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Governors Corner
STATE OF THE PROVINCE ADDRESS

STATE OF THE PROVINCE ADDRESS

AKLAN GOVERNOR CARLITO S. MARQUEZ

4th REGULAR SESSION

AKLAN SANGGUNIANG PANLALAWIGAN

JANUARY 28, 2010

 

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            We,  aklanons,  are now first class.  For having attained and sustained an income of more than p350 million for the last four consecutive years,  our province may now be categorized as a first class province.  Ngani primero klase eon kita.  Class.  First class!

 

            And according to the department of the interior and local government,  aklan is excellent.

 

            In the 2009 annual evaluation of lgu’s in region vi conducted by the said department called excel or excellence in local governance awards,  aklan was first runner-up in administrative governance,  second only to Iloilo;  first runner-up in environmental management,  second only to negros occidental;  and 2nd runner-up in best performing province.

 

            And while we’re at it,  let me cite here the other firsts that our province had accomplished these many years: 

 

among the first provinces to sign a memorandum of understanding for philhealth coverage becoming a pilot province; 

 

first province in the Philippines to successfully complete a project,  the caticlan jetty port passenger terminal,  thru bond flotation,  listed in a book on lgu best practices in fiscal administration; 

 

among the first provinces to establish a very successful economic enterprise development program; 

 

the first province in region vi to have its provincial hospital computerized; 

 

first province in region vi to computerize its real property tax administration; 

 

the first province to have been given the privilege of operating a ppa (Philippine ports authority) port,  the caticlan port; 

 

first province to engage in a joint venture with a university (ASU) for the establishment of a nursing college; 

 

first province to implement a universal program for philhealth; 

 

first province to implement bridge financing with land bank for its hybrid rice production program.

 

            Abu pa,  pero gahaba ro listahan ag gahaba man rayang state of the province address. 

 

Ladies and gentlemen,  the state of the province is,  indeed financially healthy!

 

And for all that we have achieved,  we have our sangguniang panlalawigan to thank for,  for providing the legislative underpinnings that allowed us to either initiate,  implement,  and complete our programs of development.

 

Let me thank the honorable body for their 348 resolutions,  56 appropriation ordinances,  7 general ordinances,  and 10 special ordinances.

 

This, after 46 sessions,  6 special sessions,  228 committee hearings,  and one public hearing for our children’s code which was signed,  appropriately,  during the celebration of universal children’s day,  on November 20, 2009.

 

Add to this,  our sp’s enactment of our tourism code, investment code, and environment code.

 

            Thanks to the presiding officer, vice governor billie calizo quimpo,  thanks to our sp members,

 

from the eastern district:  

 

hon. Nemesio neron 

hon. Daisy briones

hon. Plaridel morania

hon. Rodson mayor

hon. Jean Rodriguez 

 

from the western district:

 

hon. Selwyn ibarreta

hon. Pedro Garcia

hon. Jose yap

hon. Gerick templonuevo

hon. Ramon gelito 

 

thanks to hon. Wilbert ariel igoy, Philippine councilor’s league president,  hon. Teody masangya, association of barangay captain president,  and hon. Jun rey tordecillas, sk president!

 

 

generating the funds

 

            We cannot deny that the dire predictions of the catastrophic effects of the global financial crisis had struck fear in our hearts and that,  in fact,  we felt the economic crunch here in our province.  But even compounded by the calamity brought by typhoon frank,  making it a double whammy,  we had overcome!

 

            naKabangon ro aklan.

 

            This is most obvious in the income collected by our cagban and caticlan jetty ports.  We had expected tourism to suffer the most from the worldwide economic downturn but,  thanks be to god,  with the skin of our teeth,  we were able to post a 7% or a p5.5 million increase in port income,  from p77 million in 2008 to p83 million in 2009.  This includes terminal,  rolling cargo,  rental,  berthing and docking, wharfage,  anchorage and other fees.

 

            Our tourism industry is still alive,  tourist arrivals in boracay island still increasing by 2% from 634,263 visitors in 2008 to 649,559 in 2009. 

 

            Thank you mr. niven maquirang,  jetty port administrator,  mr. solomon prado,  mrs. concepcion labindao and staff of caticlan and cagban jetty ports!

 

            as to other revenues,  our collection efficiency has not been greatly affected.

 

            From tax revenues in 2009 we collected p28.3 million,  4% lower than that of 2008 which was P29.6 million.

 

            However,  from non-tax revenues we earned p7.75 million higher by 115% than 2008’s which was only p3.6 million.

 

            A 10% increase in collections from sand,  gravel and other products was also achieved,  from p5 million in 2008 to p5.5 million in 2009.

 

            Our economic enterprise development department also registered an 8% increase in collections,  p171 million for 2008 against p185 million for 2009.

 

            On the whole,  therefore,  from the general fund and eedd collections,  we achieved a 12% increase or p75.6 million,  from p650.3 million in 2008 to p725.9 million in 2009.

 

            Thank you ms. Suzette pioquid,  provincial treasurer and staff!  thank you mr. rex VICTOR consemino of the economic enterprise and staff!  thank you engr. bernardo rodriguez, jr., engr. valentin teodosio and staff!

 

            our provincial assessor’s office for the year 2009 became a hall of famer for having been adjudged for thREe consecutive years as the most outstanding provincial assessment office in region vi (2007,  2008,  and 2009).

 

            This is mainly because of the office’s outstanding performance in its implementation of the real property tax administration system.

 

            It posted a 14% increase on its collection from various assessment transactions (land,  building,  and machinery),  from P7.5 million in 2008 to P8.7 million in 2009.

 

            Thanks to mr. kokoy soGuilon,  provincial assessor and staff!

 

Other growth indications

 

            Tax collection reflects the economic condition of a given time.  During a downturn in the economy,  a decrease in collection is to be expected.  Inversely,  in better times collection increases.

 

            Bir aklan reports that though a decrease in some taxes were noted,  on the whole,  their 2009 collection increased by p26.6 million or by 4.8%.  total collection for 2009 was p577.4 million compared to 2008’s p550.8 million.

 

            Thank you mr. Ricardo Osorio, oic-revenue district officer of bir and staff!

 

            In the business sector it is a mixture of bad and good news.  On the whole,  however, trade and industry in the province is surviving.

 

            Except for investments and exports that slowed down,   domestic sales and employment still posted positive growth in cy 2009 as compared to the previous year’s performance. 

