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PGMA to Ilonggos: Thank you for the support

Iloilo City (28 June) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo thanked Ilonggos for the support they gave her administration and for the opportunity to serve them, in her speech during her visit to Iloilo on June 28, barely two days before her term ends.

"Let me take this opportunity to thank the people of Iloilo for your support and for giving me the honor of being able to serve you during and after typhoon "Frank" and even long before that. Madamo gid nga salamat sa inyo nga tanan," President Arroyo said.

The President led the unveiling rites and inauguration of the new Tigum Bridge in Brgy. Tabucan, Cabatuan which was destroyed by typhoon "Frank" in June 2008.

Likewise, President Arroyo expressed her gratitude to all those who built the Tigum Bridge and the other infrastructures that were damaged during the onslaught of typhoon "Frank".

"Now Iloilo looks as if no devastation ever struck it, it does not look like the armageddon that it looked in typhoon "Frank", so we are grateful for that and we thank those who built this bridge and the other infrastructures," said President Arroyo.

Tigum Bridge is one of the new four bridges that were already finished out of the 11 bridges destroyed by typhoon "Frank" in the province. Other bridges completed are Daja and Tubang bridges in Maasin and Misi Bridge in Lambunao.

Aside from the long term-benefits that the new bridge will bring to Cabatuan and other municipalities nearby, residents of Brgy. Tabucan also benefited during the construction phase of the new bridge.

Widower Vitaliano Arcos took the opportunity to thank the President for the construction of the bridge. He related how his earnings as watchman during the construction of the bridge helped the income of his family of 16 children.

On the other hand, tricycle driver Norbeto Caballero said that with the completion of the bridge transporting of passengers will now be easier and he expects an increase in his income. (PIA) [top]

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