Monday, January 4, 2016

Salceda bares more work in 2016, seeks cooperation of Albayanos

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 31 (PNA) -- Albay Gov. Joey Sarte Salceda on Thursday disclosed the line-up of his target and ongoing projects in 2016 as he sought the cooperation of the Albayanos for their success.

"By the grace of God, let us work together for the greater glory of Albay,” Salceda said as he greeted everybody a “Happy New Year”.

With the Palarong Pambansa 105 days away, he said, “all hands on the paddle as we go full throttle in sustainable development through tourism, agriculture, small enterprises, education, health, social protection, disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation.”

The concurrent Regional Development Council Bicol chair, said the Provincial Government of Albay (PGA) will work with the Department of Education family to ensure the success of Senior High School in Albay with 21,800 students in 2016-17.

“We will exert mightily to get the Bicol International Airport in Daraga executed faster and the PHP171 billion Southline railway to Legazpi be competitively bid in February 2016,” Salceda said.

He said the PGA will work with its five development partners – the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital, Bicol University and the cities of Legazpi, Ligao and Tabaco – to make them become world-class institutions.

The Albay chief executive vowed to work for the extension of the San Fernando-Oas-Daraga Road to Legazpi City to serve as a six-lane road to the international airport.

“And to give our bustling urban zone a breathing space, a new road will connect Padang to Bogtong (Legazpi) to Binitayan to Miisi (Daraga) to Cabangan to Libod (Camalig) which will also serve as escape route from the six-kilometer danger zone,” Salceda assured.

He also saw the need to expedite the execution of the successor six-year plan for AlMaSor (Albay-Masbate-Sorsogon) Tourism Alliance through facilities development and road links to destinations and the GuiCaDaLe Economic Township like upland roads in Guinobatan, Camalig, Daraga and Legazpi.

At the center, the governor added, will be the approval of the conversion of the Legazpi National Airport into a 74-hectare Legazpi Green City and the future location of Albay International Convention Center. (PNA) JMC/FGS/EMC/CBD/rsm