5TH DISTRICT, Iloilo – “The only way to know the real needs of the people is to spend time talking to them and listening to their stories.”
These are the thoughts of 5th District’s Cong. Raul “Boboy” Tupas as he keeps on making the rounds in every town and joining small group meetings.
“It’s easy to say we want to improve people’s lives by way of agriculture, tourism, fisheries and other means of livelihood but without meet them the risk is higher that we will be imposing our own ideas instead of the other way around,” added Tupas.
Recently, Tupas turned over several irrigation projects including a multimillion-peso water system in Barotac Viejo town.
“We are addressing head-on the problems brought to us by the people to ensure efficiency in spending people’s money and at the same time effectively solving their concerns,” said Tupas who has been recently pre-occupied with public consultations.
Asked about his political campaign, Tupas said he does not actually think of the election period since for the last three years he has not stopped making the rounds of his district and implementing local programs that directly benefit his constituents.
Tupas, who leads by 73 percent over his rival in the latest survey commissioned by Cong. Ferjenel Biron (4th District congressman and candidate for governor) for the 5th District, stressed that politics is already past his system.
“I work, I serve and it’s something that I do on a day-to-day basis. Probably, politics doesn’t really matter and my people are satisfied with my performance,” he added./PN