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Regional directors, representatives of the government agencies, and some private stakeholders together with Butuan City Mayor Ferdinand Amante, Jr. and other officials witness the inauguration of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Caraga’s new Science and Technology Center, as well as the groundbreaking of its Metrology Laboratory at the Caraga State University (CSU) Campus, Barangay Ampayon, Butuan City headed by Regional Director Lyndo Villacorta. (PIA-Caraga)

PIA Press Release
Wednesday, January 04, 2012

LGU to purchase land for riverbank residents in Agusan del Norte

by Robert E. Roperos

BUTUAN CITY, Jan. 4 (PIA) -- Agusan del Norte provincial government is determined to purchase land for residents living along the riverbanks of the province.

According to Provincial Operation Planning Officer Rofel Cabaltera in an interview with Bombo Radyo-Butuan, the provincial government is allocating some 20 percent of their annual development budget to purchase residential lots within the province.

Calbaltera added priority beneficiaries of the project are residents living along the riverbanks in the province.

“Ang atong panggamhanang probinsiyal sa Agusan del Norte maga-gahin og 20 porsyiento sa annual development budget aron sa pagpalit og luna nga kapuy-an sa mga residente ni’ng probinsiya nga anaa nanimuyo duol sa mga kasubaan,” Cabaltera said.

(Our provincial government in Agusan del Norte is allocating 20 percent of the annual development budget to purchase residential lots for residents of this province living along the riverbanks.)

This, according to Cabaltera, was developed after the provincial officials headed by Gov. Erlpe John Amante see the need of these residents to be transferred to safer places to avoid incidents that may possibly happen.

The official added it is the responsibility of the provincial government to provide the residents living along the riverbanks, with a place or area that is safer.

In Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City, hundreds of residents living near the riverbanks of Cagayan de Oro River and Mandulog River, respectively were killed due to flashflood that hits the two cities on December 17, 2011.

The two rivers have swollen and overflowed on the evening of December 17, causing massive flashfloods in the areas, and even along the national highway in Brgy. Hinaplanon, Iligan City. (PIA-Caraga)

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