Today’s guests, Jefrey Celiz, political liaison officer of Iloilo City mayor jed Patrick Mabilog, and Ed Penaredondo, declare more multi-million projects await the people, the latest being the P300 million relocation site at Sooc, Arevalo, Iloilo City.
The project comes from the lobby of Sen. Franklin Drilon and is billed as a “model” in relocating informal settlers and marginal residents. It will be ready for occupancy, with access road, water and electrical facilities.
“Before, the city spent only from its resources with very negligible external funding. Today, the heavier percentage is accounted for by grants from the outside,” noted Penaredondo. “Our mayor (Mabilog) is a persistent solicitor of help from national leaders.”
Celiz said that the Mabilog admnistration is gaining ground in its implementation of the solid waste management program with the objective of turning the 26-hectare open dumpsite at Calajunan, Mandurriao district into a sanitary landfill with composting facilities to convert waste into fertilizer, lined with trees and eventually resembling a “public plaza fit for family picnics.”
On the political side, how about rumors that the mayor’s ally Rep. Jerry Trenas sliding back to run for mayor in the 2013 elections, in effect, colliding with Mabilog?
Celiz and Penaredondo have one answer: “The Mabilog-Trenas alliance is still very solid…Only their enemies wish that they fight each other in the next political fray.”
After the talk show, we proceeded to the Airliner resto at the old airport for lunch on “pritson manok,” talaba, soup number 5, and tinuum manok bisaya.