Governor Hilario P. Davide III commended President Benigno “PNoy” Aquino for giving an honest and inspiring the State of the Nation Address (SONA) saying, it was an “inspiring” and “truthful report” of the accomplishments of his administration.
“Nakita gyud nato nga dunay improvement sa Philippines. Ang Gross Domestic Product rose from 6.5 percent in the first quarter of last year to 7.8 percent of this year. Para nako dako kaayo to nga indication on how we have improved our economy.” Davide added.
He further said the President’s programs have been creating substantial positive impact on the lives of ordinary Filipinos, bolstered by the testimonies of the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, whose statements were featured during the SONA.
Governor Davide expressed his appreciation to the President for considering the Mactan-Cebu International Airport terminal as one of the major infrastructure projects of his administration. Governor Davide stated that the bidding for the airport expansion and renovation project would be conducted on September of this year. According to a report, the airport has been operating beyond its capacity.
The Governor also defended the President against his critics who have been criticizing the current administration’s seeming emphasion infrastructure development projects in Luzon, placing less attention in improving infrastructure facilities in the Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The Governor is confident that the current administration will be undertaking more national projects in Cebu. The President has been and intends to continue implementing national projects that have countrywide impact. According to Gov. Davide, he has no doubt that the President will make true his statement of helping the Visayan region especially Cebu.
However, Davide said that he was not able to discuss the Trans-axial Highway project to the President during the SONA. In due time and in another forum, he will discuss this matter to the President.
Among those he spotted during the SONA were Cebuano solons Wilfredo Caminero from the (2nd district), Joseph “Ace” Durano (5th district), Provincial Board Member Peter John Calderon and Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes and some mayors of the second district. (Xerxes Alkuino)