BOGO CITY, Cebu This province has improved a lot since the government had successfully carried out reform measures and infrastructure projects that benefit the people, President Benigno S. Aquino III said on Friday, during his visit here.
In his message during his meeting with the community and local leaders, he said Cebu surpassed the 112,437 target households under the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (PPP) and currently it has 117,340 household beneficiaries under the program. Its more than 104 percent increase in the target beneficiary families in Cebu, the President said.
But the President said he received reports saying some local Cebu politicians are using the PPP to intimidate people and in the end gain support this coming election.
No one could coerce the beneficiaries because he said the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is the leading department implementing the PPP, he said.
In comparing the current program to the previous administration, the President said that in the past the government had 800,000 families under the program. But under the Aquino administration the government has 3.8 million family beneficiaries under the said program.
The original target is 4.4 to 4.6 million family beneficiaries, he said.
The President also mentioned completed projects as well as a much better peace and order situation in the province. He noted that there are some 18 irrigation projects in Cebu that benefit farmers in Argao, San Fernando, Balamban, Consolacion, Toledo, Cebu, and Carcar and other towns in the province.
If previous leaders had harness the potentials of Cebu, the province could have achieved more progress, the President said. Development has been stunted by traditional politics in Cebu, he said.
Cebu could achieve more developments if its leaders were aligned with the present administration, he said.
Kami po naman sa pambansang pamahalaan ay ginagawa ang lahat na puwedeng gawin para itaas ang antas ng buhay ng ating mga komunidad ngunit kailangan namin ng mga kakamping pareho ang tuon, pareho ang paniniwala at parehong nasa tamang lugar ang puso upang masigurong hindi nasasayang ang ating mga pinaghihirapan sa lokal na antas, he said.
Also, among the infrastructure projects now benefiting or could eventually help the people of Cebu are the Cebu North Hagnaya wharf road, Quano Avenue, and the Mactan Circumferential Road.
He added that previous Cebu leaders neglected providing necessary healthcare to Bogo City residents and patients had to travel some three hours going to Cebu City to seek medical attention, President Aquino said. Today, the government is doing everything to help more people under its universal healthcare program.
Fighting crime has improved in Cebu the President noted. From 8,429 crimes committed in 2010 it dropped to 5,759 in 2012, he said.
In 2010, the police only resolved 17.57 percent of crimes but in 2012 it improved to 34.76 percent, the chief executive said.
The President arrived in Cebu Thursday and visited the cities of Lapu-Lapu, Bogo, Toledo and Cebu on Friday.(PNA)