PGMA to check on 3Es projects nationwide, visits Siargao Island

President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said today she is going around the country to check on her projects on education, environment and the economy (3Es) to ensure that, when she turns them over to the next administration, she will have completed most of them by then.

She came to this scenic island known as the “surfing capital of the Philippines” to inspect on the ongoing airport improvement program--- that includes the widening and extension of the runways and renovation of passenger terminal and administration building -- and then drove through the newly concreted 7.307-kilometer Dapa-Del Carmen Road worth P152 million.

The President then made a side trip to the Siargao Island Institute of Technology where she delivered a typewritten speech before teachers and students and then took her convoy to the nearby Dapa municipal gymnasium, which replaced the old gym that was gutted down by a fire three to four years ago. She inserted the last two events only hours before landing here.

After driving through the Dapa-Del Carmen Road, the President was briefed on the project by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Undersecretary Bashir Rasuman, who said that this segment of the road is part of the 126.703-kilometer Siargao Island National Road.

While at the road briefing, the President interacted with some beneficiaries by asking them just how the project will improve their lives. She talked to construction worker Hermie Nick Pobe, who found gainful employment in the project, and Genaro Sebille, a vegetable trader, who said the road project will improve his profits through reduced post harvest losses from the products he is taking to the market.

Surigao Gov. Sol Matugas, an educator herself, praised the President for the “historic” visit.

Congressman Francisco Lalo Matugas thanked the President for her support to the province in terms of infrastructure, health care services and her continuing presence and assistance on several occasions. “She is always there when we need her, that is why I am proud to say that she is an adopted daughter of Siargao and Surigao del Norte,” said Congressman Matugas. (Rose dela Cruz)

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