IN line with the government’s goal to bring inclusive growth for the whole country, Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go assured the Bicol region that it will benefit from the various infrastructure and social services programs of the Duterte administration.
The President’s special assistant stressed this during his visit to Camarines Sur to attend the anniversary of the 9th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army.
In his remarks, Go said that the government is eyeing to implement world class transportation projects for the region to speed up its progress.
“The government hopes for faster flow of cargos and services in and out of Camarines Sur. Under the Build, Build, Build program, we will continuously implement world-class transportation projects for the province and for the whole Bicol region,” said Go.
He also recognized the significant contribution of Camarines Sur and the whole Bicol region to the country’s economy, saying that the administration has been pushing the projects under the Build, Build, Build program to encourage more tourists to visit the region and more government services to reach Bicolanos.
“The transportation projects will surely encourage tourists to visit the watersports parks here and other local attractions throughout the province,” said Go, citing also several road projects to be undertaken by the Duterte administration to ease travel to and from the region.
“The Department of Finance is working with Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank (AIIB) to finance the 38-kilometer Pasacao-Balatan Tourism Coastal highway worth 4.74 billion pesos,” he added.
According to Go, in August 2018, Department of Finance (DoF) included the Camarines Sur-Catanduanes Friendship Road in their shortlist as part of the 12 major projects to be funded by Asian Infrastructure and Investment Bank or AIIB.
The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is currently studying the Camarines Sur Expressway Project that is worth 2.25 billion pesos.
Go also promised to put up Malasakit Centers in Legazpi and Naga. For Legazpi, the Bicol Regional Training and Teaching Hospital (BRTTH) is currently being processed, while the one for Naga is still being studied.
“Putting up Malasakit Centers is what is on my mind right now, and is in our priority list. We will strengthen and expand the program so that more Filipinos will benefit from it,” he said.
The Malasakit Center is a one-stop shop program of President Duterte to hasten the delivery of medical services and give poor patients access to free medicine.