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(SALUTATIONS)

NAIMBAG NGA BIGAT KADAKAYO AMIN. //

AS THE CHAIRPERSON OF THE TASK FORCE BUILD BACK BETTER, // ALLOW ME TO EXTEND MY DEEP APPRECIATION // TO THE DIFFERENT NATIONAL GOVERNMENT AGENCIES // AND REGIONAL AND LOCAL OFFICES HERE IN CAGAYAN, // FOR ALL THEIR EFFORTS IN MAKING OUR EVENT HAPPEN TODAY.//

I AM ALSO EXTENDING MY SINCEREST GRATITUDE // TO THE PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OF CAGAYAN, // LED BY HONORABLE GOVERNOR MANUEL MAMBA, // TO GOVERNOR RODOLFO ALBANO OF ISABELA, // GOVERNOR DAKILA CARLO CUA OF QUIRINO, // TO THE HEADS OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT UNITS OF LAL-LO AND GATTARAN, // MAYOR OLIVER PASCUAL // AND MAYOR MATTHEW NOLASCO, // FOR THEIR SUPPORT IN THIS UNDERTAKING. //

NOONG NAKARAANG TAON, // NAKITA PO NATIN ANG PINSALANG IDINULOT NG BAGYONG ULYSSES // SA MGA PROBINSYA NG REHIYON NG CAGAYAN VALLEY. // THE TYPHOON LEFT MILLIONS OF DAMAGES // IN THE REGION’S AGRICULTURE AND INFRASTRUCTURE,// AND THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES AFFECTED. //

TODAY, // WE ARE HERE ON A MISSION: // TO REDUCE THE PERENNIAL FLOODING IN THE REGION OF CAGAYAN VALLEY. //

DURING OUR CABINET MEETING IN DECEMBER, // THE PRESIDENT, HIMSELF, // APPROVED THE WIDENING OF THE MAGAPIT NARROWS // AND THE REMOVAL OF THE 19 SANDBARS IN CAGAYAN RIVER. //

OUR GOVERNMENT IS TAKING THIS MATTER SERIOUSLY. // AS YOU CAN SEE, // THE EQUIPMENT AND ASSETS OF OUR GOVERNMENT // ARE NOW READY TO START THE MISSION. // THE DREDGING EQUIPMENT OF THE DPWH AND THE ARMED FORCES OF THE PHILIPPINES // ARE ALREADY DEPLOYED IN OUR PRIORITY AREAS. //

IN OUR LINE UP, // OUR FIRST PRIORITY IS THE REMOVAL OF THE THREE SANDBARS IN BARANGAY BANGAG, LAL-LO // AND THE BARANGAYS OF CASICALLAN NORTE AND DUMMUN IN GATARAN. // THE THREE SANDBARS HAVE A TOTAL ESTIMATED VOLUME OF SEVEN MILLION CUBIC METERS, // COVERING 235 HECTARES OF SANDBAR. //

WHILE THE DREDGING IS A STRATEGIC MOVE IN THE SHORT-TERM, // REST ASSURED THAT OUR MEDIUM- AND LONG-TERM SOLUTIONS FOR THE FLOODING IN CAGAYAN VALLEY // ARE ALREADY IN PLACE. // OUR DREDGING PROGRAM IS ALSO COUPLED WITH NATURE-BASED SOLUTION // SUCH AS THE PLANTING OF BAMBOOS IN STABILIZING OUR RIVER BANKS. //

WE ARE ALSO LOOKING AT THE DEVELOPMENT OF BAMBOO PLANTATIONS IN THE REGION // SO WE CAN PROVIDE LIVELIHOOD OPPORTUNITIES TO CAGAYANOS. //

THIS IS A WHOLE-OF-SOCIETY APPROACH. // OUR NATIONAL GOVERNMENT IS ENJOINING EVERYONE, // FROM OUR LOCAL RESIDENTS // TO OUR LOCAL AND PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT UNITS, // REGIONAL AGENCIES, // PRIVATE SECTOR AND CIVIL SOCIETY, // TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS MISSION. //

ITO AY SIMULA PA LAMANG PO NG ATING MGA PLANO // UPANG MABAWASAN ANG MAPAMINSALANG BAHA // SA REHIYON NG CAGAYAN VALLEY. // AASAHAN NAMIN ANG INYONG PATULOY NA SUPORTA // HANGGANG MAPAGTAGUMPAYAN NATIN ANG MISYONG ITO. //

MARAMING SALAMAT SA INYONG LAHAT!//