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Joint councils endorse north-east Bohol growth

Tagbilaran City (18 June) -- Other than Panglao Airport Project, which was endorsed for continued support by the new Administration, majority of Bohol's next development would be gyrating off to the island's northeastern towns.

And if the proposed projects get implemented, it would seem that the general region comprised of the cluster of towns from Clarin to Ubay would be the next economic growth center in the island.

At the recent meeting of Bohol's key development councils including the Provincial Peace and Order, Sangguniang Panlalawigan and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines, the joint council meeting endorsed the $3M Compact loan for the Ubay Airport Development project by Korean Official Development Assistance with the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines as project proponent.

Also endorsed was the P38M Bohol Holistic Enterprise for Livestock based Livelihood Opportunities (Hello) for funding under the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KoICA), an integrated poverty alleviation intervention that would be implemented mostly in the region's poverty saddled towns.

Head of project implementer, Dr. Stella Marie Lapiz said the project would benefit families in San Isidro, Danao, Dagohoy, San Miguel, Trinidad, Bien Unido, Sagbayan, Clarin, Inabanga, Buenavista, Getafe, Talibon, Ubay and President Garcia.

Part of the endorsed projects which concentrates on the second district of Bohol is the three bridges proposed for the Tulay ng Pangulo which are all located in the Mabini-Ubay road namely Pasanan, Biabas and Ondol bridges, at an aggregate cost of P61M and following the Austrian Assisted Bridges Program.

Moreover, the councils also pushed for the inclusion of the Bohol Dairy Production and Meat processing the in the Korea-Philippine Multi-Industry Cluster Agreement. The centere was initially identified to be placed at the Ubay Stock Farm.

Other than those, also resolved was the request for the Philippine Ports Authority to jumpstart soonest the Ubay Port Causeway to its highway access to avoid traffic jams and accidents in its present access.

Meanwhile, the P500M Ubay Port development, a component of the Strong Republic Nautical Highways has just been completed and now effectively connects the town to the neighboring islands by ferry boats.

Govenor Erico Aumenatdo however stressed that the proposed development would spur economic activity and would pluck the people from the harsh poverty situation in the region. (PIA-Bohol) [top]

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