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By DPAO, 8th Infantry Division, PA
March 22, 2010

CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan City, Samar  –  Her Excellency President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited the interior municipality of San Jose de Buan, Samar, Friday morning.

President Arroyo cuts the ceremonial ribbon to formally inaugurate the new Municipal Executive Building of the San Jose de Buan in the province of Samar. Also in photo is San Jose de Buan Mayor Melania Rebato (right) and Presidential Adviser on Climate Change Heherson Alvarez. (BENJAMIN BASUG/OPS-NIB Photo)

Aboard presidential chopper, PGMA landed at San Jose de Buan Elementary School quadrangle where all students, teachers, parents, local officials, PNP and Army were excitingly waiting.

The visit of PGMA in SJDB gave more encouragement to the localities since the said municipality is still a developing municipality.

PGMA inaugurated six (4) KBP projects such as the two (2) units of school building, two (2) health centers and two (2) street lighting projects, all constructed by the Army Engineers since civilian contractors hesitated to accept the said projects because of security concerns.

It can be recalled that SJDB was known to be highly influenced by the terrorist NPA about few years ago where encounters between the terrorist and the military were just ordinary.

Mayor Melania Rebato attributed the new SJDB (as what she described) to the military and PNP who untiringly performed their mandated task to secure their people and municipality. She especially mentioned the Social Integration Program (SIP) of the government that gives second chance and a new life to the former rebels.

She also said that if she will assess the improvement of peace and order in her municipality, she is assured of about 70% to 80% better as compared to the previous years.

She also stated that with the cooperation of the localities and the local officials to the law enforcers and to the military, development in SJDB was given priority.

Improvement of access roads and highways are another projects being hoped for by the mayor for according to her, the economy of his municipality will continue to boom if they have more improved roads and highways.

Meanwhile, Major General Arthur I Tabaquero, commander of Army’s 8th Infantry Division who is operationally responsible for the peace and order in Region 8 said in a separate interview that his Division will continue to make necessary actions in order to totally eradicate causes why development is hardly infused in the area.

“Through the 34th Infantry Battalion, your Army will continue to coordinate with the municipal officials so as the peace and development is concerned”, MajGen Tabaquero added.

“The only factor that affects why a certain place is very hard to develop is the peace and order situation.  And now that the support of the civilian entities and other stakeholders are visibly seen and felt, we can guarantee that the insurgents in the area are soon be dismantled”, he sounded.

He also said that PGMA might not have inaugurated KBP projects in San Jose de Buan if the people allowed the local terrorist group to sabotage and destroy all equipment and materials during its implementation.

“May I take this opportunity to bring forth to other community to call for their continued share of support in order to totally achieve our prime goal in the province, and that is development”, Major General Tabaquero concluded.