 

Domestic sales for the period January to December 2009 reached P214.7 million or an increase of 10% over 2008’s recorded sales of P194.3 million. 

 

incremental employment for cy 2009 likewise increased by 92% (8,986 persons employed) compared to the previous year’s performance of 4,686.  Employment was greatly beefed up by the two flagship programs:  DTI-OTOP (one town one product) and DTI-CLEEP (comprehensive livelihood emergency employment program) that generated employment provincewide.

 

            Total incremental investments for the period amounted to p305.5 million or 75% of the previous year’s record of p408.8 million.  though there were more business name registrants this year,  their aggregate investments are smaller (P296.6 million) compared to 2008’s that reported investments of P392.3 million.  likewise,  micro small and medium enterprises in the priority sectors invested conservatively this year with an incremental investment of p8 million as compared to 2008’s  p13.6 million.

 

            Export sales for cy 2009 significantly decreased by 72% over 2008.  2009 exports only reached $119,600 vis-a-vis last year’s $428,100.  exports on nitocrafts decreased by 78%.  But we are confident that export sales will improve in 2010 when the world economy recovers.

 

            Thank you provincial director diosdado cadena, jr. of dti and staff!    

 

allocating the funds: the 2010 annual budget

 

            Our growth as a province has necessitated more funds for more projects and programs,  thus the considerable increase in our annual budget,  15.22% for our general fund,  from p483.9 million in 2009 to p557.6 million for 2010.

 

            The economic enterprise development department also required p392 million for the calendar year 2009,  19.86% higher than 2008’s p327.25 million.

 

            Thus our 2010 total budget of p950 million. maintaining our no. 3 rank in region vi in budget size,  after negros occidental and Iloilo.

 

            Thank you mrs. Grace macahilas,  provincial budget officer and staff!  Thank you mrs. Ma. Victoria salido,  mrs. Suzette pioquid,  and all the members of the local finance committee who made this possible.

 

            In line with our youth development programs which should include the betterment of our educational system, we had continued our Provincial government college scholarship program.  For the year 2009 we have 913 scholars in the program which cost the province P7 million.

 

            The perennial lack of teachers and  inadequate classrooms and facilities have always been a problem so that the provincial government in partnership with the DepEd and utilizing special education funds continued the hiring of provincial school board teachers now numbering 132 whose wages amounted to P8.4 million in 2009.

 

            The DepEd family continues to be a major role player in our province’s development efforts.

 

            Be it a provincial or national government program we rely heavily on DepEd manpower:  in nutrition,  sports,  tax campaign,  environment,  health,  beautification – name it,  the DepEd is into it.

 

            This is why we never pass any opportunity to help our division office.

 

            Thank you,  dr. victorina laroza of DepEd and staff!  Saeamat gid sa atong mga maestra ag mga maestro!

 

 

The accounting office

 

            TAKing charge of both the accounting and internal audit services of the province,  the provincial accounting office for the year 2009 had effectively discharged its mandated functions and helped this administration in making financial decisions geared towards the continued progress and development of the province.

 

            FOR CALENDAR year 2009,  the province,  thru the provincial accounting office,  received a total of P38.8 million grant from various government agencies and institutions intended for the implementation of specific programs and projects.

 

            Ladies and gentlemen,  as per the accounting office’s initial computation of the result of operations for the calendar year 2009,  eedd and general fund proper combined,  we will be posting a net income of p72.9 million.

 

the strong financial position of the province also afforded the payment of benefits to our provincial employees and officials which amounted to p14 million as well as the release of financial assistance to lgus,  national government agencies,  non-governmental organizations,  people’s organizations,  individuals in crisis situations and to qualified provincial scholars with more than p55.5 million takeN from cy 2009’s appropriations.

 

            the LGU guarantee corporation,  which approved the guarantee application of the province for this bond flotation,  in conducting its internal credit screening and rating process,  gave the province a credit rating of a:  good credit standing.  This is an investment grade rating which means that the province of aklan offers a high degree of safety with regard to timely payment of financial obligations.  Indeed,  aklan has shown the private investment sector that lgus such as aklan is worth the amount of investments that they put in not just because of the sound fiscal management but more importantly,  because of the viability of projects that we are implementing.  

 

            Thank you ms. ma. Victoria salido, provincial accountant and staff!

 

 

Agriculture

 

            with 54% of our province’s total land area of 181,816 hectares or 97,563 hectares of it devoted to agriculture,  agricultural modernization and increased production remain a major focus of our administration.

 

            Thus our continued implementation of national programs for agriculturE:  rice (hybrid,  inbred,  commercial),  high-value commercial crops (corn,  mango,  other fruits and vegetables),  integrated pest management or kasalikasan,  palayamanan/kabuhayan,  natural farming system,  abaca production,  modified rapid composting and fisheries.

 

            The trend in rice production  from 2005 to 2009 shows a 14.62% jump from 129,318 metric tons in 2008 when typhoon frank inundated our rice fields to 148,222 metric tons in 2009.

 

            Our hearts and the hearts of our long-suffering farmers are filled with the hope that with the continued implementation of hybrid rice development and other rice programs we will be able not only to survive pests and climate change but attain new heights in the production of the staple.

 

            And so we have pursued our certified and hybrid seeds distribution and planting.

 

            The department of agriculture had provided our province farm inputs and equipment worth p29.7 million,  and the p10 million grant for farm-to-market roads was used for concreting instead of just gravelling which do not last.

 

            Both the department of agriculture and the national agriculture and fisheries council extended to our farmers p503,000 as assistance for livelihood programs.

 

            for our fishery resource management projects and livelihood assistance The bureau of fisheries and aquatic resources also contributed p3.4 million.

 

            Extension support is a critical component of any agricultural program thus for the year 2009 we conducted in various municipalities 21 farmers field schools,  53 palay check field schools,  technodemos,  and pest and diseases monitoring,  thru the organization of barangay bantay peste volunteer brigades.

 

            our rice sufficiency level now stands at 117.8% and so,  while consuming 63,313.61 metric tons of our total production of 95,841.08 metric tons for 2009,  we remain a “rice-exporting” province,  complementing the rice needs of our other provinces with our excess rice.

 

            The upward trend in our corn production is also very encouraging.  From only 189 metric tons in 2004 it is 1,554 metric tons in 2009,  a seven-fold rise.  We attribute this to our support,  both financial and technological,  for our corn farmers,  such as the regular and hybrid corn seed subsidy program.

