Atty. Leonardo N. Mamba Gymnasium, Tuguegarao City, Cagayan
2 May 2016

President Benigno S. Aquino III joined local officials and residents of Cagayan province in a gathering of support for Liberal Party (LP) candidates at the Atty. Leonardo N. Mamba Gymnasium in Tuguegarao City, Cagayan.

The President outlined key efforts made in the province by the administration such as the 450% increase of budget for Cagayan’s infrastructures — from PhP 3.79 billion in 2005-2010 to PhP 17.04 billion in 2011-2016.

He also spoke about the administration’s focus on Cagayan’s agricultural sector by granting a budget of PhP 3.5 billion to build irrigation projects and farm to market roads in an effort to increase productivity and profit of Filipino farmers. He added that the administration further invested PhP 128.29 million on post-harvest machineries to help deliver on the rest of the farmers’ needs.

The President continued by discussing his administration’s continued support for the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), citing that from zero beneficiaries in 2010, Cagayan province now supports 32,205 impoverished households, which form part of the 4.6 million total beneficiaries under his presidency.

His administration’s continued support for education was also outlined, with the President saying that about 2,000 classrooms were built in Cagayan in his years of service.

The country’s health was also given importance through the administration’s effort to give free PhilHealth services to more Filipinos, now with over 1.03 million members in Cagayan province alone.

President Aquino also highlighted Cagayan’s energy service that now supplies one hundred percent of the province’s population, citing that 325 sitios were energized in order to achieve this milestone.

In addition, the President talked about the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA’s) improvement under the administration, from a 28.5 percent hiring rate in six months after graduation in 2010, to a solid 72 percent at the end of his term.