Delayed road projects, billing issue reach Bong Go

SPECIAL Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go leads the unveiling of the marker of the Malasakit Center at Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao, Iloilo, on June 20, 2018. (LTP/PIA-Iloilo)

CHRISTOPHER “Bong” Go, Special Assistant to President Rodrigo Duterte, committed to bringing to the attention of the national government issues of alleged erroneous power billing and delayed road projects besetting Iloilo City.

Consumers of Panay Electric Company (PECO), the sole power distributor in the city, have been complaining of accumulated bills due to erroneous meter reading.

While he is not privy to the complaints against PECO, Go said the Office of the President will look into the matter.

“Papatingnan po namin kung ano po yung reklamo at interest po ng gobyerno ang tinitingnan natin,” he told the media in a press conference during the inauguration of the Malasakit Center at the Western Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao, Iloilo City on June 20, 2018.

Go said he will also check the details on the road projects funded by the national government which suffered “negative slippages” or delays.

“If it concerns national funds, of course, we will look into it,” he said.

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-6) has already approved the termination of two contractors in the city that incurred more than 15 percent slippages.

Go led the inauguration of the Malasakit Center, a one-stop shop that will assist indigent patients who will no longer need to go to different concerned agencies to seek for financial assistance for their medical needs.

Representatives from the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) run the center.

“They will be given a card so they need not go to different agencies. The primary purpose of this is to fast-track the delivery of government services,” he said.

Go also turned over the P15-million startup fund to the center.

He said the national government is looking at expanding the center to other provinces in Western Visayas, depending on the availability of the facilities.

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