BY: MARIA TERESA B. BENAS
TINEG, Abra, Aug. 28(PIA) — With the political will of the this lady mayor, the remote town of Tineg in Abra is now run right at its own background.
For the first time in its long political history, the local government unit (LGU) of Tineg now holds office in Sitio Vira, Brgy. Alaoa in this unpland municipality.
For years, local officials of Tineg had been holding office in the provincial capital town of Bangued due to poor road conditions, absence of electricity, and poor peace and order situation.
Newly assumed mayor Corinthia Dannang-Crisologo, the wife of ex-mayor Edwin Crisologo, wanted to prove that she can make a difference. When she ran for the mayoralty race in May, she promised that she would want to make the people of Tineg feel the presence of the government.
So when she was elected and assumed office in July, Crisologo did as she promised during her campaign sorties to establish the municipal office in Tineg and not in Bangued.
In a brief conversation with the new mayor, she said it was not difficult for her to make the decision to really hold office in Sitio Vira, Brgy. Alaoa. Times have changed – the town is now accessible and there is a signal for mobile phones in the area and communication is not a problem. The Philippine National Police, too, has established a detachment office there and security is manageable.
Tineg which is located on the northernmost part of Abra, is 75 kilometers from the capital town of Abra. It became an independent municipality in 1958 and has ten barangays.
With its rugged terrain surrounded by mountains with elevations ranging from 480 meters to 1,504 meters above sea level, it was hardly accessible. People had to walk for hours to reach the area especially during the rainy season. During elections in the past, election paraphernalia were usually delivered by military choppers. The road to Tineg was built recently.
Because of its inaccessibility, peace and order was a concern with a number of encounters between the military and the rebels in the area. Political rivalry was another concern.
With the municipality’s total land area of 83,223 hectares representing 20% of Abra’s aggregate land area, Tineg is one of the local government units in Abra receiving the highest Internal Revenue Allotment share. Unfortunately, development was slow.
Crislogo,a native of Tabuk City, Kalinga and a former employee of the Department of Finance – Cordillera Regional Office, has clear vision as to what she wants to attain in her first term. As she wants to make the people feel the presence of the government in Tineg which undeniably had long been neglected. And she wants to start off with the delivery of basic social services.
As an initial stage, she would be meeting with the local school board to look into their concerns because she wants to address the literacy problem in the municipality.
She also plans to embark into road building because infrastructure would have to come along with the delivery of social services. She believes road is basic to development.
Crisologo would want to see at least 30 percent of the major road network of the municipality established so that they could pursue economic development in the community.
During the interview, Crisologo expressed dismay on how some people are capitalizing on the poverty condition of the municipality of Tineg. She was referring to a news item posted in the net about some Filipinos based in London who have organized a “Concert for the Children of Tineg” . As of this writing, she said she is not aware of any project or whatever activity that would benefit the children of Tineg out of the proceeds of the said event. (JDP/MTBB-PIA CAR,Abra)
note: The Mayor was referring to the much publicized fund raising which we posted here Pinoy organization in UK raises funds for Abra kids