Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade joined Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III at the awarding ceremony for the 100 fiber glass fishing boats in Claveria, Cagayan today, 16 January 2020.
“Ananusan niyo ti maintid me. Basta’t importante, agtitinullong tayo,” Secretary Bello said.
To recall, the aforesaid donation from DOLE transpired immediately after the province was severely devastated by the strong typhoon Ulysses. The project aims to help in the recovery and rebuilding of the livelihood of our typhoon-affected kababayans, particularly the fishermen.
In addition, Secretary Bello announced that he will be awarding ‘Negosyo Karts’ to the city of Ilagan, Isabela, in a bid to further aid ambulant vendors.
During the ceremony, Secretary Tugade underscored the very essence of their presence there, that is to deliver the President’s promise to the Cagayanos—a restored economy and livelihood for the people.
“Immay kami rito, kasi napangako ng ating Pangulo noon, ‘Bello, Tugade, tulungan n’yo ‘yung Cagayan.’ Sabi ng ating Pangulo, ‘Ibangon n’yo ang ekonomiya ng Cagayan. Tulungan n’yo sila.’ Kaya nga ba’t nandidito kami ngayon, upang tuparin ang pangako ng ating Pangulo,” Secretary Tugade emphasized.
He further added, “Tinupad ng ating Pangulo ang kanyang pangako na tulungan ang Cagayan. ‘Yung munting tulong na binibigay sa inyo ngayong araw na ito. Hingi at dalangin ng ating Pangulo na inyong alagaan lang. Gamitin sa tamang pamamaraan upang ang inyong personal na pamumuhay ay umunlad. Upang ‘yung pamumuhay ng inyong pamilya at sambayanan ay umunlad. In that case, when you take care of the blessings which this government is giving to you, it will never get tired of giving you more and more blessings and support.”
Officials also present in the ceremony were Cagayan Governor Manuel N. Mamba, Chief-of-Staff and Assistant Secretary for Procurement and Project Implementation Giovanni Lopez, Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Santiago, and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco.