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PIA Press Release
2008/02/29

Zambo Sur gov heads RDC, RPOC

by Alma L. Tingcang

Zamboanga City (29 February) -- Governor Aurora Enerio-Cerilles takes the lead in steering ZamPen towards socio-economic progress as she heads the Regional Development Council (RDC), in addition to being the chairman of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC).

The lady governor, true to the call of duty and obedient to the order of no less than President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, is aware of the gargantuan task before her. She expressed her gratefulness to the president for the trust and confidence she has been accorded.

Governor Cerilles pointed out that through the RDC, several projects have been lined-up paving the way to the creation of the Mindanao Super Region. "The National Economic and Development Authority, who acts as Secretariat, is responsible for funding these projects from government sources or other foreign donor-countries and funding institutions," the governor explained.

With Pagadian City as the Regional Center, Zamboanga City becomes the Regional Industrial and Commercial Center of the Zamboanga Peninsula Region.

The governor elucidated that Congressman Antonio Cerilles has an insertion of P200-Million in the national budget, as bridging fund for the relocation pay of 5,000 regional employees, and for the construction of a building that will house some regional offices at the Provincial Government Complex in Dao.

The establishment of the Mindanao Railway System, authored by Congressman Cerilles way back during the 8th Congress, but was not given much attention, was also among the vital issues discussed during the joint meeting of the RDC and RPOC in Pagadian City recently. The governor assured that the project will definitely push through this time.

On the NBN-ZTE issue, Governor Cerilles said, " In my opinion, Lozada is not a hero but I should call him a "superstar". With all the publicity he is getting, he has become the most sensational figure in Phil. politics today and many people have ridden on his popularity, people who have fixed their eyes on 2010, you know what I mean," explained the governor. "This really saddens me."

"Even the business people admit that our economy has grown modestly, but people are never satisfied and pursue their selfish ambitions at the expense of the entire nation. We are in a dire situation," said the governor. "What do we get from these rallies… what is happening in Metro Manila? Did they ever ask or consult us if we agree with what they are doing?"

The governor said she is praying that everyone will be enlightened, to be able to evaluate and analyze things carefully – in the hope that we will also realize that Lozada is not a credible witness. He is tagged as a "big-time fixer" in government deals and is involved in several anomalous transactions.

The matter as to who is guilty should be done in the courts, not in the Senate because it has become a political circus. In the event, our economy suffers and the momentum we have gained suffers a drawback because of our immaturity and selfish ambitions.

The governor said she is now focused on projects like the face-lifting of the Provincial Capitol, construction of the gym and bleachers. At the Provincial Government Complex in Dao, a building will soon rise to house the regional offices of the Department of Budget and Management, NEDA, COA, Department of Finance and DOH, to include a medical arts building for private medical practitioners.

The Zamboanga del Sur Medical Center, which is a pet project of the governor, will be inaugurated sometime in March of April, this year.

Governor Cerilles and the rest of the officialdom of the province share the same vision : a lasting peace and sustainable development in the entire Zamboanga Peninsula region. (PIA 9-Pagadian) [top]

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