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President Aquino says government is developing infrastructures in Leyte to boost agriculture and tourism

ISABEL, Leyte: The government has poured huge investment to build major infrastructures of Leyte province to further develop its tourism and agriculture sectors, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Wednesday.

In his speech following the ceremonial switch-on of the Sitio Electrification Program in Region 8, the President acknowledged Leyte’s potential in producing coconut water and its tourism sector.

To ensure the influx of more tourists in the province, the government allotted P2.6 billion starting 2011 to 2012 to develop the major infrastructures in the province, such as roads, bridges and airport, the President said.

The President said that among the projects in the pipe line include the Albuera-Burauen road project, the construction of the Balagnon bridge, the rehabilitation of Tacloban and Maasin airport, the Chief Executive reported, adding that the airport project could start this December.

He noted that his administration is confident in releasing more allocation to Leyte knowing that its local leaders will spend their budget more prudently for projects needed by the province.

Building more infrastructures in the province, according to the President, will help Leyte develop its coconut water production, he said.

“Mula Enero hanggang Hunyo ng taong ito, nasa 10 milyong litro na po ang nailuwas nating coconut water; mas mataas ng 101 porsyento sa kaparehong panahon noong 2011. Kaya naman kumpiyansa tayong lalago pa ito sa susunod na mga buwan,” the President said, explaining the country’s coconut water export.

On tourism, the President said, Leyte posted 365,000 arrivals last year, with the bulk of visitors going to Eastern Visayas. He said that good food, the improved peace and order situation, beautiful sceneries have boosted Leyte’s tourism figures.

Joining the President during the Leyte event were Energy Secretary Jose Rene Almendras, Trade Secretary Gregory Domingo, Sen. Teofisto “TG” Guingona III, Leyte 4th District Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez, Leyte Gov. Jericho Petilla,and Presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda.

April 25, 2014 10:36:40