GMA spends first work week of 2009 in Mindanao

Ms Arroyo is spending the first work week of 2009 in Mindanao, with at least 10 events lined up for her in six provinces in the northern and western parts, from Monday to Thursday,  January 5 to 8.

The Office of the Press Secretary (OPS) reported that as of January 2,  the President’s tentative schedule includes visits to Zamboanga del Sur, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin and Bukidnon.

The OPS said Ms Arroyo will fly to Pagadian City on Monday, January 5, where she will be flown by helicopter to Midsalip in Zamboanga del Sur to visit the San Jose Parish Church.

The report did not say what the visit is for.

From there the President will proceed to Bonifacio town in Misamis Occidental to inspect the Salug Irrigation System and then to Sinacaban in Misamis Occidental to inaugurate the Hatchery of the Eco-Tourism Project of the Misamis Occidental Aquamarine Park at Dolphin Island.

In the afternoon, she will proceed to Ozamiz City for the inauguration of the public market there and then to Tangub City for dinner with local government officials “before gracing the awarding ceremonies of the city’s Christmas Festival Showcase to be capped by a fireworks display.”

Tangub City claims to be the “Christmas Capital” of the country.

On Tuesday, January 6,  she will grace the inauguration of the Clarin Birdge in Clarin, Misamis Occidental before flying to Lanao del Sur for the  “full Cabinet meeting” in her ancestral home in Iligan City.

She will spend Wednesday, January 7,  in the island province of Camiguin which is celebrating its 41st foundation anniversary. There, she will “lead the governance activities before luncheon with local government executives.”

Thursday, January 8, “will have mediamen based in northern and western Mindanao interviewing the President at the Del Monte Lodge in Manolo Fortich, Bukidnon before she flies back to Manila.”  (MindaNews)