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BALINGASAG, Misamis Oriental – President Benigno S. Aquino III expressed confidence that the opening of the Laguindingan Airport in June 15 this year will further enhance the growth of tourism and trade in Northern Mindanao and nearby areas as the new facility serves as a gateway of Mindanao to the rest of the world.
“Ang magagandang nangyayari nga po sa bayan ng Balingasag ay sumasalamin sa progresibong tagumpay ng inyong lalawigan. Nariyan ang bagong world-class airport sa Laguindingan, na bubuksan na sa Hunyo 15 nitong taon na ito,” the President said in his message during his meeting with local leaders and the community here.
“Inaasahan nating talaga namang malaki ang maitutulong sa ating ekonomiya dito po sa inyong lalawigan at sa buong Kalakhang Mindanao,” he added.
Aside from the Laguindingan Airport, the President said that the administration has also funded 27 irrigation projects, in which the government allotted more than P225 million, he said.
The project is expected to benefit the farmers of Opol, Manticao, Claveria, Sugbongcogon, Naawan, Alubihid, Hasaan, El Salvador, Hingoog and Cagayan de Oro City. According to the President, the government also funded the construction of 18 farm-to-market roads in Misamis Oriental.
While the government focuses in building major infrastructure in Misamis Oriental, it hasn’t forgotten the survivors of Typhoon Sendong in giving them new shelter so they could start new lives.
“May halos 4,500 kabahayan na tayong naipatayo sa 8,600 housing units na target natin para sa Cagayan de Oro resettlement sites. ‘Yung natitira po ang balita ko’y kasalukuyang ginagawa at marami na pong malapit nang matapos,” the President said.
More than 1,000 families living at Isla de Oro, a danger area, have been relocated by the government and livelihood has been provided the families. Aside from the government’s thrust to relocate the affected families, the administration has also allotted P12-million for the Self-Employment Assistance Kaunlaran as well as P23 million for cash-for-work program.
“At hindi po tayo titigil sa pagbubuhos ng mga proyekto’t programa dito sa Misamis Oriental, dahil hangad nating ilapit ang ating mga Boss— ang taumbayan— sa katuparan ng kani-kanilang mga pangarap,” the President said.
The President urged the people of Misamis Oriental to support the leaders of the province allied with the administration to ensure the continuity of government projects.