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PIA Press Release
2009/06/15

Gov. Amante extols Agusan Norte accomplishments

by Lovely Laudette Gamba

Butuan City (June 15) -- "Agusan del Norte is the number one province in the region," says Governor Erlpe John Amante during the opening ceremony of the 42nd Araw ng Agusan del Norte, today (June 15) at the provincial capitol grounds.

Nonetheless, the governor expresses his goal for the province to be in the top five or ten performing provinces in the country.

"Before, I am elated over the fact that Agusan del Norte is the number one province in the region. Now, I am not contented over this achievement anymore. I do not just want to be the number one province in Caraga, rather I want Agusan del Norte to become one of the top five or ten performing provinces in the country," says Gov. Amante.

Governor Amante further reveals that when Agusan was divided into two provinces - Agusan del Norte has smaller land area, smaller population and therefore smaller internal revenue allotment or IRA. Yet, these facts did not deter Agusan del Norte to become the number one performing province in the region.

"When Agusan was divided into two, Aousan del Norte was left with a smaller land area, smaller population and therefore smaller IRA. But these facts did not deter Agusan del Norte to become the number one province in the region. The province with smaller land area, smaller population and smaller IRA becomes the number one province in the region," explains Gov. Amante.

Governor Amante explains that Agusan del Norte enjoys the number one spot not because of good leadership but because its people decided early on to shape their own destiny.

"We are currently the number one province in the region, we are enjoying this status now partly because of good leadership but most of all because our people decided early on to shape our own destiny. We did not or never depended on anyone to achieve what we must achieve," says Governor Amante in his message.

When asked how he would compare Agusan del Norte to Agusan del Sur.

Governor Amante cited survey results on the poverty incidence of the two provinces. Amante explains that Agusan del Sur has a higher poverty incidence of 60 percent compared to Agusan del Norte's 30 percent.

"Well, I do not want to compare. But based on a study the poverty incidence of Agusan del Sur is 60 percent while that of Agusan del Norte is 30 percent. The figure would speak for itself," says Governor Amante. (PIA-Caraga) [top]

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