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DOT chief assures prioritization of SONA projects

by Robert E. Roperos

Butuan City (March 14) -- Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary and Cabinet Officer for Regional Development (CORD) in Caraga Joseph Ace Durano assured that the Arroyo administration is prioritizing the projects that are embodied in her State of the Nation Address (SONA).

This was the opening statement of Sec. Durano in a press conference conducted during the 13th year anniversary of Caraga Region held in a local convention center in this city.

According to Sec. Durano, the SONA projects will be materialized through the efforts of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) who is the lead agency in the construction of farm-to-market roads, public school buildings and other developmental projects.

Sec. Durano also said that as CORD in Caraga, it is his responsibility to relay to the President during cabinet meetings what are the delayed projects that need to be prioritized in the region. "Through this, we can expect appropriate action in the cabinet level", he said.

Durano added that being the DOT Secretary, it is also his desire to improve and strengthen tourism development in Caraga Region, where, as of press time, DOT allocated 2.5 million pesos as the department's share to the City of Butuan in the development of Agusan River Cruise project. "Before the end of this year, river cruising will start that will surely draw local and foreign tourists to visit the city", he said.

The statement of the Secretary was also supported by Caraga Tourism Council Chairman and former Butuan City Mayor Leonides Theresa Plaza by saying that everything are already in place for the start of the implementation of the project.

Moreover, Sec. Durano informed the local tri-media that Siargao and some places in Surigao del Norte also get support from DOT as part of the country's tourism development project. (PIA-13) [top]

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