Libacao, Aklan residents thank PGMA for development projects

August 7, 2009 10:19 am 

By Faye Velasco

LIBACAO, Aklan, Aug. 7 — The residents of this once sleepy town in Aklan province expressed hope their town's development will be fast tracked in the next few months with the completion of infrastructure projects in their area, specifically the all-weather road from Kalibo to Libacao President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has ordered completed.

Libacao Mayor Charito Navarosa said they expect the entry of investors and tourists in Libacao, thereby boosting the fourth class municipality’s economy.

Libacao, a 45-minute drive from the capital town of Kalibo through partly paved road, is ideal for eco-tourism activities like river rafting, mountain-trekking and adventure camping.

“Expect new economic and tourism developments in the next six months in Libacao with investors contributing to our potentials as tourist and investors’ haven,” he said as he expressed the residents’ “utmost hope and optimism” of a better life with the support of the President.

The mayor said independent power producer California Energy International (Calen) is investing for an 80-megawatt hydroelectric power project in Barangay Dalagsaan.

Mini-hydropower plant investors like First Gen Renewables are also interested in putting up in Libacao small dams with a capacity of 10 to 15 megawatts, Navarosa said.

A German investor is also shelling out P15 million for the reforestation of Libacao’s hinterlands, he revealed.

He said investors must get involved in the planting of trees to protect denuded mountains and low-lying areas of Aklan.

The President, to fulfill her thrust of making every barangay nationwide have its own materials recovery facility (MRF), promised to give the town one set of equipment that converts garbage to coal and a set of plastic melter.

Environment Secretary Lito Atienza announced this during the briefing on climate change.

Atienza said the President noted that the town has no MRF yet, which means it has not complied with the Solid Waste Management Law. (PNA) LAP/FPV


One Response to “Libacao, Aklan residents thank PGMA for development projects”

  1. Erwin Orbista Nacuray on August 14th, 2009 3:05 pm

    Being one of the Libacaonons working abroad, I feel proud that finally the national government is paying attention to the development of my hometown. Thanks to the Libacao LGU for the job well done.

    Hopefully, the municipal road linking Kalibo and Libacao will be prioritized in the infrastructure development since this road is key for the further development of Libacao. So that then, the common impression about Libacao “gina eagnat tana e tareabong kon indi makaraebo” will be positively changed.

    Thanks and God bless LA (Libacao, Aklan)!