Enticing vision-A A +A
Thursday, August 29, 2013
IT IS not difficult to believe that some members of both houses of Congress could be visionaries.
I mean those who think and dream much ahead of the others on which could perhaps put their Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) to better use than funneling it to ghost non-government organizations (NGOs)--which is openly cheating the people.
Meaning that realizing some lawmakers’ visions is worth a PDAF trouble.
But that is precisely what I am driving at: that there can be some good uses for the PDAF or the so-called pork barrel rather than abolishing it.
It is a fund that is deeply linked with politics in a democracy. Abraham Lincoln utilized it when it was first used as a tool of political democracy. And since the practice survived for decades in the United States and also in the Philippines, then it must have some good uses.
And so, here comes a lawmaker from Cebu City’s north district who has re-filed a bill in the House proposing to have underwater link between the Mactan Cebu International Airport and Cebu City.
His proposed underground tunnel between Mactan and Cebu City is not really a farfetched vision. It is an infrastructure proposal that could be financed by the PDAF of Cebu City and Mactan lawmakers, their constituents being its common beneficiaries.
But the point I wish to make is that it is a workable and realizable vision that our government can undertake if it has really the determination to do it. I am sure that Rep. Raul del Mar did not propose such bill as a mere political fancy.
Del Mar is one of the visionaries in Congress, and I believe there are many others like him in the Senate and the House of Representatives who are prepared to realize the travel time of passengers between the two points to a mere 15 minutes.
Under the del Mar proposal, the tunnel’s entrance will be located at a point along General Maxilom Ave. in Cebu City, and the exit will be in Lapu-Lapu City proper and not in Cordova.
But whatever the refinements of the proposal would be, such as the funding and how it would finally be undertaken, does not truly matter at this stage. What is important to me is that the project is good and it would redound to something good to us.
Whatever the proposed projects are in Cebu and Mactan, including the scheduled bidding for the P17 billion Mactan airport terminal, the better for Cebu City and Mactan constituents and for the economic future of this part of the nation.
We do need to move and work for the best of all of us, regardless of whose political future would be benefitted by the project.
The important thing is that whoever has any good idea or proposal to improve the state of our national economy through any means, using funds from different sources as long as these are legal and honest, we should not hesitate to accommodate them.
What is good for one area should be good and useful for the rest of us. Let whatever dream or vision anyone of us can undertake be made real and true.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 29, 2013.