TACLOBAN CITY- Representative Vicente Veloso vowed a “massive” road construction in the third district of Leyte, considered the poorest congressional district in the province. Veloso said that he had already met with officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on his plan to provide concrete roads in all the towns within the district. He said necessary funding for this purpose has already been allocated by the DPWH.

“There will be a massive road construction in our district hopefully beginning January of next year,” Veloso, who is serving on his first term, said in an interview.
According to the solon, about 500 kms of road, mostly farm-to-market roads, are to be paved across the district comprising the towns of Leyte-Leyte, Tabangon,San Isidro, Calubian and Villaba.
He said that there is a need to provide better road system in the district as this will result to faster transport of goods and services. With better road system, peace and order could also be improved in his district which Veloso admitted remain to be one of the big concerns in his district. The neophyte solon said that problem on illegal drugs remain to be prominent practically in all towns in the district.

Veloso has disclosed that while fighting the proliferation of the illegal drugs in Leyte’s third district is among his concerns, some mayors and even police officials appear not be supportive on this campaign. “There is a town in the district wherein its local police chief is not being replaced despite of the fact that its illegal drug problem is so massive,” the solon said. Meantime, aside from his road project, Veloso also bared that he had already received an assurance from the Department of Health on the construction of a district hospital in his area. The proposed 25-bed capacity district hospital will be put up in Villaba in the amount of P250 million. He said that the construction of the hospital could start within the year.  (JOEY A. GABIETA)