[ Manila Bulletin Online ] February 1, 2009
By BOY RYAN B. ZABAL
KALIBO, Aklan – Gov. Carlito Marquez said the provincial government will embark on a five-year program to implement "high-impact" projects which are expected to generate P1.525-billion revenues for the government from 2009 to 2013.
In his 5th State of the Province Address (SOPA) on Thursday, Marquez challenged all Aklanons to work together for prosperity and unity to cushion the economic slowdown now experienced by United States and European countries.
"As long as we are united, as long as our leaders are one in the task of developing our beloved province, we will succeed. Today, Aklan is alive; the economy is healthy and vibrant. Our province is bullish and has a very positive outlook," the governor stressed in his 85-minute address.
Marquez said the high-impact projects to be financed by the national government, private sectors and the provincial government will soften the adverse effects of the global financial crisis in the province.
The projects are expected to employ more than 12,000 skilled and unskilled workers, Marquez said.
Task Force Bangon Aklan also plans to reclaim the R800-million 100 hectares of foreshore property along the shoreline of Barangay Bachao Norte in Kalibo from the dredged materials along the silted Aklan River.