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PIA Press Release
2008/02/09

PGMA flies to Misamis Oriental to inspect ongoing infrastructure projects

GINGOOG CITY (9 February) -- Pushing her "surge in infrastructure spending" policy, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo arrived yesterday in Misamis Oriental, the first stop of her inspection of ongoing infrastructure projects in Mindanao.

Looking relaxed and in a buoyant mood, the President arrived at Barangay Binakalan here at 10 a.m. where she led the groundbreaking of the Gingoog-Claveria-Villanueva Road concreting project.

Wearing a sky blue blouse and pants, the President lowered the time capsule signaling the start of the P824.45-million road improvement and concreting project.

The President has ordered a "surge in infrastructure spending as a firewall against the United States recession."

The massive funding going into infrastructure facilities all over the country is expected to sustain brisk economic activities, thus softening the impact of the US recession on the Philippines.

Assisting her in the groundbreaking rites were Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane Jr., Misamis Oriental Governor Oscar Moreno, Misamis Oriental Congressmen Danilo Lagbas, (1st Dist.), and Vicente Emano Jr., (2nd Dist.), Gingoog City Mayor Ruth Guingona and Vice Mayor Vicente Emano Sr.

Also present were Mindanao Super Region chief and Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process Jesus Dureza and other local officials.

During the program, the President ordered Ebdane to provide an additional P15 million to augment the initial P35 million allocation for the widening, rock excavation, improvement of existing alignment, lowering of grade and concreting of the 47.10 kilometers stretch of the project.

"We need to have a surge in infrastructure spending in order to speed up the transportation of agricultural produce to the market and improve the lives of the farmers," the President said in her brief remarks.

The road project links Gingoog City and the municipalities of Claveria and Villanueva and serve as alternate route of the Iligan-Cagayan de Oro-Butuan Road and shorten the travel distance between the two points by 25.30 kilometers.

The objective of the project is to provide better access to the vast agricultural and agri-industrial areas in Misamis Oriental and Bukidnon as well as pave the way for the development of far-flung upland barangays.

The project will also lead to the upgrading of the land value, dispersal of economic development and increased business and agricultural activities in the area.

From Misamis Oriental, the President will proceed to Davao del Norte to attend the Local Peace and Security Assembly (LPSA) at the Provincial Capitol in Tagum City. (OPS) [top]

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