Rep. Gina de V credits PNoy and Mar for projects

MANGALDAN — There are P127-million worth of government infrastructure projects that will be implemented in this town this year.

Fourth District Rep. Gina de Venecia announced this during the Barangay Night of the annual town fiesta celebration here.

She said these include P20-million for road widening and construction of drainage system project, P40-million for river bank protection, P8.5-million for covered courts, P8.5-million for school buildings and P50-million for two school buildings.

De Venecia said these were made possible by President Benigno Aquino III and Mar Roxas when she was the Interior and Local Government secretary.

Meanwhile, Christopher “Toff” de Venecia, son of the congresswoman and former House Speaker Jose de Venecia Jr, who replaced mother Gina as candidate in the district, intimated his plans to improve tourism, agriculture, modern technology to achieve sustainable development and inclusive growth for the fourth district.

The young de Venecia is virtually unopposed as congressman in their district this May 9 polls.

“Because tourism, at the end of the day, is livelihood for the people, and it has directeffects to social, cultural, regional and economic well-being,” the young de Venecia.

He said in Mangaldan, there are beautiful resorts and homestays that can propel the town to become Wellness Capital of Pangasinan and the bike trail along Angalacan River has big potentials for adventure and eco-tourism.

De Venecia is optimistic that local traditions like festivals to further boost cultural identity, like the town’s Pindang Festival.

“Imagine what we can accomplish if we can make this bigger than Ati-atihan in Aklan, MassKara Festival in Bacolod or Dinagyang in Iloilo,” he said and added that the metalwork industry in Barangay Bari can also be developed through industrial tourism.

“And of course, we have to remind the whole Philippines that the most delicious peanut brittle is made here,” he added.

“This is our time to shine,” he said. (Tita Roces)