INFORMATION BLITZ: Paalala sa mga OFW-members ng PhilHealth: Ang PhilHealth membership and contribution ay MANDATORY ayon sa batas kaya magpamiyembro at magbayad ng kontribusyon bago umalis ng bansa. Seguraduhin ang proteksyon ng kalusugan ng iyong sarili at pamilya.

Monday, October 5, 2015

PNoy: Tawi-Tawi progressing through gov’t infra, dev’t projects

By Dominic I. Sanchez

BONGAO, Tawi-Tawi – Being residents in far-flung areas does not mean that access to government services should equally be as far. Tawi-Tawi is one example of a steadily progressing province, given its geographical location.

In his message to about 1,500 residents of Tawi-Tawi, the southernmost province in the Philippines, President Benigno S. Aquino III emphasized that it is more reason for government to be closer to them.

“Hindi poibigsabihinnamagingmalayona din angmga boss saserbisyo ng gobyerno,” (This doesn’t mean that the bosses will also be far from the services of government) President Aquino emphasized.

“KahitsaansaPilipinas, sa Luzon, Visayas o Mindanao, kung anoangkailangan ng mga boss, yunangdapatnatingtugunan,” (wherever the bosses are in the Philippines, in Luzon, Visayas or Mindanao, whatever it is they need, the government should provide) he added.

President Aquino visited Tawi-Tawi on October 3 to inspect the progress of the almost-completed Sanga-Sanga-Lapid-Lapid bridge network. The bridge, when completed will link the farms in mainland PanglimaSugala to the province’s trade center in Bongao.

The President shared that the three bridges are a product of the local government’s persistence to have Tawi-Tawi’s dream realized. Earlier, Governor NurbertSahali lobbied for this project from President Aquino.

“The governor was diligent enough to provide me with a very thorough study outlining the plans for the bridges,” President Aquino said. The project costs roughly about Php450-million. “I told him then that we had to save up,” the President quipped.

According to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Sec. Rogelio Singson, the road and bridge access network project started in 2013, and when completed, will run for about 115 kilometers. He added that the entire project will be “finished by 2016.”

Meanwhile, Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) Sec. Joseph Abaya shared that the Tawi-Tawi airport will eventually expand its runway, adding that there will already be flights from Cebu to Tawi-Tawi and vice-versa. “This will boost economic activities here,” Sec. Abaya said.

Meanwhile, Department of Energy (DOE) Sec. ZenaidaMonsada shared that the President had committed 100% energization of all sitios in the province. “As of recent, we are already 80% energized,” Sec. Monsada said.

According to former Governor SadikulSahali, the realization of the projects, to include the Tawi-Tawi airport had enabled the province to become the lead exporter of cassava. On the other hand, Governor NurbertSahali looks forward to a more promising, more developed future for the province, once all needed projects are realized with the help of the Aquino administration.

Civil society leaders have also expressed their gratitude to President Aquino. Sr. RitaflorServidad of a Tawi-Tawi-based non-government organization shared that people’s struggles in transportation have been uplifted after infrastructure projects have been poured in.

“Our sincerest gratitude to our President to have made our dream come true,” Gov. Sahali said.

President Aquino, after seeing the projects nearing completion in Tawi-Tawi said: “It now looks like you are steadily moving forward to development and progress.”