VP Leni to push for completion of Negros-Guimaras-Iloilo bridge
With only 72 days left before election day, Vice President Leni Robredo told her Guimaranon supporters that she would push for the completion of the Negros- Guimaras- Iloilo bridge, which she described as a “life changing project” for the people if she gets elected as the country’s next President.
More than a thousand of Robredo’s Guimaranon supporters gave the presidential aspirant a festive welcome at the San Miguel Provincial Capitol Gym in San Miguel, Jordan. Decorated with pink buntings and banners, the sports complex was packed with people dressed in pink shirts waving their homemade signs. Robredo was welcomed by Nueva Valencia Mayor Manny Galila.
“Pinapangako ko na pag ako po tinulungan ninyo, pag tayo binigyan ng pagkakataon, sisiguraduhin po natin na matutuloy na 'yung Negros-Guimaras-Iloilo bridge,” Robredo said. “Natulog siya in the last six years, pero sisiguraduhin natin na matutuloy na siya dahil magiging life changing siya lalong lalo na for Guimaras.”
Every day, Guimaranons must board a RORO vessel to travel to mainland Iloilo, paying a fare of 50 pesos each way and traveling for more than 30 minutes.
The bridge will span 32 kilometers, making it the longest bridge in Western Visayas and one of the longest in the country.
Robredo said she will be able to keep this promise because of her track record of bringing projects that people need in their communities. She said voters must always ask candidates for proof that they fulfill their promises.
“Pag merong pinangako sa atin, lagi nating tatanungin, ano 'yung resibo para gagawin mo 'yung pangako mo? Ang pinaka resibo po sa lahat, track record, may eleksyon o wala, nagtatrabaho, may eleksyon o wala, naiisipan kayong bisitahin. Dahil 'yun 'yung pagpapatunay ng karakter, 'yun 'yung pagpaptunay ng pagmamahal sa inyo,” Robredo said.
This was Robredo's third visit to the island of Guimaras. It was one of the first provinces she visited soon after being elected Vice President in 2016. The Office of the Vice President (OVP) provided a shredder for local vegetable farmers in Sibunag while the community was given a motorized banca.
The OVP also extended cash assistance to victims of the Iloilo-Guimaras sea mishap. During the pandemic, Robredo established a community learning hub under the Angat Buhay Program in Brgy. San Miguel, Jordan Guimaras.
“Pag sinabi po nating aangat ang buhay ng lahat, hindi puwedeng iilan lang 'yung umaasenso. Kahit po may umasensong ilan kung may naiiwan sa laylayan, hindi pa din angat buhay 'yung lahat,” Robredo said. [End]