Siargao Island, Surigao Del Norte
November 6, 2021

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte visited Siargao Island in Surigao Del Norte and led the inauguration of two (2) landmark infrastructure projects under the administration’s ‘Build, Build, Build’ Program – the Siargao Island Sports and Tourism Complex (SISTC) and the Catangnan – Cabitoonan Bridge System.

During the program, President Duterte unveiled the project markers and was shown audio-visual presentations (AVPs) showcasing the two (2) key infrastructure projects.

In his keynote message, the President said that the inaugural ceremony of the SISTC happened at an auspicious time as the country is revitalizing the tourism industry in order to recover from the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. He commended the local government officials of Surigao Del Norte for initiating the project and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for building the infrastructure.

“I am confident that this newly constructed sports complex will inspire greater passion for sports among our young people and encourage them to take advantage of these facilities to develop their talents. It is also expected to promote the social, cultural and economic perspective of Siargao to be capable of hosting major sports and other big ticket events in the Island,” President Duterte said.

On the Catangnan – Cabitoonan Bridge System, the Chief Executive said that this would connect, along with Libertad 1 and 2 Bridges, the different barangays of General Luna in Surigao del Norte. “The construction of additional roads and bridges is vital to our country’s economic development by enhancing the mobility and accessibility of people, goods and services. With these infrastructure developments, we are confident that Siargao will cement its place as one of the premier tourist destinations in the Philippines,” he added.

Furthermore, President Duterte urged the local government officials and people of Siargao Island to preserve the cleanliness and natural wonders of the Island for the next generation of Filipinos.