Aquino says gov't to bid out Sabang Calabanga Port project in Camarines Sur

May 3, 2013 11:46 pm 

CALABANGA, Camarines Sur, May 3 — The government will be bidding out the P50-million Sabang-Calabanga Port project which is designed to improve the trade and tourism sectors of this province, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Friday.

During his meeting with local leaders and residents of Calabanga here in Camarines Sur, the President said the Department of Transportation and Communication has allocated P50 million for the project that will be bidded out this August.

The government is working to seal the project so that the people of Camarines Sur especially those in Calabanga could benefit from the project.

“Ang handog nito sa mahal nating mga taga-Calabanga ay mas maunlad na komersiyo at turismo. Nagpapasalamat nga po tayo kay Attorney Leni Robredo na talaga namang puspusang tinututukan ang progreso ng inisyatibang ito,” the President said in his message here.

The President also said he expects travel time to become much faster when the Bicol Commuter Train begins servicing the Naga-Legazpi City route starting April next year adding that this will further enhance commerce and tourism in the Bicol region.

He also said that the government has also completed major infrastructure for the province’s agriculture sector. The Aquino administration has so far completed 52 projects and there’s an ongoing 15 irrigation projects that will benefit 27 towns in Camarines Sur including Calabanga.

According to the President, the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development also continues to help the poor Bicolanos.

In 2010, Camarines Sur had 3,970 households benefiting from the program and in March 2013, there are 108,497 households registered under the program, which is 99.9 percent of the government’s target for the whole year, the chief executive said.

The President said there were 800,000 recipients during the previous administration and the number of beneficiaries is now more than 3.9 million nationwide under the present government.

“Sa mga proyektong ito, di po ba’t malinaw naman na ang dating napapabayaan, ngayon nabibigyan na ng panahon. Ang dating imposible, ngayon lagi nang naaabot,” the President said in Bicol dialect.

“At malinaw din po na hindi isang tao ang gumawa ng pagbabago. Naabot ito sa pakikipagtulungan ng bawat Pilipino —kayo ang gumawa nito. Kaya nga po lalo pa nating mapapaspas ang pagsulong ng ating bayan tungo sa malawakang pag-unlad, kung dadami ang mga makikibuhat sa halip na magiging pabigat lamang,” the President added.

During his speech, the President asked the people of Calabanga to vote for candidates supportive of the administration’s cause so that reforms and development will also continue in Camarines Sur.

Joining the President during his visit here were Transportation and Communication Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas and Secretary Jesse Robredo’s widow, lawyer Leni Robredo who is running for representative of the third district of Camarines Sur. (PNA)

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