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Borongan eyes sisterhood contract with Parañaque

By ALICE E. NICART
August 18, 2010

BORONGAN CITY  –  In its effort to patch up the insufficient funds for developmental projects of the City of Borongan, newly elected city Mayor Ma. Fe Abunda has began to move heaven and earth to solicit the support of friends in far Metro Manila.

Recently, she was able to win the hearts of the city officials of Parañaque city, particularly Mayor Jun Bernabe’s, when they signed a covenant that stipulates the sisterhood relationship of the two cities.

According to Ms. Cora Basada, Secretary of Mayor Abunda, the sisterhood contract between the two cities will be most beneficial for Borongan. Foremost, Parañaque will be able to share the various strategies that they adopted which helped them in solving their problems.

Basada said, that like Borongan, Parañaque used to be cash strapped due to plenty of loans it incurred and inherited from past administrators, but they were able to slowly pay them.

Similarly, Borongan is presently financially constraint due to the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) which is pending because of the cityhood issue.

“That is why, Mayor Abunda is frequenting Manila to ask for favors from friends, and Mano Boy (Abunda) is of great help, because some of his friends are extending us their assistance, Mayor Bernabe for one,”  Basada added.

Another interesting idea which Borongan can expect from this “sisterly” relation with Parañaque is their waste management. Cora who personally gathered some accounts noted how trashes and wastes can be turned into usable materials, as in bags and decors. She said that some experts and consultants in Paranaque are willing to transfer the knowledge and technology to interested Boronganons through trainings.

She also reported that Borongan can also be taught how to go about with some tourism programs, which could entice local and foreign tourists.

To recall, Boy Abunda, in one of his campaign trails to Borongan with Ms. Kris Aquino, took pride when his friend endorsed in public the Borongan lechon.

It was Kris’ first time to take a bite of the Borongan lechon and she announced publicly that the Borongan lechon can be one tourist attraction to Borongan and that she might pirate the lechon recipe.  (PIA-Eastern Samar)