The controversial billboard. - Photo supplied from Facebook
CAMNORTE Representative Unico recently received flaks from a resident in Baranggay San Rafael, Jose Panganiban, over a billboard of his electrification project in the said baranggay.
In this billboard, Unico announced his plan to energize the baranggay.
One resident, Rodel Bang Occiano, who is currently based in Metro Manila, reacted with surprise after seeing a picture of the billboard posted on the Facebook account of a group of Mambulaoans.
He immediately suspected that politics was behind such a project.
Occiano posted: “Electrification ..? Ano ito… fyi lang po… matagal na pong may kuryente sa Tumbaga …noon pa pong Mayo taong 1997 ay may kuryente na sa amin … so para san pa itong electrification na ito?”
Tumbaga, the place referred to in the billboard as project site, is part of San Rafael.
It was gathered that the Unico power project will install power line posts along a 300-meter distance to connect several households to the main power grid in the baranggay.
Occiano, however, said that the target households have been energized since 15 years ago.
He said that when the government failed to provide them power, the said households pooled their resources to acquire power cable lines which were tapped into the main grid.
Occiano said that Unico should instead provide street lights in the baranggay to make their place safe at night.
However, another Facebook “poster” said that the Unico initiative could be aiming to replace the cable lines installed by the residents some 15 years ago to meet the specifications of the power cooperative – the Camarines Norte Electric Co-operative (Canoreco).
Nvr Rodelas, a native of Mambulao, said it would be better to have the cable line replaced for the safety of the residents.
“Sana, maganda ang intension … at hindi pamumulitika lamang ito,” Rodelas said of Unico’s project.
Unico has been rumored to be eyeing the seat of the governor in next year’s election.