 

            Also,  the DA,  in line with its typhoon rehabilitation program,  had contributed to this increased production with its allocation of urea fertilizer for corn planters.

 

            In line with our vegetable production program we conducted the yearly vegetable productivity contest and the gulayan sa paaralan which is also a component of our nutrition program.

 

            First place winner was mr. ricky de mateo who received p20,000.  Second and third with p15,000 and p10,000 prizes went to mr. nestor cesar of kalibo and wilson rey of numancia, respectively.

 

            Through the efforts of fida aklan,  228 jobs were generated and 120.75 hectares were planted to abaca in the municipalities of libacao,  balete,  banga,  ibajay and madalag

 

            Due to the outbreak of the abaca mosaic disease our production suffered a 15% decrease,  from 1,724,392 kilograms in 2008 to only 1,461,292 in 2009.  With the assistance of fiber industrial development authority (FIDA),  however,  the infestation had been controlled and we look towards the continued expansion of our abaca program.

 

            in the area of fisheries we continued to implement our fishery development programs such as the establishment of concrete artificial reefs,  fish enhancing devices,  techno demo on aquasilviculture,  pilot testing on sea cucumber culture project,  freshwater tilapia culture in cage project,  municipal tilapia hatchery,  river rehabilitation and mangrove reforestation project.

 

            Thank you  regional executive director  larry nacionales, regional technical director for operation remelyn recoter!  thank you mr. William Castillo,  ms. salome david and staff of the office of the provincial agriculturist!   Thank you ms. cecilia soriano, FIDA ADMINISTRATOR;  ms. zelenia dalida, fida provincial officer and staff!  thank you bfar regional director drusila esther bayate,  BFAR provincial director may guanco and staff! 

 

            NFA-aklan has continued to effectively discharge its functions thru its palay procurement,  rice distribution,  milling,  and dispersal programs for the year 2009.

 

            It has also implemented the hunger mitigation program of the president and the food for school program of the DepEd and the DSWd.

 

            Thank you engr. Marianito bejemino of nfa and staff! 

 

other agricultural concerns

 

            our office of the provincial veterinarian has continued its implementation of programs as varied as cattle production and meat trading,  goat production,  forage and pasture development,  animal health programs,  rabies prevention and control,  swine dispersal,  animal breeding,  and veterinary quarantine and regulatory services.

 

            For 2009,  81 barangays in various municipalities had been covered by our artificial insemination program.

 

            For our cattle-breeding and fattening program at calangcang, makato 21 calves were produced in 2009.

 

            We have continued to implement Our goat program while our forage and pasture project with an original area of 3.5 hectares was expanded by 4 hectares in 2009.

 

            As to our animal health program we have continued to successfully prevent the entry in the province of dreaded diseases such as the avian influenza which wrought great damage in other areas.  This we attribute to our effective quarantine services in our various ports of entry.

 

            Under our rabies prevention and control program a total of 4,964 dogs were vaccinated in 2009.

 

            Thru our comprehensive livelihood emergency employment program or cleep we also distributed piglets.

 

            Thank you dr. gervase radislao, provincial veterinarian and staff!

 

            Our provincial agrarian reform office has not only implemented P205.5 million worth of infrastructure projects:  bridges,  farm-to-market roads,  irrigation systems.

 

            Dar-aklan has not only nurtured and continued to nurture our presently 14 agrarian reform communities by facilitating land acquisition and distribution (370 hectares for 2009),  leasehold contracts (80 hectares for 2009),  and the redocumentation of collectiVE certificateS of land ownership awards (211 hectares for 2009).

            It has not only pursued its other basic social systems delivery like feeding programs.

 

            Our paro has involved itself in gad or gender and development,  facilitating a two-day planning activity entitled gad and vaw:  dar aklan’s response to eliminate violence against women and setting the gad operational plans for 2010.

 

            May I note here that of the 390 hectares distributed by dar aklan in 2009,  1.3 hectares came from barangay agbanawan, banga,  Under dar’s voluntary land transfer program

 

            Thank you paro,  atty. Daniel martelino of dar,  our municipal agrarian reform officers or the maros and staff! 

 

In 2009, the Aklan-Capiz Irrigation Management Office of the National Irrigation Administration has spent a total of P31.4 million for various irrigation projects in the province including the Panakuyan-San Jose Augmentation, Aklan-Panakuyan Irrigation System and Panakuyan-San Jose Integrated Project in Ibajay, and the Aklan River Irrigation System that will serve our farmers in the municipalities of Banga, Kalibo, New Washington, Lezo, Madalag, Malinao, Numancia and Makato. Communal Irrigation Systems and Communal Irrigation Projects were also constructed to benefit our farmers in Altavas, Tangalan, Buruanga, Libacao, Malay and Nabas.

 

The Irrigation System Operation Efficiency Improvement Project or ISOEIP, a program to be funded by the Asian Development Bank, shall start this 2010. With initial funding of P500 million for the 3-year program, the project will insure a year-round supply of irrigation water to our rice-producing towns.

 

The project is endorsed by the Regional Development Council (RDC) to rehabilitate irrigation facilities and to improve agricultural productivity in the barangays under the Irrigation System Operation Efficiency Improvement Project of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

 

ISOEIP is a government strategy stated in Medium Term Development Plan 2004-2010 that aims to reduce rural poverty, increase agricultural productivity and enhance food security.

 

            Thank you engr. Rizalo concepcion of nia and staff!

 

            In 2009, 2,160 hectares of our agricultural land were planted to or replanted with coconuts under  Republic Act 8048 (Coconut Preservation Act of 1995) specifically,  the Participatory Coconut Planting Project (PCPP) Community Assistance Rehabilitation Effort (CARE) in which our Provincial Government has given a counterpart of P3 million. A total of 149,630 seedlings were planted and 1,808 coconut farmers were benefited.

 

Under the PCPP, farmers get a P30 incentive for every coconut seedling planted in their own land.

 

            Free fertilizers were also provided for our farmers totaling 3,871 bags in which 94,525 coconut trees were fertilized.

 

            2,072 farmers benefited from the distribution of free corn seeds and bio-fertilizers. The PCA also gave technical assistance for the raising of livestocks wherein 998 farmers took advantage. 

 

            THANK YOU, MRS. PLEVY REYES RACO OF PCA AND STAFF!

