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Davao leaders push for peace action agenda

By Mai Gevera

Davao City (12 February) -- The different leaders from the various sectors of the Davao Region drafted and agreed to push for the action agenda for peace, development, and security in the region.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo attended the said event wherein the participants presented to the President the resolution and action agenda that they agreed on.

One of the resolutions cited is for the speedy release of project funds so that infrastructure projects in the region will be acted on and will benefit the people.

The participants saw the need to speed-up infrastructure projects like Maramag-Kibawe transmission line, the Mindanao Rural Development Program, Agrarian Reform Infrastructure Support Project, and the Tuganay Watershed Development Project.

"I have been hands-on in pushing for the P200 B budget for infrastructure projects this year. So I am telling our leaders to surge their spending on infra especially this first quarter," Arroyo said.

She bared that Davao del Norte and other Davao provinces are getting plenty of the infrastructure projects from the national government. One of the priority projects that PGMA wanted to finish is the Davao-Surigao Coastal Road.

Meanwhile, the President also agreed on the local leaders' suggestion of increasing agricultural productivity in Davao region by transferring University of the Philippines' College of Agriculture from Los Banos. Laguna to UP Mindanao.

It was also recommended that research and development, and technology transfer courses on agriculture must be offered in Mindanao schools and universities especially in the Davao Region.

However, what seems to be distinct and quite controversial in the list of resolutions presented to the President was the strict release of the IRA that must only be given out to the different LGUs after the submission of the development plans.

This made the President react after her administration fought for the speedy release of IRA to the different LGUs so that the public will immediately feel government projects coming from the national pipeline. (PIA XI) [top]

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