Sen. Bongbong Marcos concluded his successful and productive one-day trip to the lloilo province on 8 December 2010, which was part of his nationwide post-election campaign to visit and thank his supporters and countrymen for his recent Senate win.
Ground-breaking of Iloilo City Community College
The trip started off with a frenetic dash to the ground-breaking ceremonies of the Iloilo Community College in Iloilo City, where Senator Bongbong was guest of honor. Speaking before the crowd, led by the City Mayor, Vice-Mayor, other officials, and the Ilonggo businessman-donor Edgar “Injap” Sia II, the Senator expressed his admiration for the strong partnership between the city government and the private sector, as concretized by the college building that would shortly commence construction.
Senator Bongbong also took the opportunity to praise the generosity of Injap Sia, through his Injap Foundation, Inc., for donating P25M for the construction of the school building. The Senator even joked that it would be the first time in history to see a senator, folder in hand, approach a private citizen to ask for “financial assistance”.
The event started with the blessing of the grounds, after which City Mayor Jed Mabilog, Vice-Mayor Joe Espinosa III, Sen. Marcos, Injap Sia, and the rest of the city council gathered together to bury the ceremonial time capsule and unveil the billboard that showed the design of the soon-to-rise building. The ceremony was attended by city government officials, barangay captains, members of the academe and students from different schools. The Ilocano group, “Timpuyog Ti Amianan” was in full force to show support for their beloved Senator.
Lunch with LGU officials
Senator Marcos then hosted a lunch at the nearby Hotel Del Rio for Iloilo City government officials, barangay captains, as well as mayors from different parts of the province, to discuss their concerns in their areas. As Chairman of the Senate Committee on Local Government, Sen. Marcos encouraged the brainstorming among them, saying that he believes it essential to meet with local officials and give them the opportunity to voice out their concerns in order to have a more comprehensive view of the different issues of each unit.
A press conference for Senator Marcos followed after, with the attendance from 18 members of the local media, wherein they tackled local issues such as the electricity problem of Iloilo City. The conference revealed that as of date, the city has the highest generation charge of P13/kwh, and yet 3- to 4-hour brownouts are still very frequent. The Senator broached the idea of the entry of alternative energy sources, which while indeed would help alleviate the problem, still would not solve it completely. Another local issue raised was the possible redistricting of Iloilo City into two districts, which is being pushed by Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Treñas. Sen. Marcos saw no problem in the redistricting efforts, so long as it could surmount the challenges from all sides. On a lighter note, the reporters joked around with the Senator, making him bestow upon himself the title of “adopted Ilonggo”.
Calinog Kapistahan 2010
The Senator capped the Iloilo trip with a visit to the Calinog town of Iloilo, which celebrated its annual town fiesta. Senator Bongbong, who was also guest of honor, addressed the Calinog crowd and after which crowned the year’s fiesta queen. Among the guests in attendance were mayors from neighboring towns and Rep. Art Defensor, Jr., of the 3rd district of Iloilo.