(Updated 3 w/ more photos) Why the roads in Pichay country are bad?
(Updated as of May 28, 2007. Thanks to the comment of Linda below. She has provided some answers to some of my QUESTIONS in this post. Despite her tone, her comments are fully appreciated. I’m pleased to be corrected also that I mistook the town where the bridge went down. It’s Cagwait, not Gigaquit as earlier posted. But I stand by my own direct and personal account of the conditions of the roads. Maybe its true long roads were paved. What we saw, however, is a series of disconnected paved roads where the rough parts appear to be longer. Anyway, Thank you Linda!)
I’m in Tandag, Surigao del Sur since April 26.
We were invited to share and exchange technology with a community initiative.
I’ll share some more about what has transpired in the training later.
For now, I can’t wait to tell you Tandag is in Pichay country and its the irony of ironies.
I cannot understand why the biggest spender in the senatorial campaign (at least gauging TV ads spending) cannot even raise support for funds to build good roads in the congressional district he is representing? (Photo courtesy of Skippy Lumawag, shows a portion of the road in Cagwait town, Surigao del Sur)
Travel time and road quality in this part of the country make you think some parties might have blocked purposely the construction of paved roads or more concrete bridges all the way to protect some interests, like family businesses for example? Actually, I know why but how exactly I have no idea.
Of cours as a legislator Rep. Prospero Pichay’s mandate is for sound legislation. I should have let that pass. Why couldn’t he run for an executive position instead in the local government here so that he can really attend to local issues?
Why can’t he say “tutuparin ko ang mga pangarap ninyo mga taga Surigao del Sur” before even entering national politics as a member of the Senate? Just asking.
The road conditions here certainly showed Surigao del Sur needs Mr. Pichay more than the Senate does.
Of course this is just an opinion. But I shared this with at least ten Surigaonons I was able to talk to.
Anyway, I’m just asking if the honorable congressman’s party has answers to these kinds of questions? Someone even told me Mr. Pro-Pinoy “itanim sa Senado” could not really feel the problem of the road conditions because he has his own aircraft, anyway. As opened by Linda (comment below), the congressman was actually able to provide the province with infrastrucuture among other projects.
Despite these conditions, however, the province is a beautiful country.
Normally, its not easy for me to buy these kinds of ideas right away. I’m searching for answers why Surigao del Sur, probably home of gold reserves and other abundant natural resources appears to be problematic – at least just by looking at the highway. I could use some answers from all sides — including Mr. Pichay’s supporters.