PGMA checks on her projects on education, environment and economy
by Rose dela Cruz
Siargao, Surigao del Norte (17 May) -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said she is going around the country to check on her projects on education, environment and the economy to ensure that when she turns them over to the next administration she will have completed most of them by then.
She came to this scenic island known as "surfing capital of the Philippines" to inspect on the ongoing airport improvement program
The program includes the widening and extension of the runways and renovation of passenger terminal and administration building and then drove through the newly-concreted 7.307 kilometer Dapa-Del Carmen Road worth P152 million and then made a side trip to the Siargao Island Institute of Technology where she delivered a typewritten speech before teachers and students and then took her convoy to the nearby Dapa municipal gymnasium for a quick check. It replaced the old gym which was gutted down by a fire three to four years ago. She inserted in the last two events only hours before landing here.
After driving through the Dapa-Del Carmen Road, the President was briefed on the project by Department of Public Works and Highways Undersecretary Bashir Rasuman who said that this segment of the road is part of the 126.703 kilometer Siargao Island National Road.
Congressman Francisco Lalo Matugas thanked the President for her all-out support to the province in terms of infrastructure, health care services and even her continuing presence and assistance on several occasions. "She is always there when we need her that is why I am proud to say that she is an adopted daughter of Siargao and Surigao del Norte," said Congressman Matugas.
The President also thanked all the local officials for their cooperation and undying support to her leadership as she congratulated them for the party's overwhelming victory in the entire province of Surigao del Norte.
While at the road briefing, the President "interacted" with some beneficiaries by asking them just how the project will improve their lives. She talked to construction worker Hermie Nick Pobe, who found gainful employment in the project and Genaro Sebille, a vegetable trader who said the road project will improve his profits through reduced post harvest losses from the products he is taking to the market.
She made sure to repay the efforts of around 1,000 residents who lined the streets waiting for her chopper by shaking their hands and greeting them in the Visayan dialect. Many of the residents took out their cellphone cameras and took her pictures as memorabilia when she steps down come June 30.
Surigao Gov. Sol Matugas, an educator herself, praised the President for the "historic" visit.
While at the Siargao Island Institute of Technology, the President again stressed that she will use the remainder of her term seeing to it that her 3Es program-education, environment and economy-are all in place and will be there for the benefit of the people. (PIA-Surigao del Norte) [top]