VIEW FROM CALUMPANG: Diego Cagahastian

Helen and Jayjay are both busy

May 5, 2023, 12:04 AM
Diego S. Cagahastian

Diego S. Cagahastian


THIS observer from Calumpang has been monitoring the projects and activities of officials of Quezon lately.

Happy to cite that Quezon Gov. Doktora Helen Tan has been very busy the whole of last week, both in the fields of medical and surgical outreach and in education and infrastructure, in various towns of the province.

Governor Tan attended the groundbreaking of school buildings for Bukal Sur Elementary School and Pahinga Norte ES both in Candelaria, with Mayor Ogie Suayan and Board Member Vinette Naca-Alcala.

The lady governor also graced the blessing of the newly constructed barangay road in Barangay Concepcion Palasan, Sariaya; and yet another school building groundbreaking, this time in Lusacan Elementary School in Tiaong.

Feeling no fatigue, Governor Helen also launched the third Surgical Support Caravan of the provincial government of Quezon. This caravan was held from April 26 to 28, giving the chance for poor Quezonin patients to undergo operation for their various illnesses for free.

Because of Tan's charm and professional stature among colleagues, the Surgical Support Caravan was enthusiastically supported by the East Avenue Medical Center, Philippine College of Surgeon Southern Tagalog, Quezon Medical Society and the Quezon Medical Center.

It looks like the Second District is on the radar of the governor's schedules this summer season.

Jayjay, too

Not to be outdone is the Second District Representative of Quezon, Congressman David "Jayjay" Suarez who also inaugurated two road projects in Barangay 10 and Barangay Gulang-Gulang, both in Lucena City. This was reported by my good friend, Manila Bulletin correspondent Danny Estacio.

The younger Suarez was accompanied in these activities by Board Member Ferdinand Talabong, Alona Party-list Rep. Anna V. Suarez, and the barangay chairmen and kagawads of the two Lucena barangays, who were just too thankful for the road projects, each costing P10 million, it was reported by Estacio. He added that Alfaro St. was also installed with solar street lights.

Suarez is doing well in the House of Representatives, earning accolades from Speaker Martin Romualdez for his strong support of the Maharlika Investment Fund bill and also for his advocacy of having a single, apex department called Department of Water Resources which will take care of all the problems, concerns, etc. about water by the country.

Summer heat

There are several little-known tourist spots in Quezon province that are worth visiting this heated season, to escape the summer heat.

Let us list some of them there. First, there's Borawan island, a pristine beach site off the coast of Barangay Lipata, Padre Burgos. The sand is powdery white, comparable and even better than the world-famous Boracay.

Feeling hungry? There's Kamayan sa Palaisdaan with its sumptuous menu of local seafood in Tayabas town.

Go to San Andres in the Bondoc Peninsula and hop onto Alibijaban island. And of course, the very popular Cagbalete island in Mauban town. It is all of 1,640 hectares, immaculate white beaches in Lamon Bay, off the coast of Mauban. There are three resorts, and one can view with awe the Cagbalete sandbar in front of Villa Cleofas. The others are Pansacola beach resort and MVT Sto. Nino beach resort.

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