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PGMA allocates P200-M more for airport expansion in Pagadian to accommodate bigger planes

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur (17 September) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced today that a P200-million allocation has been included in the 2008 budget for the construction of the runway extension of the airport in this city.

"Gusto nato ang mas maayo nga airport sa Pagadian. So, your request for the construction of the runway extension to accommodate bigger planes has been given fund allocation and another P30 million has been realigned from last year's budget for this runway extension project.

"An additional P200 million for the runway extension has been incorporated in the 2008 budget," she said during the 55th Zamboanga del Sur anniversary celebration held at the provincial government center in Dao, this city.

She congratulated Zamboanga del Sur Gov. Aurora Cerilles for the ongoing construction of a medical center in this province and also greeted her on her 58th birthday.

The President said she had instructed Public Works and Highways Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane to immediately release P30 million for the construction of the Pagadian-Zamboanga Road, the longest road in the area that forms part of the Bagadian-Buug section.

As part of the government's infrastructure project, she told the Zamboanguenos that P55 million is still available for the ongoing construction of farm-to-market roads from Dumalinao to Pagadian City and 20 percent of the P47 million remains available also for the farm-to-market road project for Tukuran while a P5 million rehabilitation fund has been allocated for the farm-to-market roads in Dumingag, Sominot, San Pablo, Midsalip and Pitogo, and P30 million for farm-to-market roads in Bayog, Kumalarang, Margosatubig, Tigbao and Sagun.

She noted that next year, 12,000 classrooms will be built in the whole country along with 2,000 kilometers of national roads.

She said that the national government will spend P116 billion for infrastructure projects and P8 billion to bring water to 111,000 hectares of farmland, of which P2.4 billion has been set aside for Mindanao. Of the P6-billion allocated to build or repair 5,000 kilometers of farm-to-market roads, another P2 billion will go to Mindanao.

"The state of our economy at this 55th anniversary of Zamboanga del Sur brings hope and excitement, our growth is the highest in a generation while revenue is now on track and we will make job creation strong," the President said. (PIA) [top]

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