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Aquino assures more gov't funding for infra, dev't projects

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President Benigno S. Aquino III gave assurances the government remains committed to provide more government funding for infrastructure and development projects as part of efforts in enhancing the province's business and tourism sectors.

In his speech during his meeting with local leaders and the community at the Calamba City Hall Grounds here on Friday, the Chief Executive said road projects are now in place to boost the province's tourism, commercial, agriculture sectors, among others.

"Sa ngayon, sinisikap nating pumaspas ang pagpapagawa ng apatnapu’t pitong kilometrong Cavite-Laguna Expressway mula sa Kawit, Cavite patungong Mamplasan, Laguna. Isinusulong na rin natin ang Calamba-Los Baños-Bay Expressway na magmumula sa SLEX Extension at kokonekta sa ating national road sa munisipalidad ng Bay, Laguna," he said.

President Aquino said the government started working on the flood control dike expressway to address flooding in Metro Manila, Laguna and nearby provinces.

"Batid po natin ang malaking pinsala ng malawakang pagbaha. Kaya naman naglaan tayo ng limang bilyong pisong priority flood control projects para sa Kalakhang Maynila at mga karatig bayan. Puspusan nating itataguyod ang mga imprastrakturang pipigil sa pagragasa ng baha sa iba’t ibang bahagi ng Laguna," the President noted.

"Nakapila na ang mga land raising projects malapit sa Laguna de Bay at ang pagpapatibay sa mga dinadaluyan ng tubig patungong lawa ng Laguna. Target rin nating simulan sa susunod na taon ang C-6 Extension, ang flood control dike expressway na babagtas mula Taguig hanggang Laguna," he stressed.

President Aquino said the government started implementing housing projects for the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, Philippine National Police, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection and Bureau of Corrections as part of the government's goal to improve their living conditions.

"Hulyo 2011 po nang huli akong magtungo dito sa Calamba upang ipamahagi ang apat na libong pabahay para sa ating mga sundalo’t pulis. At mula po noon, lalo pang umarangkada ang programa dahil sa ating mabuting pamamahala. Natapos na po nating ipatayo noong nakaraang taon ang 21,800 na pabahay para sa ating mga sundalo’t pulis. Nasa Phase II na rin po ang programa kung saan 31,200 pa ang ipinapatayo natin para sa mga kawani ng AFP, PNP, BJMP, BFP at BuCor sa buong bansa," he said.

The President expressed his gratitude to the people of Laguna who affirm his administration’s commitment to tread the straight and righteous path in transforming the Philippines into a progressive nation.

"Maraming salamat po sa patuloy ninyong pakikiisa sa tuwid na daan. Dahil sa nilikha ninyo at patuloy na ginagawang pagbabago, kaya nating ipagsigawang ang sarap maging Pilipino,” he said.

He assured the people that his government would continue to strengthen its efforts in ensuring that the benefits of the country's growth are both equitable and inclusive.

"Mantakin po ninyo: mula nang manungkulan tayo, naitaas natin ng dalawandaan at animnapu’t walong porsyento ang budget ng DSWD (Department of Social Welfare and Devlopment), pitumpu’t walong porsyento sa DOH (Department of Health), apatnapu’t apat na porsyento sa DepEd (Department of Education); at dalawampu’t tatlong porsyento sa DPWH," he said.

Anchored on the principle of "Tuwid na Daan," the President stressed that his government was able to build on the gains of the anti-corruption campaign and reduce poverty.

"Naitaas natin ang kanilang budget, nang walang itinataas na buwis. Bakit? Dahil wala nang tagas sa kabang bayan; hindi na nagso-shortcut sa kung kaninong bulsa ang pera ng taumbayan," he said.

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