CCLEX to help boost regional development

Says Bong Go as he highlights Duterte legacy of uplifting lives of Filipinos


Senator Christopher “Bong” Go joined President Rodrigo Duterte in Cordova City, Cebu for the inauguration of the Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) at the CCLEX Toll Plaza on Wednesday, April 27.

Expected to be one of Cebu’s iconic landmarks, the CCLEX is an 8.9-kilometer road that would link mainland Cebu to Mactan Island through the town of Cordova.

The CCLEX, developed by the Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC), is anticipated to serve at least 50,000 vehicles daily given its design speed of 60 to 80 kilometers per hour (kph), significantly helping decongest traffic in the area.

One of the major infrastructure projects under the Duterte Administration, the CCLEX is also expected to create more economic opportunities for the province and the Visayas.

In his speech during the inauguration, President Duterte thanked the late Cordova mayor and Presidential Legislative Liaison Office secretary Adelino “Addy” Sitoy for their huge support for the project, saying, “The third bridge that connects to Cebu was made possible because their vision and aspirations were for the people of Cordova, and maybe for all.”

The President then congratulated CCLEC and the provincial government of Cebu for completing the CCLEX despite the challenges brought about by the pandemic.

“Your support for this administration’s goal to boost regional development, provide a comfortable life for every Filipino, and realize our vision to be a strongly connected nation is truly commendable. While your hardwork and dedication to ensure the completion of this monumental task are equally note-worthy,” Duterte remarked.

“It is also an opportune and relevant time to inaugurate the CCLEX as it coincides with the celebration of our ancestor’s victory in Mactan of more than 500 years ago… The state-of-art infrastructure will provide a solution to the perennial traffic issues of Metro Cebu,” he continued.

Go likewise congratulated Cebuanos for achieving two milestones as it consequently celebrated the 501st anniversary celebration of the Victory of Mactan in Lapu-Lapu City and the inauguration of CCLEX.

Earlier that day, the senator was also with the President for the commemoration of the historical event that demonstrated the bravery and courage of Lapu-Lapu against the Spaniards. The ceremony was held at the Liberty Shrine in Lapu-Lapu City. The event likewise marks the closing of the 2021 Quincentennial Commemorations in the Philippines.

Meanwhile, Go reiterated that he will continue to support more infrastructure initiatives that would benefit the nation and would promote more sustainable economic opportunities across the country.

The senator has been supporting various infrastructure initiatives of the government throughout different regions in his capacity as Vice Chair of the Senate Committee on Finance to help provide more livelihood prospects for more Filipinos.

“Isa na naman pong proyekto ang nagtapos sa Build, Build, Build program at ito po ay aking ikinatutuwa dahil inaasahan ko na napakaraming Pilipino ang matutulungan nito. Sabi nga, tayo ay nasa Golden Age of Infrastructure ng bansa!,” expressed Go.

“Pero higit pa rito, tugma ito sa layunin natin na maramdaman sa bawat sulok ng bansa ang mga magagandang programa at proyekto ng gobyerno upang maisakatuparan ang pangako ni Pangulong Duterte na mabigyan ng mas komportableng buhay ang bawat Pilipino,” he added.

He then urged the next administration to continue and pursue further the Build, Build, Build program as he reiterated how it has notably given Filipinos the comfortable life they truly deserve.

“Kahit na po patapos na ang termino ni Pangulong Duterte, patuloy ko pa rin po susuportahan ang mga inisyatiba ng gobyerno lalo na kung ito ay magpapabilis sa serbisyo at makakatulong sa ating mga kababayan. Basta para sa kapakanan ng bawat Pilipino, ipaglalaban ko ito,” Go reassured.

“Nakita naman po natin na sa anim na taon na pamumuno ni Pangulong Duterte, pag-aangat ng buhay ng Pilipino ang kaniyang pangunahing agenda. Kaya naman aking ipagpapatuloy ito at sana po ito rin ay ipagpatuloy ng susunod na administrasyon,” he appealed.

Sara ends country-wide tour

Mayor Sara Duterte Message
Mahalin Natin ang Pilipinas Ride Thanksgiving Dinner

Assalamulaikum. Madayaw. Maayong gabii sa tanan!!!

Finally, we are home. After 28 days of being away from the comforts our homes, away from our families — nakabalik na tayo.

At dapat lang tayo magpasalamat dahil tagumpay ang Mahalin Natin Ang Pilipinas Ride na ginawa natin sa buong bansa. At natapos natin ang ating byahe nang walang problema. Nakauwi tayo sa ating mga pamilya nang safe.

