By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go joined President
Rodrigo Duterte and other key officials as the chief executive led the
inauguration of the Siargao Island Sports and Tourism Complex and
other big-ticket projects in Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte on
Saturday, November 7.
Citing Siargao Island’s reputation as one of the most famous tourist
destinations in the country, Go said that the opening of the PhP630.2M
Siargao Island Sports and Tourism Complex will greatly boost the
island’s tourism sector and the country’s economy recovery.
Established in the town of Dapa, the Siargao Island Sports and Tourism
Complex can accommodate a total of 1,632 persons with its first-class
facilities and amenities. It can also hold various national and
international sports and tourism events.
The 6.3-hectare complex, which was started in 2015, is also equipped
with basketball, volleyball and badminton courts, a dormitory for
student-athletes, rubberized athletic oval, soccer field, swimming
pool, the two-storey, six-classroom Siargao Sports High School, and a
The senator then echoed the President’s appeal to the local
governments in Siargao Island to take care and preserve the natural
beauty of the island to ensure that next generations of Filipinos will
also get to enjoy it in the future.
Go, as the Chair of Senate Committee on Sports, also mentioned that
the said complex also aims to inspire young athletes to hone their
athletic talents and skills.
“Masaya ako sa pagbubukas ng Siargao Sports and Tourism Complex dahil
ito po ay isa sa maraming proyekto ng Duterte Administration na
makakatulong sa ating ekonomiya at pag-unlad ng bansa,” Go expressed.
“Ito rin ay magbibigay daan sa ating mga atleta upang maipakita ang
kanilang angking galing sa iba’t-ibang uri ng sports,” he added.
As part of his pledge to continue the positive changes initiated by
the Duterte Administration, the vice presidential aspirant also cited
that the pursuing infrastructure development will boost the economic
recovery of the country to eventually provide a comfortable and
sustainable life for those in the countryside.
“I am also confident na marami ang mabibigyan ng trabaho dahil sa
pagbubukas ng SISTC. Magbubukas ito ng maraming oportunidad para sa
mga nasa isla at buong rehiyon,” Go said.
“Kinakailangan lang po natin na panatiliin ang mga nasimulang
magagandang adhikain ni Pangulong Duterte sa mga susunod na
administrasyon upang magtuloy-tuloy ang magagandang pagbabago para sa
ating mga kababayan kahit saang sulok man sila ng bansa,” he added.
Aside from the Siargao Island Sports and Tourism Complex, President
Duterte also unveiled other projects under the Build, Build, Build
program by the Department of Public Works and Highways, including the
opening of Catangnan-Cabitoonan Bridge Three-Point Bridge System which
has an overall budget of PhP434 million.
“The construction of additional roads and bridges is vital to our
country’s economic development by enhancing the mobility and
accessibility of people, goods and services,” Duterte expressed.
The event was attended by First District Representative Francisco Jose
Matugas II, Governor Francisco Matugas, Dapa Mayor Elizabeth Matugas,
Surigao City Mayor Ernesto Matugas Jr., Burgos Mayor Emmanuel Arcena,
Claver Mayor Georgia Gokiangkee, and Presidential Communications
Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar.
Also present were DPWH Undersecretary Eugenio Pipo Jr. representing
Secretary Roger Mercado, Assistant Secretary Ador Canlas of the
Regional Operations in Mindanao, Regional Director Pol Delos Santos,
and Assistant Director Nomer Canlas of Regional Office 13, and Surigao
del Norte 1st District engineer Alex Ramos. (ai/mtvn)