Press Release
March 24, 2012


BICOL -- In commitment to support the development of local government units (LGUs), Senator Teofisto "TG" Guingona III has allocated P9 million out of his priority development assistance fund (PDAF) to improve various road projects in the Bicol region.

"Bicol is one of the most resilient communities in the country. The region was able to move forward despite the disasters that affected its people and territory. Since agriculture is the major source of economy among our Bicolanos, it is only fitting that we support the LGU's road infrastructure development efforts to boost commerce and delivery of goods from farm to market," Sen. Guingona said.

The good governance advocate added that road improvements in the region would also support the tourism campaign of Bicol as the region continues to attract hordes of tourists to visit the famous Mayon volcano. Many tourists are also arriving in Bicol to experience scuba diving, surfing, and visit the architecture of various Catholic churches that dates back from the Spanish Colonial Period.

The P9 million was given to the various road improvement projects in Camarines Sur (P2 million for Ragay and Pili), Camarines Norte (P4 million for Basud and Daet) and Albay (P3 million for Bacacay and Sto. Domingo).

"These infrastructure projects will help bring direct, immediate and substantial benefits to the Filipinos in the countryside by improving the public access to schools, hospitals, tourism spots and market centers," Sen. Guingona said.

Apart from the P9 million earmarked for road improvement projects in Bicol, Sen. Guingona has also allocated P200 thousand to help the medical needs of the indigent patients at the Bicol Medical Center. A memorandum of agreement is now being processed to facilitate the needs of the poor Bicolanos.

His medical and infrastructure assistance projects in various LGUs are part of his legislative agenda to uplift the lives of the Filipinos through good governance.

Sen. Guingona is currently in Bicol to speak before the 2012 graduating class of the University of Nueva Caceres in Naga City, the first university in Bicol. He will also visit the various infrastructure projects that he assisted in Bicol.

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