Prelate cites impact of PGMA projects in Cagayan Valley

June 22, 2010 10:01 pm 

TUGUEGARAO CITY, June 22 — Bayombong Bishop Ramon Villena cited on Tuesday the role of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in the development of Cagayan Valley, saying her road and bridge projects created a big impact in the region.

Bishop Villena, who is also the outgoing chairman of the Cagayan Regional Development Council, said the President’s continued endorsements and approval of major regional development projects made a difference in the lives of the local folks.

“We give our gratitude and appreciation for her. Without her we would not have been able to put through and make things happen in Region 2,” he said.

President Arroyo is here to attend a testimonial program for Villena, who has been RDC chair of region 2 for several years. As in all regions in the country, RDC is the highest regional body which reviews and recommends development projects of the government.

The President arrived a little before noon and proceeded to the Karammaran Hall inside Cagayan provincial capitol where the RDC testimonial for Bishop Villena was held.

Under Villena’s stewardship of the RDC, several development projects and programs were accomplished such as infrastructure projects, agricultural production enhancement programs, government and private investments, tourism promotion and many others that have contributed immensely to the development of Cagayan Valley.

Testimonial messages by local officials honoring Villena cited his leadership in coordinating development efforts in the region.

Among the testimonial speakers were Santiago City (Isabela) Mayor Amelita Navarro, Public Works and Highways regional director Eugenio Pipo, tourism regional director Bless Diwa and Ronald Guzman who spoke for the private sector.

In his response, Villena reminded the RDC of President Arroyo’s role in the development of Cagayan Valley.

He said the major intra-regional roads, bridges and roads that connect to the national highways have improved the routes for goods and services.

He also said that the Cagayan special economic zone and Freeport paved the way for attracting tourists in the region.

The President did not give any speech but was satisfied by the messages of thanks from the local officials.

Also present in the event were Cagayan Governor Alvaro T. Antonio, Tuguegarao City Mayor Delfin Ting, Archbishop Diosdado Talamayan, and Bishops Rodolfo Beltran and Ricardo Bacay. (PNA)

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