Dec 9-15, 2010

From what was recently declared to be January 2011, so it would now be June 2011 or another six months from now that Davao del Norte District 1 Rep. Anthony del Rosario (AGR) will be returning home.

Congressman Anthony del Rosario

This was bared no less than by his chief of staff Raffy del Rosario during the special edition of Kapihan sa Kapitolyo at the Capitol, Mankilam, Tagum City Tuesday last week.
Raffy said that the congressman would have wanted to go home but was advised by his doctors to take full recuperation as long hours of travel would not be good for his health.
“You can ask him if my word is not good enough,” he told members of the media who pressed, based on public demand, for a black and white doctor’s clearance stating the congressman’s clean bill of health from cancer.
At the latest in separate interviews with the Valley & City Chronicle, Governor Rodolfo del Rosario said and his provincial administrator Rufo said that Cong. AGR was expected to be back by December 2010.
But later the press releases from the provincial information department on the inauguration of AGR’s congressional office in Tagum City, adjacent the Water District office had quoted Raffy saying his older brother would go home by January 2011.
During the recent Kapihan, Raffy renewed his declaration that AGR is now completely free of his Hodgkin lymphoma cancer following his second series of chemotherapy treatment and stem cell transplant.
“He is just now recuperating in the U.S. but he would be back in June next year.” he said.
He said he would ask AGR to show a clean bill of health as proof that the former is now free from cancer.
The congressman has been official leave of absence starting the very first day of office of congressmen and elected officials nationwide July 1, 2010 following the May elections.
Meanwhile, Raffy said that projects of the congressman will soon take off as an initial P12.5 million funds will be made available before the year ends.
“He doesn’t have to be in the office for the money to be released,” he added.
Part of the P12.5 million will be spent initially to fund the concreting of Asuncion-San Isidro Road and other projects which are part of the One Million per Barangay Program of the congressman.
Among other projects for funding next year are farm-to-market roads, rural electrification projects, water system and computer units for schools, he said.
He also said the First District Congressional Office will also be receiving the P70 million Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) share given to each member of the House of Representatives.
For barangay projects, Raffy said that projects considered for funding are those approved by the Expanded Barangay Development Council (EBDC) but he explained that the Congressman is the one giving the final approval for projects he would be funding. (Rural Urban News/Cha Monforte with report of Jean Duron-Abangan of PIA XI)


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