JOLO, Sulu, Philippines – Rep. Habib Tupay Loong (1st District, Sulu) has briefed local chief executives of the eight municipalities in the province, national government departments and attached agencies, and other major stakeholders in his district regarding his legislative accomplishments at the House of Representatives.
Loong said that it is important that all the mayors under his district, and other major stakeholders should know his accomplishments as representative of the people of Sulu.
“Transparency is the best policy. That’s why I called this meeting among the chief executives of the eight towns and other major stakeholders in order for me to know what legislative measures they wanted me to pass in Congress to rescue our people here from poverty,” Loong.
It was learned that the 1st District of Sulu has an estimated population of about 550,000.
At the opening of the forum, Loong reminded the municipal mayors of Hadji Panglima Tahil, Indanan, Jolo, Maimbung, Pangutaran, Parang, Patikul, and Talipao that livelihood programs remain his main thrust.
He informed the mayors that he was able to source out funds from the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the establishment of payao (fish shelter), purchase of 50 units of pump boats for the fishermen, seaweed farming materials and seeds, re-planting of coconut trees, and goat and duck raising.
Adding that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) also shared funds for the improvement of the Jolo drainage system, and for the purchase of 300,000 various fruit trees to help augment the National Greening Program of the national government.
Loong also said he filed bills in Congress to upgrade the bed capacity of the Sulu Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), Parang District Hospital, Maimbung District Hospital, Siasi District Hospital, Pangutaran District Hospital, Luuk District Hospital, Panamao District Hospital, Tongkil District Hospital, and Tapul District Hospital.
Loong said he also allotted funds for the provision of mobile clinics for the towns of Jolo, Indanan, Parang, Maimbung, Talipao, and Patikul.
The Sulu IPHO was also allocated with P1.5 million, Parang District Hospital – P1 million, and another P500,000 for the Pangutaran District Hospital.
The amount, he said, will be used to purchase medicines, and will be distributed for free to indigent patients of the hospitals.
He also assured the people here through their respective mayors that his scholarship program will continue for as long he is the legislator of the district.
He added that the Commission on Higher Education (CHEd) and DA also allotted 15 and 10 slots, respectively, of scholarship grants to students who wanted to pursue an agriculture course in college.
The grant, he said, also covers a monthly stipend and book allowance.
He said the Department of Transportation and Communication, through his initiative, will repair, rehabilitate, expand, and modernize the Jolo Port.
The mayors and other concerned agencies of the government, including major stakeholders here vowed to support the livelihood and development programs of Loong.
They believe that with their concerted and joint efforts, very soon the people of the 1st Congressional District of Sulu will be liberated from rebellion and poverty.