By Loejan S. Anudon
Representative Kimi Cojuangco obtained the approval of the Department of Energy Secretary, Jose Rene Almendras, to fund the complete energization of all sitios and barangays in her district.
The House of Representatives took a breather after the long and tedious budget hearings that often lasted to the wee hours in the morning for days. For two consecutive days during the break, the congresswoman set meetings with all the members of the Civilian Volunteers Organization in her district coinciding with the distribution of the Compact Fluorescent Lamps (CFL) to all the members by the representatives of the DOE. It was also the request of the DOE secretary that she rally round in the “Choice For Lighting” campaign of the government.
Cojuangco hopped from one town to another along with Luzon DOE Director Efren Balawing starting in Urdaneta City then proceeded to the towns of Villasis, Alcala, Bautista and Sto. Tomas on the first day, September 28, 2012. The next day, she began her tour in Sison then hurried to Pozorrubio, Laoac and finally ended her tour in Binalonan. Dir. Balawing said that not all congressional districts were given the free CFL. “You should be very thankful to your congresswoman because she made all possible efforts so that you can be benefited by the government’s free CFL dole out!”
The entire CVO forces and LGU officials met the congresswoman with tremendous approbation during her rounds and it was during these meet-ups that she announced the secretary’s approval to fund the installation of electrical connections to all sitios and far-flung places that are within her rule. “I was able to convince the DOE Secretary to fund the electrification of all the remaining places that have not been energized. The money is now with your host electric cooperatives!” she said.
One of the many that benefited from the energization is sitio Pilaoan of Sagunto, Sison, Pangasinan with almost 2 million pesos funding for the main lines. The municipality provided for the drop lines that will connect the houses to the main line after winning an award for good governance.
“When it rains, it pours!”
Also during her two days meet up with the CVOs of her district, she said that two tri-bikes for every barangay are already on their way to ease them from their night rounds.