Gasataya Bares 365-Day Accomplishment
Bacolod City Lone District Representative Greg Gasataya reported yesterday his accomplishments for the first 365 days, during his State of the District Address (SODA) at Bacolod Pavillon Hotel.
Political leaders led by Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Councilors Bart Orola and Renecito Novero, and City Administrator John Orola, Jr., barangay officials and partymates attended Gasataya’s SODA.
Also, business leaders Frank Carbon of the Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCI) and Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MBCCI), and Negros Tsinoy group’s Fred Barcelona were in attendance.
Congressman Gasataya reported that in 365 days, he was able to accomplish various services benefiting Bacolodnons.
These, he said, include sports activities involving all barangays like basketball, chess, shooting, Masskara motocross, karatedo, and burador kite-flying events.
Also, a series of medical and dental missions during which he distributed 160 wheelchairs, and assisted 11 patients for treatment at the Philippine Heart Center and Philippine General Hospital, with estimated funds of P8 million at the Corazon Locsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital.
He also facilitated free college education of some 700 scholars through the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) with P8.26 million.
He also extended livelihood assistance to indigent families, and availed of P1.6 billion fund support from the Duterte Administration, P400-M of which is being used in the ongoing fly over project at the Araneta-Magsaysay intersection, and P1.2-M for other finished and still ongoing infrastructure projects like roads, drainage, flood control projects, etc.
As legislator, Gasataya reported that he was able to file 32 personally-authored bills, 4 of which were approved already and one is the free college education bill, reduction of optional retirement, and extended maternity leave.
He co-autghored 79 bills in Congress.
He said the ongoing P4-B Bacolod Economic Highway that includes rights of way from Brgy. Sum-ag to Brgy. Bata measuring 21 kilometers at 54 meters wide, will boost economic development for the city like establishments of hotels, industries, factories and subdivisions. “This will ease traffic congestion at downtown,” he said.
Starting 2018, Cong Gasataya said, or in the next 6 months there will be additonal 300 classrooms amounting to half a billion pesos to be constructed; additional flyover to be put up at Lopue’s East; and road construction from Bangga Cory to Murcia which were approved already; the widening of the road to Brgy Alangilan, and changing of all tourism lights in the city.
Also, the budget for the Bacolod Economic Highway in the amount of P2-B has been included in the 2018 national budget.
Gasataya said he still has lots of things to do. If it is necessary that he will sponsor a bill to support the improvement of water services of the Bacolod City Water District (BACIWA), he will do so. He will also request the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) to allow the entry of renewable energy to Bacolod considering it is a fast growing city.
His bases in serving the people, he said is his desire to deliver social and basic services, especially education as a vital support to uplift the well being of the less privileged.
“We will continue to grow, considering that we work hand in hand with Mayor Bing, Vice Mayor El Cid, city councilors and the barangay officials,” he said.
Bacolod Mayor Leonardia lauded Gasataya’s performance despite his being a neophyte national legislator. “With Cong Greg, Vice Mayor El Cid and the incumbent city councilors, the political order in Bacolod is in order.”* (Edith B. Colmo)