Wednesday, 24 February 2010

Central Philippines Tour; Cabinet Meeting SPEECH

Daluyon Beach & Mountain Resort
Puerto Princesa, Palawan
23 February 2010

Citing the province of Palawan as the number one tourism investment destination in the country, President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo continued her Central Philippines Tourism Tour with a cabinet meeting at the Daluyon Beach & Mountain Resort in Puerto Princesa.

In a message delivered before the start of the meeting, the President said that "because Palawan has nearly 2,000 islands, we take the tourists to its wonders through the upgraded airports of Puerto Princesa and Busuanga, the newly-built San Vicente Airport, the road backbone from El Nido to Rio Tuba whose gaps we filled, and the road to the number one of the New Seven Wonders of Nature, the Puerto Princesa Underground River."

President Arroyo stressed that "our nation has been blessed with some of the most scenic beauty in the world. Even more important, our nation has been blessed with the most welcoming, energetic and friendly people on earth."

With the creation of the Central Philippines Tourism Super Region, a total of 38 infrastructure projects composed of airports, ports and connecting roads have been built with five of these found in Palawan -- Balabac Airport in Balabac Island, Puerto Princesa Airport, San Vicente Airport, El Nido-Bataraza Road and Busuanga Airport in Busuanga Island.

Palawan Governor Joel Reyes attributed the surge of tourism in his province to the aforementioned infrastructure projects and expressed his appreciation to President Arroyo for her administration's full support to the local government throughout her nine-year term. (NFB)

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