 

infrastructure

 

            the PEO has implemented and completed projects amounting to a total of p96 million in 2009 compared to year 2008’s p92.3 million.

 

            P65.3 million was allocated for the construction,  repair,  and rehabilitation of public buildings,  hospitals,  schools,  billboards and signages,  perimeter fences,  housing projects,  and multi-purpose buildings.

 

            FOR THE concreting,  improvement,  repair,  and rehabilitation of our provincial,  municipal,  and barangay roads and bridges,  a total of p14.5 million was spent.

 

            P16.3 million  went to other infrastructure projects,  such as construction of drainage canals,  flood control structures,  installation of water supply systems,  various improvement and maintenance works,  and other such projects.

 

            Various other projects with an appropriation of p119 million are on-going,  such as the construction and improvement of aklan sports complex at calangcang, makato;  the improvement of the provincial capitol main building;  and the construction of the provincial capitol annex building.

 

            Thank you engr. Victory m. Fernandez, provincial engineer and all the staff!  Job well done!

 

banga-madalag bridge

 

            an old dream coming into realization is the bridge that shall,  at long last,  connect madalag to the rest of our towns.

 

            December last year we had the ground-breaking ceremonies for the project which at 198.12 lineal meters shall cost about P80 million.

            Mr. tEd “nonong” TUMBOCON haresco  has included it in the president’s bridge program and so aklan will only be allocating p10 million as counterpart.

 

            the bridge will enhance the flow of goods and  services from madalag and shall be a major component of our farm-to-market road network.

 

            Thank you Mr. Ted “Nonong” Haresco!  Thank you congressman joeben miraflores!

 

            As one of the infrastructure arms of our province,  the aklan engineering district of the department of public works and highways for 2009 had initiated,  continued the implementation,  or completed projects in the amount of p255 million For the construction,  rehabilitation and upgrading of roads;  for the construction, rehabilitation and upgrading of farm-to-market roads; for the construction and rehabilitation of school buildings;  for the construction and rehabilitation of multi-purpose buildings and pavements; for the construction of bridges and drainage;  for the construction and rehabilitation of public market (Ibajay);  for the construction,  rehabilitation and improvement of water systems;   and for the construction and rehabilitation of flood control structures.

 

            These do not include the libacao road network project from which a total of P200 million had been released of which p160 million had already been disbursed.

 

            Thank you congressman joeben miraflores,  thank you engr. Roberto cabigas of dpwh and staff!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health

 

            Our eight hospitals,  led by our provincial hospital,  the dr. Rafael s. tumbokon memorial hospital,  has continued to provide the medical services required by our constituents,  particularly our low-income sector who are reeling from the continued rise in medical costs.

 

            For the year 2009 we have provided free medicines worth p4.8 million to 7,889 indigent patients and financial assistance in the total amount of p7.8 million to more than 5,000 patients.

 

            In our anti-rabies services we have subsidized the treatment of 718 patients costing p514,710.

 

            In 2009,  the drstmh admitted 19,376 patients and provided consultation services to 59,355.

 

            We have also extended help to our senior citizens providing p3.7 million worth of discounts to more than 4,000 elderlies,   inpatient and outpatient.

 

            In 2009,  we organized via executive order no. 30,  the aklan tuberculosis council.  Though we have substantially decreased mortality from tb there still remains a need to protect our gainS in the area.

 

            in our continuing and determined efforts to improve our health care services delivery system is the provincewide investment plan for health or the piph which our provincial health office with the help of our other provincial departments put together and which we presented to a panel composed of representatives from the department of health,  foreign donors, and other funding agencies in Makati city.  Among the provinces that made similar presentations we came out on top with an “a” rating.

 

            And thus for the five-year plan the province of aklan shall implement a p1.044 billion health program footing only 27% of the bill.

 

            The upgrading of health facilities and equipment will involve among others,  the expansion of the drstmh to a 250-bed hospital with comprehensive emergency obstetrics neonatal care and other specialized clinics,  the upgrading of the ibajay district hospital from 25- to 50-bed capacity while the altavas district hospital and our five other hospitals will similarly be improved.

 

            for 2009 we will be granted a total of p24 million.  P10 million for the renovation of the don ciriaco tirol municipal hospital at boracay island,  p5 million for the repair of our ct scan at the drstmh,  p5 million for the purchase of an x-ray machine,  p3.2 million for the family health program,  and p1.1 million for maternal,  child health and nutrition program. 

 

            From 2010,  we will start construction of hospital infrastructures.

 

            Thank you department of health and foreign funding agencies! THANK YOU drs. Emma cortes and victor santamaria!  Thanks also to the chiefs of our eight hospitals, namely: dr. paul macahilas,  dr. Julius Gonzales,  dr. mary jean gelito, dr. michelle depakakibo, dr. roy pareñas, dr. mary grace tumaca, dr. johnbard maypa, and dr. Edwin ilarina!  Thanks to our rhu doctors and personnel!  Thanks to our other hospital workers,  our nurses,  attendants,  volunteers  and other personnel!

 

PhilHealth

 

            In line with our special concern for our less fortunate aklanons,  the congressional district office and the provincial government sustained our universal program for philHealth.

 

            This is designed to provide coverage for aklanons not included in the regular program where the provincial government counterparts 30% of premiums and the municipality,  70%.

 

            The universal program now has facilitated philhealth benefits for 24,560 households while the regular program has 32,273 cardholders.

 

            philhealth has invited us to attend their “pasasalamat sa partners”,  in celebration of their 15th anniversary in manila on February 12, 2010 where aklan, for the second time,  will receive an award for implementing the universal coverage program.

 

            Thank you mr. j’roel del Rosario of philhealth and staff!

 

Tourism

 

WE CONTINUE TO LOOK TO TOURISM AS ONE SPRINGBOARD TO OUR ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, BRINGING REVENUES TO GOVERNMENT AND LIVELIHOOD SOURCES TO OUR PEOPLE.

TOURIST ARRIVALS IN THE ISLAND OF BORACAY MANAGED TO SQUEAK A 2.3% INCREASE, FROM 634,263 IN 2008 TO 649,559 IN 2009 of which 192,873 are foreign tourists;  432,271, domestic;  and 24,415, overseas Filipino tourists,  bringing in a total of p11.9 billion in tourist revenues.

ONE INDICATION OF THe UPTREND in tourism IS THE INCREASE OF INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL FLIGHTS IN OUR TWO AIRPORTS.

