues that largely affect the overall delay of the pedestrian overpass project that former congressman Mark Cojuangco instigated during his term that was carried on by his successor, Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco. The long wait for its completion is generating negative comments that roused alarm to the city officials to immediately call for the meeting.

It is the urgent request of Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco to finish the project on the double; it also needs the city to do its share on the effort being the recipient of a state-of-the-art pedestrian overpass.

The DPWH is all set to complete the project but the need to extend the stairs situated at the eastern part of the national road which is also directly at the opposite side of the168 commercial building requires the acquisition of the adjoining lot at its southern end. The city officials were able to convince the owner, a certain Mr. Fernandez, to swap his land to an equal expanse purchased by the city that is also close to the area. However, it is the strict demand of the owner that he will only acquiesce to the deal once the land to be swapped is already titled and bearing his name as the legitimate owner.

At the start of the meeting, the District Engineer was given the floor to open with a detailed explanation on the much extended delay of the project; with part of the hindrance eventually owing to the city’s inadvertent misdeal over the purchase of a certain portion of land that is intended for swapping.

The seller’s representative strongly reiterated that the plotted portion indicating the property of the Dela Cruz that the city purchased is erroneous. According to him, it has encroached to an adjacent area (in its eastern half) that is not the seller’s property. However, it belongs to their relatives who are currently living abroad. Approximately one sixth of the total lot area has been charged to the other property that impelled the owner not to sign the subdivision plan for the segregation of the purchased but contentious lot. The representative pointed that the missing portion is currently where the national highway is situated which is at the western edge. It means that part of the land that the city purchased is already a part of the existing national road. “You cannot just get a property without just compensation!” he said referring to the encroached parcel of land.

Several options were suggested during the meeting and one is to buy the encroached area. However, the representative warned that the property belongs to several owners who are scattered in different countries. He also assured of a negative result if the city only aims to buy the encroached portion and not the whole area but still, it will pass through a very lengthy period of processing and convincing all the owners to sign.

Previous effort to convince Mr. Fernandez to swap his land to what remains of the Dela Cruz property after deducting the encroached portion was made but it was a futile attempt. In closing, the district engineer motioned for an expropriation proceeding over the land of Mr. Fernandez where all agreed.

At later information, the District Engineer told to the secretary of Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco that a letter has already been sent to Mr. Fernandez informing him of the expropriation procedure that the DPWH will be undertaking.

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