Rep. Kimi now officially running for a second term as Representative, 5th District of Pangasinan

PANGASINAN SOLON VISITS CONSTITUENTS HURT BY MONSOON HABAGAT

By Loejan S. Anudon

WHERE ONCE LADEN WITH GOLDEN HARVESTS AND GREEN PASTURE (At the far side is the Bued River closure dike)

WHERE ONCE LADEN WITH GOLDEN HARVESTS AND GREEN PASTURE (At the far side is the Bued River closure dike)

Flooding is always a messy business no matter where it happens. It always leaves in its wake devastation for those affected. There is one difference though. When it floods in urban areas like Manila, buildings remain when the water recedes and clean up ensues. In rural areas, flood leaves a more sweeping and permanent aftermath. It flushes out homes, farmlands and livestock leaving nothing to clean up but much to re-build.

The monsoon dubbed ‘Habagat’ that was further abetted by typhoons that hit the country recently converted several hectares of rice lands into river in barangay Cabaritan and Pindangan, Sison, Pangasinan. The dark surge of water coming from Tuba and Baguio City became more catastrophic when it also knocked down several houses and other structures that forced occupants to scamper to safety. Residents whose houses were precipitously situated were forced to evacuate by barangay officials. No report of casualties was recorded, however. Twelve hectares of farm lands were reported to have been gouged by the river, at the least.

Mayor Mina Joy Pangasinan pouring fresh cow's milk to the children

Mayor Mina Joy Pangasinan pouring fresh cow’s milk to the children

Atty. Mina Joy Pangasinan, mayor of Sison, informed Congresswoman Kimi Cojuangco of the critical state of the two barangays and also those affected by the breached Bued River closure dike along barangay Artacho.

The gravity of the devastation impelled the lady solon to call the head of the National Flood Control Office in Manila who immediately dispatched his men to come to Sison to conduct evaluation and endorsements for immediate restoration or required engineering.

Postponing some of her official commitments, the congresswoman took the long trip back to her district to see the plight of her constituents who were hurt by the monsoon and typhoons. “Don’t worry! Your problem here has been attended to. Your mayor and I sought the help of the national office directly and enormous steps to alleviate your situation is currently remedied!'” the Congresswoman said to the residents as they gathered around her like children who missed their mother for a long time.


Rep. Kimi Cojuangco converses with P/Brgy. Rodolfo Tabor of Brgy. Cabaritan beside the scoured farmlands.

Rep. Kimi Cojuangco converses with P/Brgy. Rodolfo Tabor of Brgy. Cabaritan beside the scoured farmlands.


“We are doing our best from our side. At least our request was moved to the quick response fund. There is nothing else I can do but follow up and make ‘kulit’. Unless of course I strangle their necks which of course I can’t do!”
she also said in jest.

Through the dogged efforts of the congresswoman and due to the urgency of the situation, priority for the project was expedited.

A refill of glassfuls of fresh cow's milk straight from the Sun Fresh District Dairy to the children of Brgy. Pindangan by the delighted congresswoman.

A refill of glassfuls of fresh cow’s milk straight from the Sun Fresh District Dairy to the children of Brgy. Pindangan by the delighted congresswoman.


Along with her visit were big containers of the yummy fresh cow’s milk from the district’s Sun Fresh District Dairy. The children and the old kept scurrying for refills of their cups from the congresswoman and mayor who delightedly poured them more milk directly.

Posted in Philstar.com: Millions wasted as RH Vote delayed

‘Millions wasted as RH vote delayed’By Cheryl M. Arcibal
(The Philippine Star) Updated August 29, 2012 11:52 AM
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MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker supporting the Reproductive Health Bill on Wednesday said that the House of Representatives wastes some P50 million in each session that voting on the measure is delayed.

Pangasinan Rep. Kimi Cojuangco said in a radio interview that there is no more reason to keep on delaying voting on the RH Bill, a measure that was endorsed by President Benigno Aquino III in his state of the nation address last July.

“Fifty million [pesos] – we spend that much per day. That’s what it cost [when we delay the voting on the RH bill]. This is really a disservice to the nation, we could be saving so many lives. What I’m saying is that the budget per year of the House of Representatives, we spend P50 million a day per session for every crazy delay that goes on,” Cojuangco said.

The RH Bill, which has been pending in Congress, for 14 years is opposed by the Catholic church for allegedly promoting abortion to address the swelling Philippine population.

Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon has also slammed some of his colleagues for delaying voting on the RH Bill. He dismissed perceptions that the nation is still not ready or mature to discuss the RH Bill.

Cojuangco added that she would keep on supporting the RH Bill because her constituents need and support the measure.

“Hindi pro-abortion ang RH Bill kundi isang paraan ng pagpaplano ng pamilya. The RH Bill is a law-abiding measure. The FDA has approved the sale of contraceptives in any drug store,” Cojuangco said.

On August 6, the House of Representatives voted to end the debate and begin the period of amendment on House Bill 4244 or the The Responsible Parenthood, Reproductive Health And Population And Development Act Of 2011.

However, House members opposing the bill vowed that they would fight the passage of the House Bill 4224 or the consolidated version of six RH measures.

The period of debates on the Senate version of the bill, Senate Bill 2865 (Reproductive Health Act of 2011), has also ended.