PIA News Service - Thursday, May 13, 2010

PGMA set to inspect, inaugurate P152-M Sayak Airport development project

DAPA, Siargao Island – President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo is set to inaugurate and inspect on Friday (May 14) the P152-million Sayak Airport Development Project (SADP) at Dapa town, Siargao Island. 

Surigao del Norte solon Rep. Francisco T. Matugas said the Chief Executive will inspect some of the facilities at the P92-million Sayak Airport and inaugurate the 7.397-kilometer Dapa-Del Carmen road that also connects the new airport, with a total project cost of P152 million. 

He also said Mrs. Arroyo, accompanied by nine municipal mayors and their respective local officials, will have an inaugural drive-thru near the Dapa-Cancohoy Road-Section part of the Sayak Airport. 

Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Director Dr. Evelyn T. Barroso said the Sayak Airport Development Project was funded under the DPWH regular infrastructure fund. 

Some of the projects started late 2008 and are targeted to be completed before President Arroyo steps down in June. 

Rep. Matugas said in the inspection and inauguration of the SADP projects, the President will also be accompanied by some Cabinet officials led by Public Works and Highways Secretary Victor Domingo. 

Mrs. Arroyo will be welcomed here by Dapa Mayor Peter “Boy” Ruaya and Del Carmen Mayor Bully Navarro. 

Matugas said this SADP project is a big boost to the tourism industry in the province. “More tourists, both foreign and domestic mean more income and employment to our locality,” he said. 

This Siargao Island is already known as the “international surfing and “international fishing hub” the past five years, it was gathered. (MUC/PIA-Caraga)


Tremor shakes Butuan City, nearby cities

BUTUAN CITY - Residents in this region’s capital city went into panic when a 4 magnitude earthquake struck 10:11 a.m. Thursday. 

As this developed, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Caraga region is still checking if the tremor caused any injuries or damages. 

“Our men in the field are still verifying if there are inflicted injuries or damages during the incident,” said Region 13 OCD Regional Director Dr. Blanche T. Gobenciong. 

The OCD official said the various city, provincial and municipal disaster coordinating councils were already mobilized to monitor of any damages or injuries. 

However, there is no immediate report of any damages or injuries. 

The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said the epicenter was recorded 36 kilometers north, north west of Butuan City. 

The tremor was also felt at 4 magnitude in nearby Cabadbaran City and Surigao City. 

It was recalled that on Monday a 4.1 magnitude earthquake also hit Butuan City. 

The epicenter on Monday's tremor was also located 38 kilometers of this city, Phivolcs added. (MUC/PIA-Caraga)