GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/18 October) – The proposal to construct a multimillion flood control system in the city will top the concerns that Mayor Peter Miguel will bring up in his meeting Tuesday in Manila with President Benigno S. Aquino III and other top national officials.
Miguel said the city needs the President’s help in giving a solution to the perennial floods that beset the area during the rainy season.
He said the project would cost hundreds of millions of pesos and thus requires assistance from the national government.
Last month, the City Disaster Coordinating Council passed a resolution seeking President Aquino’s intervention following a series of major flashfloods and landslides in the area that left five people dead.
Miguel today said the Office of the President has confirmed his audience with Aquino and other national officials during his scheduled visit to Malacanang on Tuesday.
The mayor said he will also ask the President implement the full transfer of all regional offices of Region 12 or Southwestern Mindanao to Koronadal City
Region 12’s regional seat and center was transferred to Koronadal City from Cotabato City based on a new regional configuration mandated by Executive Order (EO) 304 issued on March 30, 2004 by then President Arroyo.
The reorganized region covers the provinces of South Cotabato, Sarangani, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and the cities of Cotabato, General Santos, Kidapawan, Koronadal and Tacurong.
An earlier report from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Region 12 cited that at least 38 regional offices have so far completed their transfer to Koronadal.
Some 27 other regional offices, which are either based in Cotabato City, General Santos City, Kidapawan or Midsayap town in North Cotabato, have failed to transfer to Koronadal due to several reasons, among them insufficient funding.
Aside from these concerns, Miguel said he will endorse proposals for the implementation of livelihood programs, additional infrastructure projects and several other major initiatives that will benefit local residents.
“I will be bringing some documents, lay them down to the President and hopefully he will consider or look into them,” he added. (Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews)