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PGMA starts Mindanao for Agribusiness Legacy Tour in Surigao provinces

Socorro, Surigao del Norte (February 15) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will start her Mindanao Agribusiness Tour in this Pacific Ocean facing town of Surigao del Norte and nearby Lingig town of Surigao del Sur province on Tuesday.

The Chief Executive, along with Mindanao Agribusiness Super Region Champion Secretary Jesus G. Dureza, Public and Highways Secretary Victor Domingo and Transportation Secretary Leandro Mendoza, will inaugurate and inspect on-going various government projects in Surigao provinces as part of her Legacy Tour accomplishments.

Mrs. Arroyo will personally inspect and evaluate Mindanao Super Region performance and accomplishments, especially her commitments in the State-of-the-Nation Address (SONA) projects.

The Super Regions are informal groupings of provinces and regions with identical economic strength, hence assigned specific development themes.

Agribusiness Mindanao covers Caraga region, Central Mindanao (Region 12), Region 9 to 12 and the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

In her Surigao del Norte sortie on Tuesday, the Chief Executive will visit a public school in the city and then will fly via Bell 412 chopper to Socorro town to inaugurate the P50-million Socorro Feeder Port.

President Arroyo will be accompanied during the inauguration and unveiling of marker of the Socorro Feeder Port by Surigao del Norte solon Rep. Francisco T. Matugas (1st district), Socorro Mayor Mamerto D. Galanida, Sec. Mendoza, Sec. Dureza, Port Manager Teodorico Taruc and Barangay Navarro Chairman Christopher Alvino Taruc.

The Socorro Feeder Port is in the center island east of mainland Surigao City port. Its passenger and cargo-handling also serves the mainland of Dapa town in Siargao Island and the fish port of Claver town of that same province.

The opening of the said port will also further enhance the public access, especially tourists both foreign and domestic to various tourism areas in Bucas Grande island where the famous Sohoton cave is located.

"Economic activity, particularly tourism and fishing business, is soaring high with the opening and full operation of cargo and passenger handling operation of Socorro Feeder Port," said Rep. Matugas.

He added that the opening of this feeder port will also add more employment and livelihood to local folks. (muc/PIA-Caraga) [top]

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