Pampanga guv still zesty at 63

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Thursday, February 20, 2014


GOVERNOR Lilia Pineda is well into her senior years, at 63 on Friday, she is still that zesty female official since she started out as a public servant in her home town Lubao.

Pineda usually starts her day early, and when she says early, she would actually show up at least an hour ahead in her appointments and events driving tardy local officials crazy just to catch up with her.

Imagine her doing the rounds of inspection as early as 6 a.m. or calling on sleepy-eyed Capitol employees for say, a morning meeting at 5 a.m. She starts her day early with the knowledge that every time spent is for her constituents.

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Her chief-of-staff Fritzie David-Dizon marvels at how the governor can keep up with a very rigorous routine of public service from morning inspections, meetings, inaugurations and public visitations that last even in the late evenings.

"He is the only woman I know who seems to have this inexhaustible energy. She ends her day late but still manages to show up early for an appointment and she does that almost every day. I believe that is her way of showing her commitment," David-Dizon said.

Pineda is the most travelled governor of Pampanga. She has visited the fringes of Kapampangan towns in Candaba and even as far the Aeta villages of Nabuklod in Floridablanca. She has maintained good ties with the Kapampangan communities in the United States and even attended one Aldo Ning Kapampangan celebration there.

She is now seen as the governor who has greatly improved the social-service programs of the province. She has renovated, improved and expanded the services of district hospitals in Pampanga and has been implementing various public works projects in the province.

With seemingly inexhaustible funds from quarry collections, which her administration improved, particularly the collection system, there is no stopping Governor Pineda from implementing projects. In 2013, monthly quarry revenues averaged no lower than P20 million per month since January, peaking to P27,300,000 in April and sustaining the curve to P20 million in August despite the onslaught of the Habagat. From July to December 2010, collections were posted at P119,385,000, then P238,380,000 from January to December 2011, and P264,530,000 for the whole year of 2012. In the Pineda administration’s first three years, quarry revenues soared to an all time high and record-breaking feat of more than P870 million.

Governor Pineda said that the blessings of good governance and proper handling of government funds should translate into services for the people.

For her birthday wish, Pineda could wish for nothing more.

"My only wish is that we can improve the lives of our kabalens especially the poorest of the poor," she said.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on February 21, 2014.

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