ORMOC CITY – A sitio at Brgy. Airport here that has never had electric connection even if the city is rolling rich in electric subsidies has finally “seen the light” after Richard Gomez, husband and chief of staff of Cong. Lucy Torres-Gomez, led a “switch on” ceremony last August 13 together with officials of the Leyeco V.
It was learned that Sitio 3 has been requesting for energization for 15 years now, said Lito David.
It was also in this sitio that Gomez discovered that a simple project of his wife can cause consternation among local leaders of the Codillas, who’ve been going around telling residents that it was the mayor’s project and not Lucy’s.
Residents told Gomez and company that no less than their barangay chairwoman Mila Galos went around to tell them the electrification project was Mayor Codilla’s. To their surprise, it was Gomez who came.
They also expressed their gratitude to the congresswoman for acting on their plight. Gomez, on the other hand, said that the Congresswoman liked acting fast and was able to realize the project in just her first year.
The project has lit up at least 20 homes at Purok 3 of the barangay, and Leyeco V vice-president Lito David said another 14 homes have applied for connection.
Other sitios to be energized at the barangay are 2 and 5, said Engr. Lito Cotiangco, Cong. Gomez’s congressional officer at the local level.
Accompanying Gomez to the activity was David himself and the electric coop’s institutional services manager Max Torcinde representing the general manager Engr. Juanito Jorda. Also with them were Lucy’s father Manuel, his brother Matt, brother-in-law Vincent Rama and a former mayor of Kananga, Giovanni Ed Napari.
Meanwhile, Lito David said that he is thankful to Cong. Lucy Torres-Gomez for the funding she gave to energize the sitio, adding the residents there have been requesting for it for a long time now.
Max Torcinde, on the other hand, clarified to the residents that they should be thankful to Cong. Lucy Torres-Gomez that their dreams of having power is now a reality.
It was learned further from Cotiangco that Gomez downloaded to the cooperative through the National Electrification Administration some P2-million intended to energize at least 10 sitios, some in Ormoc City, and some in the towns of Merida, Matag-ob and other 4th district municipalities.
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