Pasig schools renovated by taxpayers’ money, should not bear faces, names of politicians — Mayor Vico

Published February 9, 2021, 7:02 AM

by Jel Santos

After inaugurating the newly-renovated Pineda Elementary School, and Bagong Ilog Elementary School, Mayor Vico Sotto has once again reminded the public that the money the local government unit (LGU) spent for the schools’ renovation came from taxpayers and not from politicians.

Photos from the Facebook page of Mayor Vico Sotto/ MANILA BULLETIN

“At dahil public funds ito, ‘di na kami maglalagay ng malalaking mukha, pangalan, o initials namin. Maliit na commemorative plaque lang, ayos na. Proyekto ang mga ‘to ng bawat Pasigueño! (And because public funds was used for this, we will not put our faces, names, or initials. Just a small commemorative plaque will do. This is a project of every Pasigueno),” said the mayor in his Facebook post.

Not taking all the credits for the completion of the project, Sotto acknowledged that the past administration took the initiative to start the renovation projects.

“[Pasig Representative] Roman Romulo made sure these projects were funded and continued, but he also generously gave credit to the former administration for starting these projects last term,” the mayor said.

In his post, the mayor shared that he and Romulo agreed in 2019 that no new big buildings will be built while the city government is still in the procurement process.

“Repairs [and] maintenance muna ng mga pampublikong paaralan ang popondohan ng LGU at si [Representative] Roman na muna ang bahala sa pagpapatayo ng bagong building. #SolidTeamwork,” he wrote.

Sotto said after one and a half years, the LGU is nearing completion of the renovation and repainting of schools in Pasig City.

“[N]akapagtayo na rin ang opisina ni [Representative] Roman, sa tulong ng DPWH, ng ilang school buildings (The office of Representative Romulo, through DPWH, was able to build school buildings).”

On November 6, 2019, Sotto said the people do not owe anything to politicians as the money used for their projects are from the taxes paid by the public.

“Laging tandaan na wala kayong utang na loob kahit kanino, lalo na sa politico, dahil pera ito ng taumbayan. Na-a-appreciate ko naman kapag may nagpapasalamat sa kin pero naiilang ako dahil ‘di ko pera ‘to (Always remember that you do not owe anyone, especially politicians, because this is the public’s money. I appreciate it when you thank me but I don’t feel comfortable because that is not my money),” the mayor said in a tweet after posting about the scholarship program in Pasig City.

Sotto’s post has garnered over 2,000 likes on Twitter.