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Buananons happy on PGMA's new town visit, bare accomplishments and concerns

By Neil D. Lopido

Tacloban City (March 23) -- The people of San Jose de Buan, a remote Samar town which is about 135 kilometers away from this city, were very happy when no less than President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited recently to inaugurate four Kalayaan Barangay Projects (KBP) which include the 2 units school buildings at the San Jose de Buan Central School, 2 health centers and street lighting projects constructed under the Army Engineers.

In her speech, Mayor Melania Rebato expressed her gratitude to the President being the first Philippine President to visit San Jose de Buan, one of the poorest towns in Eastern Visayas.

Mayor Rebato told the President that despite their town being included in the list of poorest municipalities, they take this as a challenge to serve more in order to address the problems faced by their constituents by giving the basic services and infrastructure projects to uplift their lives.

"Sa katunayan halos 90percent ng aming source of income ay nakadepende sa IRA. Ganun paman, mahal na Pangulo, buong puso ko pong ipinagmamalaki na 100 percent ng aming barangay ay may day care service," the town's chief executive said. (In fact, almost 90 percent of the source of our income depends on IRA. Nevertheless, beloved President, I boast this wholeheartedly that 100 percent of our barangays have day care service.)

As to energization, out of the 14 batangays 12 barangays are already fully energized while the water system at the town proper is already at level 3, Rebato said.

Rebato further said that they also appointed a permanent physician working hard with the health workers so that the town's rural health unit will be accredited by PhilHealth.

Moreover, the town also implemented the open high school system and provided scholarships to indigents but deserving students though the school still lack teacher items who will serve the far-flung barangays despite the fact that they have municipality-paid teachers, Rebato said.

Meanwhile, Rebato highlighted her speech by informing the President of the biggest problem they are experiencing which is the bad road from San Jose de Buan to Lokilokon which she said one of the reasons why investors are not coming in when in fact their town has big potentials in ecotourism, mining and agriculture, among others.

Peace and order has long been a priority concern of the town which is why they are supportive of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police in their battle towards a lasting peace and solve the insurgency problem in the area, Rebato said. (PIA-8) [top]

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