SULU, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Apr. 28, 2009) - Manila is expected to pour some P300 million in various development projects in the southern Filipino province of Sulu.
President Gloria Arroyo has promised to fund the projects in Sulu in an effort to help the provincial government pursue its peace and development program.
Provincial governor Sakur Tan said the Abu Sayyaf problem in Sulu will not hinder the government from pursuing its various projects aimed at uplifting the living standards of the locals and at the same time promote peace.
“We are really pursuing different development projects and all these are for the benefit of the people of Sulu. We have to work together, stand united and pursue our goals and achieve peace for the benefit of everybody,” Tan's spokesman Sonny Abing III, quoted the provincial governor as saying.
He said among the proposed projects in Sulu are the construction of fish ports, world-class resorts, and agri-marine livelihood programs, and support for cooperatives to include tractors, fish cages, hatchery, and post-harvest facilities.
Tan said the President is supportive of the local development programs. He also praised Governor Datu Zaldy Ampatuan, of the Muslim autonomous region, for his support to the efforts of the provincial government. (Mindanao Examiner)