Sa Mahalin Natin Ang Pilipinas Ride, nalibot natin ang 34 na probinsya.

Sa ating byahe mula Mindanao mula noong February 1 hanggang sa pagbalik natin ngayon araw — nakita natin ang mga reyalidad at sitwasyon sa mga komunidad na ating nadaanan.

May mga parte sa Pilipinas na nangangailangan ng tulong dahil sa nararanasan nilang paghihirap. May mga lugar din na progresibo. Pero sa kabila ng mga reyalidad at pagkakaiba ng sitwasyon, nakita natin ang pagiging masayahin ng mga Pilipino. Naranasan din natin ang pagiging likas na mapagbigay ng mga kapwa natin.

I will never forger the warmth of the people we met along the way. And I will always remember the courage, the strength, and the resiliency they’ve shown us as we passed by — rain or shine.

Sa lahat ng mga sumama sa ating byahe sa loob ng 28 days sa buong bansa, maraming maraming salamat po.

Sa ating mga riders, sa mga staff, sa volunteers, thank you.

Sa ating mga senatorial candidates — kay Senator Robin Padilla, kay Senator Harry Roque, salamat po.

Salamat din sa suporta HNP President Gov Claude Bautista, Lakas CMD President at Majority Floor Leader Martin Romualdez, at House Speaker Lord Allan Velasco.

Ang Mahalin Natin Ang Pilipinas ay simula pa lang ng ating byahe. Mahaba pa ito. At tiyak po ako na sa patuloy ninyong pagsama sa akin ay malayo ang ating mararating.

Sa muli — mahalin natin ang Pilipinas!!!

Shukran. Daghang salamat!!!

Sara Duterte wants better wages, benefits for village workers

Davao City Mayor and Vice Presidential aspirant Sara Duterte wants a law that would give better wages and benefits for barangay workers and volunteers.

Sara stressed that during the COVID-19 pandemic, the barangay workers are the first ones to help the city and municipal governments.

“Laging ang barangay volunteers natin ang tinatawag natin. It’s time po na pag-usapan sa kongreso na merong standardization sa pagpapasweldo ng ating barangay volunteers,” Duterte said during Friday’s Metro Manila Virtual Caravan with her presidential running mate Bongbong Marcos.

Sara said despite the contributions of barangay volunteers in the implementation of government programs in the grassroots level, they are not well compensated.

“Ang ating mga BHWs (Barangay Health Workers) ay nakababad diyan sa mga tao, particularly na sa pagdadala ng mga health programs ng ating city health (at) municipal health office,” she said.

Duterte, in her message, stressed that barangay workers and volunteers must not spend eight hours or more a day working.

“Ang volunteers sa amin sa Davao City not more than 2-3 hours a day ang trabaho. Ang nagyayari sa ating mga Barangay Nutrition Scholar (BNS), Barangay Health Worker (BHW) at Barangay Kagawad ay naging main work na nila yung pagiging volunteer. In that case, hindi na po sila dapat tawaging volunteers but dapat meron na po talaga silang standard na sweldo na tinatanggap,” Sara said.

She also said government should look into mechanisms to justly compensate the volunteers for the tasks they perform.

“Dalawa lang po ang ating options: Una, i-acknowledge natin na kayo ay volunteers at ipagbawal natin ang full time na pagta-trabaho. Pangalawa, gawin nating standard yung sweldo ng ating mga volunteers, in that way, na-renumerate nang maayos yung inyong pagserbisyo sa ating communities,” Sara added.

The virtual caravan is a series of online meet-ups which aims to hear the sentiments of sectoral groups. HNP MEDIA

Sara sees post-typhoon situation, calls unity to attract foreign investments

TACLOBAN CITY — The Mahalin Natin ang Pilipinas Ride (MNPR) has helped Vice Presidential aspirant Sara Duterte see for herself the situation in typhoon-stricken towns in the Visayas.

“Nakita ko na yung mga areas na dinaanan ni Typhoon Odette ay hindi pa nakabangon talaga ‘yung mga tao, kung nakikita nyo doon sa ride meron pa ring mga nagpu-put up ng signs na ‘help us’,” Sara said.

Sara said she had to stop and ask upon seeing people asking for help.

“Ang lagi nilang sinasabi okay naman sa pagkain, ang problema namin is yung bubong o mga G.I. sheets na kailangan namin para sa mga bahay namin,” she told reporters on Friday morning.

Sara also said communication and power lines were still being restored in some areas.

“Meron talagang areas na wala pa talagang internet hanggang ngayon or spotty yung internet,” she said.

