I SEE THAT stands for Infrastructure, Social Services, Environment protection, Education, Tourism promotion, Health, Agriculture production and Technology improvement.
“As elective officials, our foremost business here is to safeguard the mandate entrusted to us by the people. The next three years shall be dedicated not only to the unfinished legislations but also in fund sourcing particularly those that shall directly benefit our people,” Mangaoang said.
On infrastructure, he vowed to continue the conversion of existing local roads into national roads such as the Katabbogan-Wagod-Aciga-Buaya-Mabaca-Gawaan-Poblacion provincial road. and expand convergence projects with concerned national line agencies through the construction of more roads leading to tourism and production areas.
“Itultuloy tayo met nga papintasen ti kalsada iti PADABAMA area babaen ti panangitultuloy iti kalsada ken rangtay nga mapan iti Poswoy-Ab-abaan area ditoy Balbalan. Itultuloy tayo met iti narugiyan tayun nga Wagud- Ballayangon- Ab-abaan- FMR. Umay tu ti tiempo agsasabat dayta ket rumang-ay tu ti panangibyahe tayo kadagiti produkto tayo iti dayta nga banda” (We will continue to improve roads in the PADABAMA area thru construction of road and bridge going to Poswoy-Ab-abaan area here in Balbalan. We will also continue the ongoing Wagud- Ballayangon- Ab-abaan- FMR. There will come a time that the roads will interconnect to each other and transport of produce would be easy in those areas), the Congressman said.
On education, he committed to sustain his scholarship program with the Commission on Higher Education and the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority. Likewise, the sourcing of funds for additional school buildings and the conversion of annexes and satellite campuses into regular national high schools.
Along this objective, he said is to ask for more teaching items to meet the ideal teacher- student ratio for schools in Kalinga.
His health agenda will continue providing medical assistance to indigent patients. He intends to include the Kalinga Provincial Hospital (KPH) as repository of his medical assistance program.
Mangaoang disclosed that the P80 million funding for the construction of new building for the KPH he sourced out from the Department of Health will be implemented this month.
He challenged other local officials to perform their duties with utmost integrity and honesty. “Let us make it a habit at the end of the working month to ask ourselves if the service we render gives justice to the salary the government pays us,” he said.
Mangaoang recently took his oath before Pantikian Barangay Chairman Rosito Borita in Balbalan, his birthplace. Traditionally, the congressman takes his oath with the other provincial officials at the Provincial Capitol.
This was first time in the annals of Kalinga political history that a congressman took his oath outside of provincial capitol and administered by a barangay captain. (JDP/PAB-PIA CAR, Kalinga)
By Peter A. Balocnit