Philippines: Governor Introduces Aklan River Dredging Plans

Governor Introduces Aklan River Dredging Plans

Agriculture, fisheries and tourism – these will be the major thrusts that the provincial government of Aklan will be zeroing in under the leadership of Governor Florencio T. Miraflores, who takes over the helm of leading the province for the next three years.

Miraflores enumerated these major thrusts, saying he takes over where his predecessor, former Governor Carlito Marquez has left off, during his presentation of his administration’s plans, programs and directions in local governance before the new set of Sangguniang Panlalawigan during the provincial legislative’s body’s inaugural session.

The governor also announced the soon-to start dredging of the Aklan River to mitigate flooding and reduce disaster risks in the municipality of Kalibo and other adjacent towns during heavy rains.

Some 15 million cubic meters of the dredged materials, according to Miraflores, will be brought to Singapore by the dredging company.

“At the same time, the province will earn from the dredging as the company that will conduct it, STL, will pay P5 for every cubic meter dredged,” Miraflores said.

For all his plans and programs for the province for the next 3 years, Miraflores solicited the legislative support of the current Sangguniang Panlalawigan, saying he needs their cooperative efforts and advice.

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Press Release, July 5, 2013

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