Sara admitted that she was happy doing the caravan because she was learning a lot from the people she met.

“I am happy na ginawa natin itong Mahalin Natin ang Pilipinas Ride dahil madami akong natututunan. It’s worth the pagod at hirap, everyday maaga at gabi na natatapos, dahil nakikita ko yung countrysides, otherwise, if I did not do it, I would not have seen the situation on the ground,” she said.

Meanwhile, Duterte attended the inauguration of the Uniteam Headquarters in Tacloban, where she met Lakas-CMD President and Majority Floor Leader Martin Romualdez together with the sectoral leaders of Tingog Partylist.

Sara underscored the importance of coming out as a strong nation in attracting foreign investors and in advancing economic prosperity.

“Importante nga makit-an sa tibuok kalibutan nga kusog ang Pilipinas kay importante sa atoa nga dunay mga negosyante nga magsige og tan-aw sa Pilipinas ug magpasulod sa ilahang kwarta diri sa Pilipinas (It is important that the world sees Philippines as a strong country so they will bring in investments), Sara said.

Sara also stressed the importance of ensuring that foreign investments are protected.

“That is the only way that we can improve our economy immediately if foreign investors look into our country and believe that their investments are safe with our government. The only way that we can do that is tell them that our country is strong because everyone is united towards one common goal– that is peace and development,” the mayor added.

Duterte is in the Visayas for her Vice Presidential campaign caravan. The team is expected to arrive in Luzon tomorrow via Sorsogon.

Sara’s Mahalin Natin ang PilipinasRide draws large crowd on Day 1

Thousands of people lined up along the highway from Davao City to Bislig City as they waited for the arrival of Vice Presidential candidate Sara Duterte on Tuesday.

The Mahalin Natin ang Pilipinas Ride (MNPR) started shortly after 6 a.m. Tuesday. Some nine hours and 20 stops later, Duterte and her group arrived in Bislig City in Surigao del Sur, some 226 kilometers away. Usually, a trip to Bislig from Davao only takes around five hours.

One of those who waited for Duterte was Nita Oniola, 61, a resident of Trento, Agusan del Sur.

“Moboto jud ko niya kay maayo siya, buotan siya. Mga pobre ang iyang huna-hunaon, dili ang kaugalingon,” Oniola said as her right hand waved a red and green flaglet while her left hand held Dutrete’s poster.

“Ang akong Vice President si Sara Duterte,” she added.

Earlier on Tuesday morning, during MNPR’s send-off ceremony, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, leader of the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, predicted a landslide victory for Dutrete and her Presidential candidate Bongbong Marcos.

Quiboloy also expressed support to the Uniteam as he prayed for the safety of every one joining the ride with Sara. The send-off was done at the compound of Quiboloy’s church in Buhangin, Davao City.

Present during the send-off were senatoriable candidates Jinggoy Estrada and Harry Roque — both riding their motorcycles with Sara.

The first stop was in Tagum City in Davao del Norte, where Duterte led the inauguration of the Marcos-Sara Duterte Alliance (MASADA) provincial headquarters.

Duterte, in her short message, thanked the BBM-Sara tandem supporters and called on them to come together in campaigning for unity in the country.

“Maraming salamat sa suporta ninyo sa Uniteam at lagi nating ikampanya ang panawagan natin lahat – ang pagkakaisa. Sama-sama tayong babangon muli,” she said.

Duterte was welcomed by local supporters and the provincial government leaders led by Davao de Oro Gov. Tyron Uy, Vice Governor Maricar Zamora, First District Rep. Manuel ‘WayKurat’ Zamora and other members of the provincial Hugpong ng Pagbabago slate.

In Bislig City, Duterte graced the opening of the LAKAS-CMD Provincial Headquarters with party National Party Secretary General Prospero Pichay and wife, Cantilan Mayor Carla Pichay.

Sara also met Surigao del Sur Gov. Alexander Pimentel and Rep. Johnny Pimentel in a separate event in Bislig City.

From Bislig, Sara’s team will head to Surigao City Wednesday morning.

The MNPR caravan was conceptualized amid the challenges brought by the imposition of different travel and social gathering restrictions against the spread of COVID-19.

The three to five-hour daily ride will feature tourist landmarks, short meet ups with local supporters, and distribution of Philippine flags to remind Filipinos that the country needs unity to advance positive change and sustainable development.

The caravan will start in the eastern side of Mindanao to Cagayan Valley and will head back to Davao after taking the west-side route from Ilocos Norte. HNP Media