CATICLAN AIRPORT IN 2009 REGISTERED 17,988 FLIGHTS; and 550,084 PASSENGERS,  256,458 of which are incoming passengers – 96,585 foreign; 145,505 domestic;  and 14,388 OFW passengers.

KALIBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT REGISTERED 5,203 DOMESTIC FLIGHTS AND 360 REGIONAL FLIGHTS IN 2009 MORE THAN DOUBLE THAT OF YEAR 2008 WHICH IS 2,171 AND 132 RESPECTIVELY.

IN 2009, INBOUND PASSENGERS FOR DOMESTIC FLIGHTS NUMBERED 360,265 WHILE INBOUND PASSENGERS FOR REGIONAL FLIGHTS TALLIED 20,608 COMPARED TO 2008’S 183,110 INBOUND DOMESTIC PASSENGERS AND 12,411 INBOUND REGIONAL PASSENGERS.

OUTBOUND DOMESTIC PASSENGERS REGISTERED 377,177 AND OUTBOUND REGIONAL PASSENGERS WERE 20,809 IN 2009. A MUCH HIGHER NUMBER COMPARED TO ONLY 191,685 OUTBOUND DOMESTIC PASSENGERS AND 12,839 OUTBOUND REGIONAL PASSENGERS OF 2008.

 

For the project that was initiated in 2006, Her Excellency Gloria Macapagal Arroyo led the capsule-laying ceremonies of the P2.5 billion Caticlan airport development project last January 15, 2010.

 

The 25-year build-operate-transfer project involves the widening and extension of the Caticlan Airport runway, construction of 9,200 square meters new two-storey passenger terminal building, and the installation of navigation and air traffic control facilities.

 

Upon completion of the newly developed Caticlan airport in the next 7 years, tourism, business and livelihood activities are expected to increase in Boracay Island and in Aklan and open the doors to new destinations in the province for tourists.

It will mean more tourists and revenues, more funds for poverty-alleviation projects, scholarships for the poor and deserving youth and more opportunities for indigents to break away from the perpetual cycle of poverty, hence, the Caticlan airport development project is not only another springboard for our tourism industry but for our general economic development.

 

Thru congressman miraflores’ efforts the expansion and improvement of the kalibo international airport continued.

 

            100% complete is the improvement of the access road.  Phase I of the international passenger terminal building is also 100% finished.  Phase ii is now 86% complete while also on-going is phase iii.

 

            The asphalt overlay of the runway is 74.63% complete.

 

            The international flights accommodated by kalibo international airport are the once-a-week flight of Philippine airlines and the two (2) times a week flights of china airlines to Taipei,  Taiwan.  ZestAir,  on the other hand,  has regular flights to incheon,  south korea four (4) times a week.

 

            Some of the international airlines that previously landed at kalibo international airport were Korean air,  pacific pearl airways,  TransAsia airways,  and shanghai airlines.

 

Thank you engr. Percy malonesio, kalibo international airport manager and staff!  thank you MS. ma. mecine torres, manager OF GODOFREDO P. RAMOS CATICLAN AIRPORT AND STAFF!

 

TO PROMOTE AKLAN’S TOURIST ATTRACTIONS, WE PARTICIPATED IN THE 20TH PHILIPPINE TRAVEL MART AT SM MEGATRADE HALL, MANDALUYONG CITY. THE EXPO AIMS TO PROMOTE AND SHOWCASE TOP PHILIPPINE TOURIST AND TRAVEL DESTINATIONS AROUND THE ARCHIPELAGO AND THE WORLD.

LAST YEAR, WE CONDUCTED THE AKLAN REGREENING AND BEAUTIFICATION PROGRAM. FOR THIS PROMOTIONAL UNDERTAKING, WE HAVE LAUNCHED A CONTEST TO BE PARTICIPATED in BY THE BARANGAYS AND RESIDENTS ALONG THE ROUTE.  WE HAVE RELEASED FUNDS FOR SUBSIDIES AND FOR GARDEN TOOLS.  SMALL INVESTMENT FOR TOURISM AND THE ENVIRONMENT.  THE PROGRAM WAS INTENDED TO REHABILITATE OUR PROVINCIAL ROADS AND HIGHWAYS DAMAGED BY TYPHOON FRANK. IT ALSO SERVES AS AN ATTRACTION FOR TOURISTS GOING TO BORACAY AND FOR THOSE WHO TRAVEL ALONG THE RORO NAUTICAL HIGHWAY.

WE HAVE ALSO LAUNCHED THE FIRST EVER CONCERT AT THE PARK. IT IS THE DESIRE OF OUR PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE ENTERTAINMENT TO OUR CONSTITUENTS, TO ENHANCE AND SHOWCASE THE AKLANON CULTURE AND TO ENCOURAGE APPRECIATION OF OUR LOCAL SONGS AND DANCES AND AT THE SAME TIME, GIVE OPPORTUNITY FOR OUR LOCAL ARTISTS TO SHINE AND DEVELOP THEIR TALENTS.

THANK YOU, MS. ROSELLE QUIMPO RUIZ, MS. MANOLITA ACEVEDO,  ms. vicky ramos-antonino of the provincial tourism office and staff!

 

            Towards the protection and conservation of our environment and natural resources,  our aklan environment and national resources office had initiated projects such as the proposed provincial materials recovery facility with composting technology to be located at lalab, batan.  The technology was developed by the department of science and technology.

 

            Our akenro was also a member of the provincial technical working group which crafted the environmental code of aklan.

 

            Thank you engr. John Kenneth almalbis and staff!

            For the year 2009,  the denr thru its penro and cenro continued its programs under the forestry sector;  the land management sector;  the protected areas,  wildlife,  and coastal zone management sector;  and other projects like the upland development program (udp) where a total of 450 hectares were fully planted and benefitted 450 families and five peoples’ organizations.

 

            Thanks to mr. Antonio luis, PENRO KALIBO;  mr. baltazar Gerardo, CENRO KALIBO;  ms. merlene aborka, cenro boracay of denr and staff!          

 

PROCUREMENT

 

            For the year 2009,  strictly following the revised implementing rules and regulations of republic act 9184 or the government procurement reform act,  our provincial general services office facilitated the purchase of office supplies and equipment,  furniture,  fixtures,  drugs,  medicines,  medical,  dental and laboratory supplies and equipment for our eight hospitals and twenty-two provincial and national government offices IN THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF P113 MILLION.

