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Gov. Barbers calls for unity for peace and progress

Gov. Robert Ace Barbers urged leaders to set aside politics and unite together while calling the people to rally behind the administration, may it be in a local or national setting, so that good programs will be reached and felt by the people.

The Governor said this here today during a press conference at the Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) in the capitol where some 20 media practitioners covered the event.

Gov. Barbers added that the Surigaonons, particularly the people from Siargao are very thankful to Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo for giving P50-M for the renovation of the Siargao District Hospital in Dapa, soon to be renamed Diosdado Macapagal Memorial Hospital.

He also said that aside from the financial support for the renovation, there is also the creation of ?Bagsakan? or drop-off centers in Del Carmen, Siargao Island and in mainland Surigao which could raise the profitability of farmers and expand the access of consumers to quality foodstuff.

He disclosed that he invited Pres. Arroyo to grace the blessing of the hospital which would be simultaneously done with the opening of the Bagsakan Center in Del Carmen but has not yet received any confirmation.

Meanwhile, Gov. Barbers invited all people to visit and enjoy the Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival that through the years added color to the feast of Senior San Nicolas de Tolentino every Sept. 9-10.

He said, the festival is aimed to encourage local and international tourists to come and experience the festivity offered by the province.

He added that it also displays not only the abundant marine products, beautiful beaches and other tourist destinations but also the culture of the people in quest for peace, solidarity and progress.

Lyneth Abella of Malimono, an onlooker of the Bonok-Bonok said that the parade of the ritual dances really added excitement and delight to the festival that she looks forward to every year. (Jose Jemuel Dael - PIA-Caraga)

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