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Lal-lo town submits report on dredging to PGMA

Lal-lo, Cagayan (7 November) -- The local officials of this municipality submitted a report to President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo regarding the status of the Cagayan River dredging project along the town's riverbank in support to the national government's recognition to dredge the whole stretch of the Cagayan River.

Mayor Ma. Olivia B. Pascual said the project dubbed as a four-in-one (4-in-1) priority development project was undertaken in the exercise of local autonomy as their way to support the thrusts of the national government program.

Pascual stated that after several representations and negotiations, the Sangguniang Bayan members authorized her to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with a company that is willing to undertake the dredging activity at no cost to the local government unit. However, the LGU will be able to generate revenues after recycling the waste materials that are dredged.

"Our dear Cagayan River is now a dying river because of heavy siltation, erosion and pollution that causes prolonged flooding during rainy seasons where agricultural lands and products are washed away affecting the livelihood of Lalloguenos," the Mayor said.

Mayor Pascual said the dredging project will rehabilitate the dying river, it will avert an impending catastrophic disaster, it will help generate much needed revenues to finance development projects and will help create jobs for unemployed constituents.

"I'm taking this opportunity to express our unconditional support to the leadership of President Arroyo and reaffirm our resolution to work for the welfare of our constituents especially for the future," Pascual added.

The Mayor further stated that the accumulated funds out of the project will be utilized as fund of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office to oversee the implementation of environmental programs, for the establishment of agro-forestry park, reforestation, establishment of sanitary landfill, implementation of the solid waste management program, construction of modern abattoir and other environmental oriented and friendly projects and activities. (PIA Cagayan) [top]

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