Del Rosario eyes development of Davao Norte coastal areas
by Noel Baguio
Davao City (11 February) -- Recognizing the contribution of the shorelines in the future of the province, Governor Rodolfo Del Rosario said he is shifting his focus to the development of the coastal areas, where most of the marginalized Muslim communities are located.
Gov. Del Rosario assured the new set of officers of the Davao del Norte Muslim Coordinating Council (DNMCC) that his administration is now bent on providing the necessary infrastructure and basic social services for the betterment of the disadvantaged sectors, such as the Muslim villages.
The Governor cited the ongoing construction of the Coastal Road in Panabo City and Carmen town, which was proposed to link all the way through the shoreline barangays of Tagum City, as an important project that would greatly benefit the predominantly Muslim population in the coastal areas of the province.
"I am opening up the coastal road particularly in order to give our poor communities access to the development of the province," Del Rosario told the Muslim leaders, after inducting the officers of the DNMCC at the Bulwagan ng Lalawigan, recently.
He said he wants the depressed coastal areas to take advantage of the hastened socio-economic progress of the province, especially with the upcoming completion of the Talaingod–Bukidnon Road.
Del Rosario further said he wants to see that the livelihood projects being put up by the government not only benefit the majority Christians, but will directly hit development of the Muslim villages, as well.
He cited the 1,000-hectare mariculture zone in Panabo City and the 750-hectare aquaculture production project in Barangay Ising, Carmen town, among other livelihood projects.
He further assured the support and commitment of the leadership of the province to the Muslim communities so long as they cooperate with the provincial government.
As a response, DNMCC President Hadji Mike Matanog affirmed the cooperation of the Muslim sector to the undertakings of the province.
Matanog said the council was organized to foster unity and prosperity among Muslim leaders and communities in the province, as well as to ensure proper coordination of community projects intended for uplifting the socio-economic condition of Muslim populace. The council also serves as a peace council for all the Muslim villages in the province. (PGO DN/PIA XI) [top]