Samar governor to
pursue concreting of Paranas-San Jose de Buan road
By NINFA B. QUIRANTE
CATBALOGAN CITY – Samar
Governor Sharee Ann Tan promised to fund the 38.5 San Jose de
During her first press
conference on Wednesday (August 11) Tan reacted to questions regarding
her plans about the worst condition of provincial roads in Samar
specifically the Pagsanghan-Gandara road. The youthful governor
promised the Samarnons that she will pursue concreting these roads to
usher economic activities and also to address insurgency.
However, the governor
said that it will take some P141 M to truly rehabilitate and
concretize the 38.5 road stretch.
With the budget still
being scrutinized by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) majority bloc,
Tan said that every year she will allot some P10 M from the province’s
20% development fund.
The project, assured
Tan will be done slowly as the fund needed is big but the project will
be pushed steadily.
“The road network will
also lead to Northern Samar to spur economic growth in the area,” Tan
told the media.
“This way, we will
somehow solve, insurgency and agricultural products will easily be
transported,“ she added.
It will be recalled
that during a visit of then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the
Mayor Mila Rebato sought the help of the President to help them repair
the ‘hellish’ road.
In that instance,
Sharee Ann Tan who was still then a member of congress promised to
allocate some funds for an immediate repair, but Buananons claim the
repair was unfinished.
As to the present
situation, now as Samar governor, Tan stressed that negotiations are
going on with the majority bloc so that they can meet halfway in the
approval of the budget, so that her administration can push for the
developmental projects she has eyed upon as the new governor.
Presently, Tan said
that the provincial government is operating on a re-enacted budget.
That is why she and the Vice-Governor is pursuing negotiations for the
SP members to approve the new budget.
She assured the
Samarnons, listening to the proceedings of the presscon that she will
not force the majority block but will deal with them using
‘diplomasya’ in the words Vice-Governor Stephen Tan. (PIA-Samar)