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PIA Press Release
2008/11/10

Road inaugurated, tree planting conducted in Sulu

Sulu (10 November) -- The Philippines and US Military Forces here turned over Friday a farm to market road to the residents of Indanan Municipality, represented by its officials, at the same time, led the symbolic ceremony of a tree planting activity initiated by the 6th Marine Battalion Landing Team.

MBLT-6's Executive Officer Maj Gregorio Hernandez Jr. PN (M) said that the 600-meter concrete road stretches from Buansa connecting to Bato-Bato road. The said project is under the development program of Joint Special Operations Task Force- Philippines Task Force-Sulu headed by Maj Joseph Mouer.

Joint Task Force Comet Commander Maj Gen Juancho M Sabban said that the military recognizes the importance of roads to economic growth and its impact on the efficient movement of people and goods.

"One aspect as essential to the stability of the country is road. It is crucial for both economy and security. It is vital to both farmers and consumers. Hence, better roads do not only spur economic development, but more importantly help stabilize and secure communities," explains Maj Gen Sabban.

Along with infrastructure development, he said, the military gives equal importance to the protection of the environment.

"The task of environment protection is everyone's responsibility. Planting new trees, while taking care of the existing ones provide a variety of life-sustaining means as well as supporting development, economy and the society itself," he said.

Moreover, Maj Hernandez stressed that the activity is a movement towards a deeper commitment to environmental protection.

"Tree planting activity is a great way to bring people in a community together. It is an opportunity to educate, motivate, and implement positive cause," says Maj Hernandez.

Meanwhile, both Buansa Punong Brgy Salip Muhajal Jainal and Buansa Elementary School Principal Ladja Annang Samsaragi expressed appreciation to the military's efforts in bringing development, preserving stability and nourishing the environment. (42CRU, 4CRG, CRSAFP/PIA-BASULTA) [top]

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