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PGMA allocates P20-M for Camiguin's development

MAMBAJAO, Camiguin (18 October) -- President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo announced here yesterday the allocation of P20 million for the cross-country road and market project development of this island province which, she said, should put one of the erstwhile poorest provinces in the Philippines in the radar map of tourists.

In a speech kicking off the 28th Lanzones Festival here this morning, the President said that the development of the province is foremost in the agenda of the national government as it forms a vital part of the Central Nautical Highway which would bring people from Bohol and Cebu and other parts of the country through Balbagon and Guinsiliban.

"For Camiguin," she said, "these are the initial benefits of the development of the RORO (Roll-on, Roll-off) port in Mambajao and the repair of the Guinsiliban-Mambajao road."

"Gusto nato karon nga mangita ug investor sa RORO ferry boat kan kinsa makahatag ng Development Bank of the Philippines ug concessional loan (We would like to look for an investor for the RORO ferry boat who can get from the DBP a concessional loan)," she added in the vernacular.

The Chief Executive said she had instructed Transportation and Communications Secretary Leandro Mendoza to establish a pier or port in southern Cebu "so that the RORO ferry transport system will be realized and the route profitable."

She pointed out that almost every year since she became a President, she has always attended the Camiguin Lanzones Festival.

"Every time I visit here, I look at how you used the opportunities that were given to you to improve your life," she said.

The President pointed out that Camiguin used to be among the 10 poorest provinces in the country but because of the hardwork of the Camiguignons and the vision of the former Governor now Congressman Pedro Romualdo, Camiguin is now out of the so-called Club 10.

She stressed that even if Camiguin is one of the smallest provinces, one can find here the sweetest lanzones in the country while the tourist spots "are not just wonderful, but also comparable to those we have seen in other parts of the country."

"What you needed was the chance to be known to the whole world what you can offer and now you already have this chance. You also have your lanzones festival and fairs which bring tourists here," she added.

The President said that Camiguin offers excellent opportunities in a range of sectors particularly various forms of tourism, including eco-tourism. (OPS) [top]

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