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PGMA Back in Catanduanes for School Visit

CARAMORAN, Catanduanes -- President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, hours after arriving from Shanghai, China visited this remote town to preside over the groundbreaking of a P1.6 million school building project at the Caramoran Rural Development High School.

It was her second trip to this typhoon-prone province in as many months, as she continued her swing of the regions to either inspect or open infrastructure and other public projects, big or small, that she said she intends to be her legacy to the people before she bows out of Malacanang on June 30.

At the Caramoran school, the President lowered a ceremonial capsule to signify the start of the construction of a three-classroom building as a replacement for the old one razed by fire last February 11.

In Caramoran, she instructed Department of Education Secretary Mona Valisno, who was with her, to generate funds for the construction of new schools buildings in the town.

Di dapat matigil ang pag-aaral (Classes should not stop),” the President said as she implied before the crowd of students, teachers and parents that the building will be her gift to them to ensure the bright future of the young generation.

The President said education comes hand in hand with technology, pointing out that in Catanduanes, computer laboratories have been set up in at least 34 schools under a special program of hers.

Arroyo said that Catanduanes will be a ‘surfing paradise’ that will attract tourists and investments.

The President however stressed that aside from natural beauty of the island, access to the province’s tourist destinations is very important.

“That’s why we initiated the construction of the Catanduanes circumferential road so that tourists will come here and explore the province,” Arroyo said.

The President added that her administration has given much for the progress of the province. One of these projects is the Doppler radar, to be finished by next year, which is designed to warn the province of incoming typhoons.

Governor Joseph Cua thanked President Arroyo for her two recent visits to Catanduanes and for giving priority funding to schools.

Source: Embassy of the Philippines, Washington D.C. - 10 June 2010

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