1.27.2009

PIA News Service - Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Pres. Arroyo to visit Agusan del Sur Wednesday

BUTUAN CITY (January 27) – After her visit one week ago in Tubajon, Dinagat Islands and Surigao City, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is once again set to visit the region, this time, in the municipality of Veruela in Agusan del Sur tomorrow, Wednesday, January 28, 2009 to inspect the damages brought by floods that occurred in the province.

The President will arrive at 10:00 o’clock in the morning at the project site of Baobo National Irrigation at Brgy. Sinobong in Veruela. She will be met by Veruela Mayor Solimar Mondejar, Agusan del Sur Governor Ma. Valentina Plaza, Agusan del Sur Lone Dist. Rep. Rodolfo Rodrigo Plaza, Brgy. Sinubong Chair Adela Bardon, PNP 13 Dir. Jaime Milla, NIA 13 Dir. Democratico Grana, Jr., and DAR 13 Asst. Dir. for Operations Alejandro Otacan

Upon arrival of the President, the provincial irrigation officer Engr. Pacifico Calibayan will give a briefing on the extent of the damage in the irrigation canal caused by the flooding that occurred last January 16, 2009. Then Agusan del Sur Gov. Tina Plaza will give her short welcome remarks followed by the message of Mayor Mondejar.

The construction of the Baobo Irrigation Project which has a total land area of 1,600 hectares is on - going. The project originally cost 540, 726,000.00. But after further evaluation the cost of the project was revised to 386, 887,139.64.

The completion of the project will benefit 6 irrigation associations and 5 barangays namely Sinubong, Sampaguita, La Fortuna, Magsaysay and Poblacion that are covered by the irrigation project.

Estimated crowd is 1,000 composed of residents, irrigation association officers and members, farmers, local officials and other guests.

It can be recalled that during the President’s Visit last week, Wednesday, January 21, National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Regional Irrigation Manager, Engr. Democratico Grana reported to President Arroyo the damage of the said irrigation project during the Regional Disaster Coordinating Council (RDCC) Meeting presided by her. (Robert E. Roperos, PIA-13)