SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is set to convene the Oversight Committee on Disaster Management over the Congress break to look into the implementation of the flood control projects in Iloilo City.
Ms. Arroyo had committed to ensure the chamber will exercise its oversight function even during the campaign period.
“I don’t want to get in the way of their campaign. If I don’t find anyone who is not running or running unopposed, I will chair it myself,” the Speaker said in a statement Monday, following her visit to the city.
The Speaker has been holding oversight committee meetings to review in particular laws and projects implemented during her term as President, such as the NGC Housing and Roll-On, Roll-Off (RORO) transport system.
In 2003, Ms. Arroyo initiated a P5.5- billion flood control project in Jaro, Iloilo. It was completed in 2011.
The project nearly did not go ahead after the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) rejected the proposal.
“I am an economist. I knew the project’s importance to the people of Iloilo City and so I overturned the NEDA. I am glad that it has so much positive change in Iloilo City and its people,” she said.
The project included the construction of the Jaro Floodway, improvement of the Tigum and Aganan Rivers as well as the Jaro River mouth, Iloilo River and Upper Ingore Creek.
In addition, the oversight committee will also look into the flooding in Passi City, Iloilo. — Charmaine A. Tadalan