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By: Eleonor Valeros | Published Monday, February 17, 2020

Post-Valentine Day gifts for Cebu’s third district came in the form of road improvement and infrastructure projects brought by Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and 3rd  District Rep. Pablo John “PJ” Garcia on Saturday, February 15, 2020.

Gov. Gwen, Cong. PJ, and Barili Mayor Marlon Garcia led the inauguration of a road concreting project worth P60 million in Barangay Vito of the said town.

The road stretches from Barangay Malolos at the border of Aloguinsan and Barili, and will soon connect with Bojo barangay road in Aloguinsan.

Among the flagship programs of the current administration is to bring infrastructure projects down to the barangays.

“Wa na gyud mi magtuo nga mahitabo pa ni," Vito  Barangay Captain Edwin Villarin expressed, as he shared how his fellow barangay officials felt forsaken in the last six years.

A barangay covered court next to the barangay hall was also opened with a ceremonial ribbon-cutting attended by the Province’s top officials.

"Mao nang magpasalamat gyud ko sa Garcia family kay aside sa road project ug covered court apil pa gyud sa improvement ang atong eskuylahan nga hapit na mohapa," Villarin shared.

CTU Campus in Balamban

Meanwhile, another campus of the Cebu Technological Campus (CTU) will soon to rise in Balamban town, providing students and families in the district easier access to tertiary education.

Gov. Gwen and Cong. PJ, together with 3rd district Provincial Board Member Jimbo Borgonia and Balamban Mayor Alex Binghay, led the groundbreaking ceremony of the P25-million two-storey building on a 1.5-hectare lot in Barangay Cantuod.

"Daghang ginikanan ani malipay kay dili na makagasto og dako pagpaeskuyla sa ilang mga anak. Dili na moadto pa sa Cebu City, mogasto og boarding house. Ma-monitor pa nila closely ilang mga anak," Binghay said.

In their years of public service, education has always been a top priority for the Garcias. 

Gwen had pushed for the  establishment of a satellite CTU campus in Balamban by sponsoring a resolution for this purpose when she was still a member of the House of Representatives.

When Pablo John took over the congressional seat in the third district, he worked for the inclusion in the national budget of P25 million for a two-storey building in Balamban.

"Gidepensahan ko gyud nis committee level. Ug sa plenary sessions, mao nga nalipay ko'g dako nga groundbreaking na gyud," Garcia expressed.

Cong. PJ vowed to work for the allocation of an additional three-storey CTU school building. Gov. Gwen, for her part, committed to secure fund allocation for the perimeter fence. (Eleanor Valeros)