 

            thank you,  miss medelia solanoy, provincial general services officer and staff!

 

Human resource management

 

            For the year 2009,  our human resource and management office facilitated the usual evaluation of applicants and the processing of the appointment papers of appointees.  

 

            It has effectively maintained close coordination with the provincial office of the civil service commission and facilitated the continued training of personnel.

 

            A landmark in appointments processing was achieved with the civil service commission’s grant of authority to lgu aklan to approve appointments pursuant to c.s. resolution no. 090775.

 

            thank you Mrs. Ellen Tolentino, provincial human resource and management officer and staff!

 

            thank you ms. evelyn ejar of the csc-aklan!

 

sports

 

            IT’S not that it is the most convenient excuse nowadays but the unfortunate truth is that the sudden and unpredictable changes in the weather consequent of climate change,  has wreaked our time frame for the completion of our sports complex at calangcang,  makato.  Thus the need to postpone the 2010 west visayas athletic association meet to march 14 to 19, 2010 instead of February, 2010.

 

            In the sports scene we continue to implement a boxing program involving the conduct of tournaments in our various municipalities. Also ongoing are monthly age group competitions in chess,  taekwando,  athletics,  table tennis,  and lawn tennis.

 

            Mira mirano of jumarap, banga  won the gold medal in chess and young boxers macky delfin of ibajay,  noriel pellio of nabas,  and raymund salmingo of malay brought home gold medals from the 2009 west visayas athletic meet making aklan region vi champion in boxing.

 

            In the asean age group chess championship in Vietnam mira mirano placed third in the girls 12 under category.

 

            thank you mr. fred neri and staff!

Integrated population and development programs

 

            Aklan’s successful implementation of the responsible parenting movement and natural family planning (RPM & NFP) programs contributed to region vi’s accomplishment as a national awardee on best practices on responsible parenting movement and natural family planning.   

 

To date,  our ppo has trained a total of 5,584 couples in 316 barangays of 17 lgus.

 

a total of 482 pre-marriage counseling (pmc) sessions were conducted to 1,537 couples in partnership with the 17 lgus.

 

            Due to THIS exemplary performance AKLAN was the only province in region vi which was granted funding assistance by the national government for the men’s responsibilities in gender and development (mr gad) program.

 

            This 2009,  our adolescent health and youth development program (ahydp) gained national prominence.  This is manifested by our membership to the inter-agency council on drug abuse prevention education (dape) under the dangerous drugs board as well as the participation of our focal person as resource speaker during the anti-drug youth camp and trainers’ training on dape on November 6-8, 2009 at gabaldon,  nueva ecija.

 

            Thank you mr. Arturo teodosio, jr. provincial population officer and staff!

 

 

Planning and development

 

            WE have to thank the ppdo for their completion of our provincial development and physical framework plan (pdpfp) and for being the first province in the Philippines to submit the same to the neda. 

 

For this the regional development council of region vi has passed resolution no. 58,  series of 2009 entitled “appreciating the province of aklan and iloilo for having completed one hundred percent of the draft provincial development and physical framework plan”.

 

            Aside from this signal honor,  our ppdo for the year 2009 had worked on the provincial investment program,  spearheaded the endorsement for the banga-madalag bridge for inclusion in the president’s bridge program and the revival of the panay railway system.

 

            As secretariat of the aklan river development council it has assisted the council in its continued study of our river systems which have become more urgent because of the climate change and the imminent dangers from flood.

 

            The council,  under the leadership of our hardworking and tireless public servant,  former congressman attY. Allen salas quimpo,  as executive director had completed the profiling and characterization of two river systems in 2009,  jal-o river in balete and the tangalan river.  It conducted geohazard assessment and inception of flood mitigation of aklan river in cooperation with denr-mgb,  manila office and the la salle institute for the environment (life).  the council also installed rainfall monitoring stations in the municipalities of altavas,  libacao,  ibajay and kalibo considering the need to enhance our data banking for rainfall monitoring.  The aklan rivers development council right now is coordinating for technical assistance with the world bank in the completion of the preparation of a comprehensive and integrated master plan of our aklan river system and water shed areas.

            Under the gAd program,  the ppdo had strengthened the move-aklan chapter congress,  into one of the most active chapters in the country today.

 

            Thank you engr. Roger esto,  provincial planning and development coordinator and staff!  THANK YOU ATTY. ALLEN S. QUIMPO,  dedicated executive director of the aklan rivers development council!

 

 

Employment services and generation

 

            Due to the growing awareness of the services of our provincial employment services office or peso and the acute need for jobs due to the closure of many companies and the general slowdown of business because of the global financial crisis,  about 13,312 jobseekers had sought the assistance of the office in 2009 compared to the 5,287 in 2008.

 

            Peso facilitated the hiring of 1,123 aklanons for local employment AND 88 FOR OVERSEAS work.  Others are still scheduled for deployment.

 

            For the special program for the employment of students or spes a summer job 250 students were employed.

 

            The congressional district office under congressman florencio t. miraflores and the provincial government co-sponsored a mega job fair on may 10, 2009.

 

            THANK YOU,  ms. Vivian Solano and staff!

 

            The aklan provincial office of tesda or technical education and skills development authority has continued to be an active and effective partner in our efforts to develop manpower and livelihood generation.

            for cy 2009,  it has trained 3,806 aklanons thru its four training venues:  school-based,  center-based,  community-based and enterprise-based.

 

            Under tesda-aklan’s scholarship programs,  the pangulong Gloria scholarship program and the private education student financial assistance (pesfa) 1,563 underwent training last year.

 

            Aside from free training,  the scholars received p60 per day as training support fund.

 

            in its assessment and certification program,  there were 4,068 technical-vocational graduates and industry workers who underwent competency assessment.  Of this number,  3,404 or 84 percent passed and were granted their certificates of competency (coc) and/or national certificate (nc) in their respective qualifications.

 

            Thank you mr. Edwin Villanueva of tesda and staff!

 

            As a major complementor of our job generation efforts dole aklan has facilitated the hiring of 147 nurses under the nurse assigned in rural service/schools (nars) project who were deployed to our municipalities.

 

            Dole-aklan provided jobs to 752 student-beneficiaries under the special program for the employment of students or spes.

 

            Dole-aklan has also provided emergency employment for 150 distressed workers under the comprehensive livelihood emergency employment program.

 

            Thank you mr. joselito dela banda of dole and staff!

