Negros congressional bets outline priorities

Four Negros Occidental congressional bets, who filed their certificates of candidacies (COC) Friday, October 1, outlined the priorities for their districts that ranged from health to infrastructure projects.

Former Deputy House Speaker Mercedes Alvarez, who is running for congresswoman of the sixth district, said her priorities will be education, women empowerment, livelihood and infrastructure.

Alvarez said she will also push for the creation of breast milk banks for babies whose mothers are unable to produce adequate milk.

She was accompanied by her husband, Dranreb Lansang, and her father Rep. Genaro Alvarez Jr. (Negros Occidental, 6th District) in the filing of her COC.

She said her brothers Ilog Mayor John Paul Alvarez and Vice Mayor Genaro Rafael Alvarez are also seeking reelection.

Rep. Ma. Lourdes Arroyo (Negros Occidental, 5th District), was accompanied by her husband John Lesaca, in filing her COC.

Arroyo said her pet project in the fifth district is the construction of a hemodialysis center at the Ignacio L. Arroyo Sr. Memorial District Hospital in Isabela.

She said she will support the presidential candidate of the Lakas CMD, where she belongs.

Rep. Juliet Marie Ferrer (Negros Occidental, 4th District), who filed her COC along with her husband Vice Governor Jeffrey Ferrer, said her priorities for her district are social services for her constituents and infrastructure projects.

Rep. Gerardo Valmayor (Negros Occidental, 1st District) said he is pushing for a separate engineering district to serve the needs of the first district.

His bill has been approved in the Lower House and at the committee level in the Senate.
Valmayor also said he has been focusing on the COVID-19 response needs of his constituents.*

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