Agusan del Sur receives social development funds from "Migs" ng Bayan
by David M. Suyao
Butuan City (9 June) -- A total of P9 million was poured in to Agusan del Sur after Sen. Juan Miguel Zubiri distributed the Statement of Allocation and Release Order (SARO) worth P500,000 to the 13 municipal and lone city mayors of Agusan del Sur while another P2 million was allocated for the provincial government.
"This is not the last, but the first financial aid I will pump in to Agusan del Sur. I will see to it that next year, that half million pesos worth of development fund will become one million, and that Agusan del Sur will become twin province of Bukidnon in terms of progress and development", Sen Zubiri said.
According to Gov. Maria Valentina Plaza of Agusan del Sur, the P2 million will finance the Tubig Imnonon Natong Agusanon (TINA), a water filter project in order to convert non-potable water into potable, specially in remote areas.
"We have plenty of water here in Agusan del Sur but sad to note, they are not safe for drinking, that resulted to the acquisition of our poor brothers and sisters water-borne diseases. The rest of the money will be spent for the construction of health centers", Gov. Tina Plaza said.
Sen Zubiri said it is his administration’s policy that his countrywide fund will be distributed evenly to all deserving provinces, and not only in Agusan del Sur. But he added that Agusan del Sur is among the "Firsts" who received.
According to Sen. Zubiri, the initial P500,000 each SARO received by all the 13 municipal and one city mayors will be spent for health centers, improvement of classrooms and water system in depressed barangays.
"As personal friend of your governor and all the Plazas, I want to tell you this is not my last visit in your province, but the initial. I will see to it that during the launching of your projects, I will be personally here again to witness and will spend at least 2 days here in order to be with you people of Agusan del Sur", Sen. Zubiri said.
According to Gov. Tina Plaza, she has also invited Sen. Zubiri to join the Agusanons to celebrate the Naliyagan Festival and enjoy the festivity. (PIA-Agusan del Sur) [top]