Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) public affairs
SURIGAO CITY, September 9, 2018 — Special Assistant to the President (SAP) Christopher Lawrence ‘Bong’ Go today assured the Surigaonons that the Duterte administration is always at the service of the Filipino People, during the 34th Bonok-Bonok Maradjaw Karadjaw Festival in the city.
In an ambush interview, Go vowed to help fast track the release of funds for the repair and rehabilitation of the Surigao City airport runway that was damaged by the February 2017 earthquake that struck the city.
“Kakausapin ko kaagad ang Secretary of Transportation si Secretary Tugade para tugunan at mapabilis itong pag repair. Ako mismo nakita ko kanina medyo ‘yung dulo ng runway ay mayroong inaayos po.” Go said.
(I will talk right away to Transportation Secretary Tugade to address this issue and to fasten the repair. I personally saw earlier that there is an on-going repair in the runaway.)
According to DOTR, the repair of the runway is currently in progress. Funding has been released last April 2018 and 1,060 meters of the 1,600 meter runway has been restored.
Go also said that he will talk to Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar to raise the Surigaonons’ concern regarding the ongoing Dinagat-Surigao Bridge Link project.
“Mayroon kaming cabinet meeting po sa darating na Martes. Kakausapin ko naman po si Secretary Villar para mapabilis itong problema ninyo sa tulay at ma-fast track po lahat, pangako ko iyan na bibigyan ko ng immediate action, kaya kakausapin ko ang mga head of departments.” Go said.
(We will be having our cabinet meeting this Tuesday. I will talk to Secretary Villar to raise your concern with the bridge, and to fast track everything. I promise to provide immediate action, that’s why I’ll be talking to the department heads.)
In his speech, Go highlighted the rich culture and tradition of the locals and lauded the efforts of the police, the military and the local government of Surigao City in keeping their communities safe, orderly and secure.
After launching the Malasakit Centers in Palawan and Bacolod today, Go said that he is planning to put up a Malasakit Center in Surigao.
Go vowed that the Duterte administration will coordinate with the local government of Surigao del Norte to establish a Malasakit Center in the area that will cater and prioritize the Senior Citizens and Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).