By Joey Natividad
PILI, Camarines Sur (BicolToday.com/13-June-12) – Politicians and contractors here are becoming edgy after the Senate committee on local government, chaired by Senator Bongbong Marcos, ruled on May 31 that two more public hearings shall be held before it submit its report to the Senate plenary for decision to split up Camarines Sur province into two, and carved a new Nueva Camarines province.
The Senate committee ruling will delay the expected plebiscite in August or September this year, if passed by the Senate, and before being signed into law by President Noynoy Aquino.
At stake are new elective posts to be created in the new Nueva Camarines Province. The new posts for governor, vice-governor, provincial board members, two Congressional seats, and new positions for provincial directors of government agencies and their staffs are up for grabs.
Favored contractors are also getting restless for the delay. The contractors expect windfalls when the new province shall be created after its signing into law.
Also, at stake, are some conservatively estimated of Php 3 billion worth in infrastructure projects already laid down for implementation within a period of six (6) years. At least, 30% of this amount, or Php 1 billion will go to corruption and grease money.
The planned infrastructure projects will go for the construction of new provincial capitol complex, government buildings, construction and renovation of roads and highways, massive purchases of equipment and vehicles, and other amenities connected with a newly set-up provincial government.
Some 2,000 new jobs will be created for its personnel, which include new staffing for government agencies. Patronage politics will come into play when job-seekers will line-up for endorsements before the new power wielders in exchange for loyalties. [BicolToday.com]
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