Thursday, March 13, 2008

27 Infra Projects To Bring Development To Mindanao And Its People.

So, is imperial Manila finally recognizing the uneven distribution of wealth or is this just another move by Malacañang to assuage the sentiments of a people who has felt neglected since time immemorial?

Top Malacañang officials headed by Presidential Management Staff head Secretary Cerge M. Remonde will be in town tomorrow for the 3rd National Infrastructure Forum at the Marco Polo Hotel to forge stronger ties with Mindanao stakeholder to fully realize the implementation of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s infrastructure projects in Mindanao.

Mindanao contributes greatly to the country’s coffers thanks to its agricultural exports. However, the budget given to the island is meagre compared to the other islands. Remonde himself acknowledged this and said some of the country’s poorest provinces are in the island. Thus, the government’s plant to fast track 27 infra projects to promote food security in Mindanao.

Among the 27 infra projects are eight power and energy projects, two ports (including the Davao Port in Sasa, the improvement of which is expected to maximize seaport linkages and increase economic activity), seven airports, nine roads and bridges and a major irrigation project (along with small farm to market roads).

Remonde is also urging the business sector to invest in the infrastructure projects.

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