PGMA visits Baliguian, Tampilisan
By Franklin P. Gumapon
Tampilisan, Zamboanga del Norte (12 March) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has again visited the province but this time in towns that many have least expected the President would.
Part of her "Agribusiness Mindanao" tour, President Arroyo went straight to Baliguian town from Tawi-Tawi to inspect the P3.94 billion Zamboanga west coast road project, which is 83.06% complete by now.
Once completed, this 175.724-kilometer road project will spur economic growth of the municipalities of Sibuco, Sirawai, Siocon, Baliguian, Gutalac, Labason and Liloy. Agricultural and marine products from these towns will find an easy route to bigger markets not only in the region but also in the Visayas and Luzon.
After her Baliguian engagement, the president?s next stop was the Jose Rizal Memorial State University (JRMSU)-Tampilisan Campus where she was warmly welcomed by the students, faculty, local government officials, regional heads of the different line agencies and local residents.
President Arroyo presented her accomplishments and legacy projects being implemented all over Mindanao. She said these projects were all aimed to improve productivity which is a key to progress and development.
It can be recalled that Mindanao supplies 40 percent of the country?s food requirements and contributes more than 30 percent to the national food trade.
In a related development, the officials and residents of Baliguian and Tampilisan could hardly believe that a President would visit their towns. Even the students of JRMSU were asking their teachers whether the President would really come to their school. Dr. Merlyn N. Luza, dean of students and auxiliary services, disclosed that two days before the visit the students came and asked her: "Maam, are we dreaming?"
The President's visit to the two municipalities really left and indelible mark that President Arroyo was the first chief executive to set foot on their grounds. (PIA) [top]