Brgy. Talipanan, Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro
29 August 2014
President Benigno S. Aquino III visited Puerto Galera in Oriental Mindoro for a briefing on several major Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) infrastructure projects in the island.
Public Works Secretary Rogelio L. Singson gave the project briefing which includes the construction of the 18-kilometer road that connects the provinces of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro from Puerto Galera to Abra de Ilog.
Other infrastructure projects mentioned include the development of 152 farm-to-market roads, 63 irrigation channels and the construction of post-harvest facilities like hand tractors and flatbed dryers which benefited over 35,000 farmers.
“Sa pagpapagawa ng mga kalsada, gumiginhawa ang biyahe, bumibilis ang palitan ng produkto at serbisyo, at lumalago ang negosyo. Bukod dito, mas madali nang mapupuntahan ang mga tourist spots sa inyong probinsya,” President Aquino said.
“Malinaw ang hangad natin: mapalago ang ani ng ating mga magsasaka, mapabilis ang biyahe ng mga produkto mula sakahan hanggang pamilihan, at sa huli, madagdagan ang kita ng ating mga kababayan,” he added.
The President was joined by Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and local government officials headed by Oriental Mindoro Governor Alfonso Umali Jr. and Occidental Mindoro Governor Mario Gene J. Mendiola.
Also present were Rep. Salvador C. Leachon (1st District, Oriental Mindoro), Rep. Reynaldo V. Umali (2nd District, Oriental Mindoro), Rep. Josephine Ramirez-Sato (Occidental Mindoro) and Mayor Hubbert Christoper A. Dolor of Puerto Galera.