M. A. Barba Sports Complex, Toledo, Cebu
April 19, 2013

President Benigno S. Aquino III joined local leaders and the community in a meeting at the M.A. Barba Sports Complex in Toledo, Cebu.

In his speech, the President cited several government initiatives to boost tourism and trade in order to generate more jobs and livelihood for the people. These include the widening of the Mactan Circumferential Road which he earlier led the groundbreaking in Lapu-Lapu City, and the plan to build a new Passenger Terminal Building at the Mactan International Airport by next year.

According to the President, the government has targeted 35 million tourist arrivals by 2016 but the figures last year have already surpassed it by two million, creating more opportunities for employment. He thanked the Filipino people for their support in this achievement.

During the meeting, he also urged the Cebuanos to exercise the power of their votes in selecting the right local and national leaders who would bring change towards progress and development.

“Sa huli, nasa iisang bangka lamang tayong lahat, at nasa kamay ng bawat isa kung saang direksyon natin gustong isulong ang bansa,” he said.

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