 

Cooperativism

           

            Tasked to promote and develop cooperativism in the province,  the provincial cooperative office has continued to provide varied assistance to our cooperatives,  financial as well as technical.

 

            It has conducted trainings for membership education,  simple bookkeeping and accounting,  and basic cooperative management.

 

            The pco had successfully nurtured the provincial government employees development cooperative (pgedeco) from an original 40 members to the 551 that it has now,  from a capital of p9,000 in 2007 to the p1,510,110 that it presently manages,  extending salary loans,  and engaging in rice- and meat-trading.

 

            Thank you,  ms. lilian rey,  provincial cooperative officer and staff!  thank you mr. jones arrieta of cooperative development authority and staff!

 

 

Social welfare and development

 

            Our PSWDO continue to implement its youth development program thru the pag-asa youth association of the Philippines and the out-of-school youth programs.

 

            This year 75 members of the aklan pyap attended the 27th regional encampment at san jose, antique while 35 were extended livelihood assistance.

 

            In the area of day care,  the office,  in coordination with the dswd vi,  conducted a state of the art review of our day care program involving 430 workers in our 423 day care centers.  Our day care workers are our modern heroes,  too.  For only a p500 to p1,000 monthly honorarium they serve a total of 11,404 pre-schoolers.  this is why the provincial government had obliged with year-end incentives of p1,500 each.

 

            Under the 4p’s or the pantawid pamilyang Pilipino program,  a poverty reduction strategy,  libacao and madalag were selected as beneficiaries, with the possible inclusion of buruanga and balete,  and later,  altavas and malinao.  More than p13 million had been disbursed to 7,525 beneficiaries,  with no less than president Gloria macapagal-arroyo handing out the assistance during her august 7 visit to libacao last year.

 

            Our daeangpan it kababayen-an or women’s center continue to serve as an asylum for abused women and children.

 

            And as we love our children we also love our elders.  In this year’s budget are allocations for death aid for our senior citizens and a monthly honorarium for the officers of the provincial federation.

 

            We shall also be creating a provincial senior citizens’ council. 

 

            to the fire victims of the October 31, 2009 fire in kalibo,  the provincial government allocated and released p1,002,500.  The check was turned over to the municipal treasurer.

 

            Thank you,  mrs. Elma malbas, provincial social welfare and development officer and staff!

 

            for the year 2009, Dswd-aklan assisted in the implementation of the 4p’s program,  the sea-K,  the katas ng vat,  the tindahan natin,  and other social welfare and development programs and initiated the national housEHOLD targeting system for poverty reduction,  a data base identifying the poor and where they are located.

 

            Thank you, ms. janet calizo of dswd and staff!

 

REHABILITATION OF PRISONERS

 

            For 2009,  our aklan rehabilitation center conducted a face-lift of its facilities,  repainting its buildings.

 

            For its rehabilitation efforts,  the aklan rehabilitation center conducted skills training for inmates on handicraft in coordination with the department of trade and industry,  held a basketball tournament,  and regular counseling services by religious groups.

 

            Thank you,  warden Cristito angob and staff!

 

 

PEACE AND ORDER

 

            The peace and order situation is one of the things that our province is proud of.

 

            As a province with one of the lowest crime rate,  we thank our aklan police provincial office under police senior superintendent epifanio bragais and the 12th infantry (lick “em) battalion,  3rd infantry division of the Philippine army under lt. col. Henry dar.

 

            The aklan police provincial office has implemented the integrated patrol system composed of the fixed,  mobile and auxiliary components. to further enhance police visibility barangay peacekeeping action teams have been maintained province-wide.

 

            The crime volume of 2,508 incidents is a way lower than the national average.

 

            On illegal drugs,  20 positive operations were conducted in 2009 in which 20 drug pushers/users were arrested.

 

            Constant and effective control of illegal gambling is one reason for the lower crime rate.  As we all know,  gambling is one root of crime.

 

            On the whole,  therefore,  aklan is one of the most peaceful provinces of the country.

 

            Thank you, pssupt. Epifanio bragais, jr., provincial director and the pnp!  Thank you, lt. col. Henry dar, battalion commander and the Philippine army!  saeamat gid sa atong mga pulis ag mga soldado.

 

 

public safety and emergency

 

            Our provincial disaster coordinating council,  renamed provincial public safety and emergency management office,  had continued itS various training programs for disaster preparedness and management,  drug abuse,  and rescue operations.

 

            With the extreme weather consequent of climate change,  the ppsemo has played a more marked role before and after calamities.

 

            thank you, 2lt. pepito ruiz and staff!

Future plans and programs

 

UNDER A UNITED LEADERSHIP WE WILL CONTINUE TO PURSUE OUR TWIN DEVELOPMENT THRUSTS, TOURISM AND AGRICULTURE. MORE THAN 40% of AKLANONS DEPEND ON AGRICULTURE FOR THEIR LIVELIHOOD. IT IS OUR ASPIRATION THAT THEIR LIVES IMPROVE THROUGH INCREASED AGRICULTURAL PRODUCTION.

 

WE WILL CONTINUE OUR PROGRAMS IN HYBRID AND IN-BRED SEEDS PROPAGATION, DISTRIBUTION AND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO OUR PALAY FARMERS. FOR 2010 OUR TARGET IS 600 HECTARES COVERAGE  WITH TEN THOUSAND FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE PER HECTARE. WITH THIS PROJECT, WE ARE EXPECTING AN INCREASED YIELD PER HECTARE HENCE, INCREASED INCOME.

 

ASIDE FROM MANGO, PLANTING OF OTHER HIGH-VALUE CROPS WILL BE PURSUED LIKE COCOA. INVESTORS HAVE BEEN VISITING OUR PROVINCE THESE LAST FEW MONTHS AND THEY ARE INTERESTED IN PUTTING UP A PROCESSING PLANT FOR COCOA. FOR 2010, WE ARE TARGETING 200 HECTARES COCOA PLANTATION.  WITH THE VARIETY THAT WE WILL BE PLANTING, THE FARMERS COULD HARVEST IN EIGHTEEN MONTHS TIME. WET   COCOA BEANS NOW COST P23.00/KG. THIS WILL HELP OUR UPLAND FARMERS AT THE SAME TIME MITIGATE THE EFFECTS OF CLIMATE CHANGE AS WE ARE REFORESTING OUR WATERSHEDS.

