(Lead) Aquino vows infra and social projects to continue in Zamboanga del Norte

February 5, 2013 11:19 pm 

DIPOLOG CITY, Feb. 5 — President Benigno S. Aquino III assured the people of Zamboanga del Norte that his government would work tirelessly to provide infrastructure and social projects for the continued and sustained development of the province, as promised during his State of the Nation Address in 2012.

The President gave the assurance in his speech keynoting the inauguration of the Andres Bonifacio College Graduate and Professional School building here Tuesday.

Among the projects the President said the government would prioritize for the development of the province include upgrading the Dipolog City Airport, which he said will be completed by 2016; and various road projects such as improving the Liloy-Siocon Road and the Sibuco Boundary Road project.

“Gaya ng nabanggit ko noong nakaraang SONA, kasado na ang pagpapaunlad natin ng Dipolog City Airport, na inaasahan nating makumpleto bago matapos ang aking termino sa 2016. Nagkaroon na po ng bidding at inaasahang sisimulan na ang pagpapagawa nito ngayong taon,” the President said.

“Bukod dito, tuloy-tuloy po ang pagpapaunlad natin sa imprastraktura ng Zamboanga del Norte. Isa na rito ang pagsasaayos ng Liloy – Siocon Road na natapos na noong Abril 2012. Nariyan din ang Zamboanga del Sur / Zamboanga del Norte Boundary Road – Sibuco Road, na target nating matapos ngayong taon,” he added.

“At ngayon pong 2013, tinaasan pa natin ang budget ng DPWH para sa inyong rehiyon sa 1.5 billion pesos, na pihadong ilalaan natin sa mga makabuluhang proyekto,” the President said.

He stressed that aside from infrastructure projects, development of the Filipino people through the Conditional Cash Transfer or the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program would continue as part of his social contract with the people.

He noted that 84,520 people from the various parts of Zamboanga del Norte have benefitted or are continuing to benefit from this government program.

“Tulad ng ating panata: Walang maiiwan sa itinataguyod nating kaunlaran. Kaya naman tuluy-tuloy pa rin ang ating Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Ang mga dating isang-kahig-isang-tuka, ngayon ay binibigyang-kakayahan ng pamahalaan upang makilahok sa pagpapaunlad ng sarili at ng kalakhang lipunan. Dito po sa Zamboanga del Norte, umabot na sa halos 84,520 ang ating inaaruga sa CCT,” the President said.

President Aquino also vowed to provide electricity to the far-flung barangays and sitios of the province to further develop its potential as one of the country’s top tourist destination.

“Dito po sa Zamboanga del Norte, napailawan na natin sa loob ng labintatlong buwan ang apatnapu’t dalawang sitio, at makakaasa kayong madadagdagan pa ito,” the President said. (PNA)

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