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PIA Press Release
Saturday, January 07, 2012


Calbayog Mayor sets tourism , disaster risk reduction as priority projects for 2012

by Ninfa B Quirante

CATBALOGAN CITY, Samar, Jan 7 (PIA) -- Calbayog Mayor Ronald Aquino in a press conference held last week bared that tourism and disaster risk reduction are among his top two priorities this year.

The mayor focusing on eco-tourism programs, disaster risk reduction and management and balance budgeting included cost-cutting measures and other infrastructure development to be his priority programs.

The mayor also laid out the budget in the different priority projects he planned.

For eco-tourism projects, Mayor Aquino said that the city has allotted Php 9.5 M for road rehabilitation to Bangon Falls in Barangay Bugtong Tinambacan District.

He also considered a budget of Php 7.5 M for road asphalting in Amampacang, Dinagan, Mabini, Lungsob,Catbaunan Road development.

They would also set up a zipline at Masetlajog Beach after negotiating with the private land owners for the purchase of lot for road network.

As to disaster risk preparedness, the city will provide shelter for informal settlers and the victims of natural disaster and calamities, the city, he said has identified relocation sites for the building a housing project, upon the approval of Php 200 M loan.

Aquino also disclosed that a Php 100 M will be used for the Aguit-iyan Development Project; Php 50 M for the 18-hectare relocation sites in Barangay Trinidad abd another for Barangay Talahib.

The city will also purchase a speed boat and other equipments for disaster preparedness.

Instead of a lying-in clinic, an evacuation center and quick response equipments will be established very soon.

His health projects will be a partnership with Representative Mel Senen Sarmiento of Samar’s first district. (NBQ/PIA 8-Samar with GDRagudo)

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