DPWH XI continues relief drive for flood victims
Davao City (13 October) -- The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region -XI office continues to accept donations, either in kind or in cash, for the flood victims caused by the onslaught of typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng.
DPWH XI Director Osop L. Ali, in his memorandum issued to all DPWH division chiefs and personnel, stated the immediate assistance needed by those badly affected by said typhoons especially those families being housed in (many) evacuation centers in Luzon.
Director Ali said "they need food, water, clothings, and medicines at talagang kalunos-lunos ang kalagayan ng ating mga kababayan sa kanilang kinalalagyan sa evacuation centers. Kailangang-kailangan nila ang ating tulong," he added.
The government has a lot of things to do that it can better shield our economy and address the needs and sufferings of the typhoon victims. All of these donations accepted by the regional office of the DPWH are immediately forwarded to the Central Office.
Mindanaoans are still lucky because we are not directly affected by these typhoons. The huge funds poured in by Her Excellency, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for Mindanao was not wasted.
In his latest visit here in Davao, DPWH Secretary Jun Ebdane used to remind the people to take good care of our infra projects because these will not only benefit us but our future generations. Alagaan natin ang ating mga lansangan, sapagka't ito'y para din sa ating pakinabang, he said.n
The President, in her fulfillment of a promise for the people in Mindanao, has poured out (in 2007) a total of Php3.02-billion worth of infra funds for Regions X, XI, and XIII.
The huge funds went to the construction of a 57-kilometer concrete road from Kapalong-Talaingod in Davao del Norte (Region XI) to Valencia, Bukidnon (Region XI).
Another SONA project is the 87-kilometer concreting of the Surigao del Sur-Davao Oriental Coastal Road (Boston-Manay Section).
This highway along the eastern coast of the province of Davao Oriental, when completed, will connect Surigao del Sur with a first class concrete road intended to boost the socio-economic life of Regions X1 and X111.
Spearheaded by DPWH Secretary Hermogenes "Jun" Ebdane, and DPWH XI Director Osop L. Ali, these officials have instructed the DPWH Engineering Team to do everything to fast-track the SONA projects and be able to complete it before the term of the President ends next year (2010). (PIA X1 with reports from rose b palacio) [top]