06 May 2016
  • President Aquino urges Bicolanos to support administration bets
  • President Aquino reports on government’s accomplishments in Camarines Sur
  • President Aquino leads groundbreaking of NAIA Expressway Phase 2

President Aquino urges Bicolanos to support administration bets
(LIGAO CITY, Albay) President Benigno S. Aquino III on Thursday enjoined Bicolanos to support administration candidates, Manuel Roxas II and Leni Robredo, to ensure the continuity of Daang Matuwid programs.Before an enthusiastic crowd at the City Pavilion, the President enumerated the administration’s reform programs that helped improve the lives of people across the country.

He noted Albay province’s allocation of P21.8 billion for infrastructure projects, which include the Yawa Bridge widening, the newly installed Tibu Pumping Station and farm-to-market roads; the construction of 2,577 classrooms; and the electrification of 39 sitios.
The Chief Executive also mentioned that of the 96 million members of PhilHealth, 1.8 million are from Albay, while 77,000 households in the province are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), which assists 4.6 million households nationwide.

“Intindihin natin: Paano natin nagawa iyan? Siyempre, masinop ang paggastos ng pondo at pinalaki natin ang ekonomiya,” President Aquino said in his speech.

“Para sa akin nga ho, sa Lunes, referendum. Tama ba ang ginawa natin sa tuwid na daan o mali? At huwag na tayong mag-isip ng kung ano-ano pa,” he said, reminding Bicolanos to consider the gains of good governance when they cast their ballots on May 9.

“Kulang na iboto natin si Mar Roxas at Leni Robredo. Kailangan ho na ikampanya natin para siguradong tayo ang pinakamarami at tayo ang magdedesisyon sa kinabukasan natin,” said the President, whose term ends on June 30.

Also present were Albay Vice Governor Harold Imperial, 3rd District Representative Fernando Gonzalez, and Ligao City Mayor Patricia Gonzalez-Alsua. PND (jm)

President Aquino reports on government’s accomplishments in Camarines Sur
(NAGA CITY, Camarines Sur) President Benigno S. Aquino III on Thursday night joined administration candidates here to ask the people’s support so that his reform agenda would continue in the province of Camarines Sur.Following his visit to Naga City last February to pitch for the administration bets, President Aquino returned to once again ask the support of Bicolanos.

In a speech before local leaders, the President reported his government’s accomplishments in the province, citing for instance Camarines Sur’s P17.93 billion budget for infrastructure projects, four times higher than the P4.57 billion allocated by the previous administration.

Of the amount, P229.3 million was spent on the Tigaon-Albay Boundary Road, which was completed in September 2014, he said, noting that the road project is part of the 18,000 kilometers of national roads completed by the government over six years.

The government has also improved the facilities of the Naga Airport and has constructed the San Vicente Port in Caramoan, the Sabang Port in San Jose, and the Garchitorena Port, he added.

The President also cited the flood control projects for the Naga River, for Dayangdang and Peñafrancia in Camaligan in Bula and Buhi, as well as the seawall in Calabanga.

The National Economic and Development Authority Board also approved in February 2015 the North-South Railway Project Southline from Tutuban, Manila to Calamba, Laguna to Legaspi, Albay, he said, adding that the government is also studying its extension to Matnog, Sorsogon.

He also mentioned the major strides the administration has made in terms of social welfare and protection, citing the 112,898 households in the province benefitting from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. The figure is part of the 4.6 million households nationwide receiving aid under the program.

The President further reported that 4,058 classrooms were built in Camarines Sur under his term, part of the 185,000 classrooms constructed or are being constructed across the country.

In health care, PhilHealth covers 1.7 million individuals in Camarines Sur, part of the 93 million covered across the country, he said, noting that the administration’s major achievements in the energy sector include the electrification of 495 sitios in the province.

Prior to his meeting with the local leaders, the President inaugurated a fish port and a cold storage facility in Calabanga, which he said could help boost economic activities that would eventually reduce poverty in the municipality. PND (as)

President Aquino leads groundbreaking of NAIA Expressway Phase 2
President Benigno S. Aquino III lead the groundbreaking of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Expressway Phase 2 Friday.

The President was also briefed on the project by Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Secretary Rogelio L. Singson.

Aside from Singson, Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) Secretary Emilio A. Abaya, Paranaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez, Pasay City Representative Imelda G. Calixto, Pasay City Mayor Antonio G. Calixto, San Miguel Corp. President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang and DMCI President Jorge A. Consunji also attended the ceremony.

The project is expected to alleviate the traffic problems along the country’s main airport and improve access to the southern cities of Metro Manila and the provinces of Cavite and Batangas.

It will have a length of 6 kilometers from the NAIA Expressway Phase 1 and end at Macapagal Avenue. The expressway will have entry and exit ramps at NAIA Terminal 1, 2 and 3, Cavitex and PAGCOR Entertainment City.

The project will also have a link to Paranaque City along Imelda Avenue. PND (jd)