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Porac mayor appeals to opposition to approve P14-million supplemental budget

Jul 16, 2015 @ 11:11

Porac, Pampanga Mayor Condralito Dela Cruz appealed to the opposition bloc in the town council to set aside “much politicking and personal interests” by approving the long-delayed supplemental budget for the implementation of several projects.

Dela Cruz specifically tagged Councilor and ex-officio Board Member Mike Tapang and four other councilors as the ones behind the alleged delay.

Tapang has signified his plan to run for mayor in the 2016 elections and challenge the two-term Porac mayor. His opposition group could prevent the approval of the budgets requested by the mayor because they have the majority votes.

Dela Cruz said one of the “derailed” projects is the planned construction of a bigger local police office and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) building.

“We are appealing to Tapang and the four other councilors to approve the budget because the projects are for the people, especially the poor ones and deserving students. Besides, the municipal government has savings last year,” Dela Cruz said.

“Let’s not sacrifice the people just to entertain our political ambitions,” he added.

Dela Cruz said he and Vice Mayor Dexter David were supposed to recommend the buying of the some 2,000-square meter property near the district hospital in Barangay Babo Sacan. It will cost about P6 million at P3,000 per square meter.

Aside from P6 million for the purchase of the land, Dela Cruz is also asking P1 million for the “Iskolar ng Bayan” and another P6.3 million for the  establishment of a dialysis center and an additional P1.6 million for the Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses of the same center.

“It’s clear that the two major priorities of the governor are health care service dedicated to help the majority and education for all,” the mayor said.

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