General Santos City Mayor Ronnel Rivera said Region 12 will get P792 for various projects from the Department of Agriculture in the next 2 years.
Rivera attended the 5th SOCKSARGEN Area Development Plan (ADP) held at the Seda Hotel in Davao City on December 8.
“I am excited for these projects. We can start on making Gensan a progressive city that has a sustainable economy and enough support facilities for the entry of new investments,” Mayor Rivera said.
The agriculture department said it is allotting P303 million for the Food Security Program (FSP) in Region 12 for 2015 to include a Double A abattoir in General Santo City.
Region 12 or Soccsksargen is composed of the provinces of South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat and Sarangani and the cities of Koronadal, Tacurong, Kidapawan, Cotabato General Santos.
For 2016, the tentative budget for the Region 12 is P489 million which will fund the construction of 23 more farm-to-market roads for a 45.63 kilometer in total, three rice and corn mills, and a Project Management Unit.
Out of the 45.63-km new road network, 8.35 kilometers of farm to market road has already been earmarked for General Santos City.
Rivera said he already pledged to provide the needed 15% local counterpart for these road projects.
Aside from the agricultural improvements, the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) has already allotted a total budget of P959 million for the development of the General Santos City Airport.
Dubbed as the “Aerotropolis,” the proposed rehabilitation and expansion of the airport will include the construction and expansion of the passenger and terminal buildings miscellaneous works such as demolition, road inside the airport property, expansion parking area and the purchase of navigational aids.
On top of P959-million budget, the DOTC had already allocated P50 million expansion of arrival and check-in areas, closure of an existing open space at the second floor, and the rearrangement of the entry and exit doors.(by Ian Lagare/CPIO)