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Palawan Gov. Alvarez touts new projects during Inclusive Development Summit

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Palawan Governor Jose Chavez Alvarez has presented the status various projects undertaken by his administration when he delivered his speech during the first ever Inclusive Developmeny Summit in the province.

During the event, the governor said that he wants inclusive development for everyone across all political party lines.

“Pantay-pantay ang tingin namin. Walang political color dahil ang gusto nating mangyari ay ang pagbabago at paunlarin ang kabuhayan ng bawat Palaweño. LGBT ka man, babae o lalaki ay dapat lahat tayo pwedeng sumabay dito sa sasakyan na hinanda namin ni Vice Governor (Victorino Dennis Socrates) kasama ang mga Sangguniang Panlalawigan upang ang sambayanang Palaweño ay tuluyan nang umunlad,” Governor Alvarez said during the summit.

The provincial government of Palawan held the first ever Inclusive Development Summit on Dec. 18 with the purpose of finding solutions to eradicate the poverty in the province.

The summit was attended by more than 500 Barangay Gender and Development (GAD) Monitors and representatives from Indigenous Peoples from different local government units in Palawan.

The governor also touted during his speech that four hospitals will be opened next year in four local government units.

“Ito ay matatagpuan sa mga bayan ng Narra, Brooke’s Point, Rizal at Roxas. Nauna ng binuksan sa publiko kamakailan ang ospital sa bayan ng Aborlan,” the province said.

The governor said also revealed the implementation of infrastructure projects such as water facilities and road improvement projects.

“Iniulat din ng gobernador na malapit na ring matapos ang mga kalsadang binubuksan ng pamahalaang panlalawigan. Sa kasalukuyan umaaabot na sa 5,850 kilometro ang naayos,” the province said.

Alvarez said that around 1,500 kilometers of road projects are up for completion. “Tapusin natin yan bago magtapos ang termino upang ito ay magamit natin dito sa tinatawag nating inclusive growth,” the governor said.

He added that a 600-kilometer Six Lane Superhighway project of the national government has started construction in the province. Alvarez also revealed that two airports will be built.

The governor also said that poverty incidence dropped in the province since 2013.

“Noong umupo kami ni Vice Governor taong 2013, ang ating poverty index ay 63.8% at ngayon ay bumaba na sa 55%. Ang national average ngayon ay 24% lamang. Gusto namin ni Vice Governor na sa taong 2022 ay nasa national average na tayo.”

“So lahat ng ginawa natin (simula nang ako ay maupo bilang gobernador) wala akong ibang ginawa kundi isipin kung papaano natin matuntungan at kung papaano natin gawing hagdan ang maayos na paggugol ng pera sa buong lalawigan upang ang ating pinakahuling goal ay ‘yong inclusive development ng pamilya sa barangay. ‘Yan pong lahat ang inihahanda natin,” the governor said.