CLB'S STRATEGIC ROLE FOR REGION 3
Rep. Linabelle Ruth R. Villarica heads the Central Luzon Bloc (CLB) of 28 legislators representing the Congressional Districts of Aurora, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, Bulacan and the party lists— CIBAC, Butil Farmers, 1-Sagip, 1-PACMAN, AASENSO, and BH— in the region. In consonance with the concept of participative budgeting, where local government units and the communities have greater involvement in the planning and implementation of anti-poverty and basic public projects in their localities, the CLB committed to sponsoring technical coordination meetings at the House of Representatives with the Regional Development Council (RDC) of Region 3 to create dialogue and widen active participation in the preparation of the annual budget of the different government agencies. Under the helm of CLB Pres. Villarica, RDC meetings were held on 11 March 2013, 13 March 2014, 12 March 2015 and 11 February 2016, which led to a consistently high rate of approval of RDC-3 proposals in the General Appropriations Act of those years.
Other accomplishments under CLB Pres. Vilarica include:
- House Resolution No. 230, filed during the 16th Congress – the resolution calling for the immediate Construction of a High Speed Railway System that will connect Metro Manila, particularly, NAIA to Clark, to pave the way for the development of Clark as a premier International Airport. Its continuance is essential to the socio-economic development of the region.
- House Resolution No. 846, filed during the 16th Congress – an investigation in Aid of Legislation to look into the Status of the Angat Dam and Dyke Strengthening Project (ADDSP) to expedite the implementation of this Project to ensure the Safety and Reliability of Angat Dam from Geological and Hydro-Meteorological Hazards. It resulted to a House Bill that seeks to establish the Joint Operation and Management Committee of the DPWH to manage and operate dams, which was re-filed in the 17th Congress as House Bill No. 858, to mitigate the effects of the anticipated big one-- the earthquake-- due to the West Valley Fault that stretches from the South of Manila to Bulacan.
- Consultative briefing of the CLB with the RDC, Region 3 on the assessment of the damage to public property wrought by Typhoons Labuyo, Maring, Santi and Habagat induced by Typhoon Odette on 20 November 2013, which enabled some CLB members to seek the freeing up of needed calamity funds.