 

FOR ABACA PRODUCTION, WE ARE TARGETING ANOTHER 125 HECTARES FOR THIS YEAR. THIS WOULD GENERATE 375 ADDITIONAL JOBS. THIS IS IN ADDITION TO THE 426 HECTARES WHICH WERE PLANTED FROM 2006-2009. FOR THIS PERIOD WE WERE ABLE TO GENERATE 852 JOBS.  WE WANT TO INCREASE OUR FIBER PRODUCTION TO BE ABLE TO ESTABLISH A PULP MILL source of additional income for our farmers.

 

we will continue the rehabilitation of OUR COCONUT PLANTATIONS IN PARTNERSHIP WITH the PHILIPPINE COCONUT AUTHORITY. FOR 2010 THE TARGET FOR RE-PLANTING IS 200 HECTARES AND INTERCROPPING, 250 HECTARES.  WE WILL PROVIDE 1,000 BAGS OF FERTILIZERS (COCOGRO) FOR OUR COCO FARMERS.

 

The biomass plant at banga WILL PROVIDE ADDITIONAL INCOME FOR FARMERS AND SUPPLIERS OF THE FARM WASTE FROM THE POWER PLANT. THE PLANT WILL UTILIZE LOCAL AGRICULTURAL WASTES SUCH AS RICE STALKS AND HULLS, RICE STRAWS, BAGGASSE OR SUGARCANE FIBER LEFTOVER, SUGAR CANE WASTES, COCONUT SHELLS,  COCONUT WASTE, and wood chips.

 

THE IMPLEMENTION OF OUR INTEGRATED COASTAL ZONE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM remains a priority.

 

FOR IMPLEMENTATION THIS YEAR IS THE MARINA PROJECT IN CATICLAN in line with our tourism development programs. THIS WILL BE FUNDED THROUGH BOND FLOATATION. PHASE I WILL COST P260 MILLION.

 

ANOTHER IMPORTANT TOURISM SUPPORT FACILITY THAT WE WILL BE WORKING ON IS THE REHABILITATION OF PANAY RAILWAYS BY PRIVATE INVESTORS. THIS 117 KM LINE FROM ILOILO TRAVERSES THE WHOLE ISLAND OF PANAY CONNECTING THE MAJOR ECONOMIC HUBS OF PANAY ISLAND. THE PROPOSED REHABILITATION PROJECT INCLUDES AN EXTENSION TO KALIBO AND CATICLAN AND THE INTEGRATION OF THE RAILWAY LINE WITH THE THREE AIRPORTS IN WESTERN VISAYAS. THIS WILL PROVIDE LOCALS AND FOREIGNERS EASIER ACCESS TO BORACAY AND OTHER ECO-TOURISM SITES OF THE PROVINCE. THIS WILL ALSO REDUCE TRAVEL TIME FROM ILOILO AIRPORT TO CATICLAN TO LESS THAN THREE HOURS AND KALIBO TO CATICLAN TO 45 MINUTES.

 

AKLAN HAS SO MANY REASONS TO BE THANKFUL FOR YEAR 2010. IN SUPPORT OF OUR PUMP PRIMING PROJECTS AND COMPREHENSIVE LABOR EMERGENCY EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (CLEEP), THE NATIONAL LINE AGENCIES, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND THE PRIVATE SECTORS HAD PULLED THEIR RESOURCES TOGETHER IN IMPLEMENTING HIGH IMPACT PROJECTS. AN ESTIMATED AMOUNT OF P4.4 BILLION WILL BE UTILIZED FOR VARIOUS INFRASTRUCTURE PROJECTS SUCH AS ROADS, BRIDGES, SEAPORT, AIRPORT AND PUBLIC BUILDINGS AMONG OTHERS WHICH WILL GENERATE EMPLOYMENT OF 24,755 SKILLED AND UNSKILLED WORKERS. THESE PROJECTS WILL SPUR ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES IN SUPPORT OF OUR POVERTY ALLEVIATION PROGRAM.  

 

KUN MAY PANGITA AG PANGABUHIAN SI TATAY, SI NANAY MAY IPAEAMBONG, IPABAEON AG IGADAT-ON SA LAMESA PARA KAY NENE AG TOTO.

 

            Ag raya ro atong gintapos,  ginpadayon,  gin-umpisahan,  ag ginplanuhan nga ubrahon sa sueod ku sangdag-on it 2009. 

 

            IT SEEMS that after thanking everyone,  I forgot to express my gratitude to my own staff in the governor’s office,  the people who,  most of the time,  remain nameless but who do the work:  mr. lino diapo, supervising administrative officer;  atty diego luces,  my provincial administrator;  atty. Lee manares,  my legal officer;   assistant provincial administrator  rey matorres;  ENGR. JOSEFINO “BOY” CURIOSO; COL. REX MARTELINO;  and all my other  administrative staff,  the drivers,  the utility aides.  thank you for lightening my burden,  for just being there.

 

And looking back at the past six years,  from the day I assumed the governorship on june 30, 2004 to today,  I feel that I had devoted my best efforts,  and that much had been done,  given our limited resources.

 

In the endless and continuing task of building our beloved province,  I feel that I had contributed my share.  to The dream of a prosperous aklan.  With the help of the many who believed in me and supported me,  shared my vision.

 

And I have learned so much from these six years.

 

In the world of business where I came from,  profits were the be-all and end-all of everything that one did.  And because it WAS for personal aggrandizement you did it by yourself.  If you needed help,  you hired people.

 

I’ve learned that it’s a different THING in local governance.  You dream a dream.  Create a vision.  Set a goal.  And when people realize THAT IT IS FOR THE GENERAL welfare and that your heart is in it,  they dream your dream. Share your vision.  Work with all their hearts for your goal.

 

I dreamed of a province,  prosperous and stable.  And the many dreamed with me.  From our lowly volunteers,  exemplified by our day care workers to our department heads,  our professionals,  the private sector,  the national agencies,  the civic groups,  the barangay folks.  Even those with different political motivations.  They joined me.  para sa akean.  para sa akeanon.

 

THANK YOU,  THANK YOU,  EVERYONE!

 

The six years had been VERY fulfilling.

 

And yet,  so much remains to be done.

 

But always,  we look towards a brighter future.  This administration,  and those that preceded it,  had built the infrastructures, established the programs,  laid down the cornerstones,  upon which we will continue to build,  stone by stone,  administration to administration,  generation to generation.

           

Thank you.