Board Member Cherry Pie Acosta has urged the provincial government to improve the living condition of the residents of Cagayancillo, a 5th class island municipality in the Sulu Sea side of the province, pointing to its poor infrastructure and lack of access to basic services.
In a privilege speech Tuesday, Acosta noted the poor condition of the roads and even government structures. She also pointed out the need to address the scarcity of water in the island, with its residents relying mainly on catching and storing rainwater for their daily use.
“Lahat ng households doon, rain catcher ang ginagamit nila, so napakahirap,” she said.
She also described the condition of government facilities, noting the presence of an abandoned agriculture center and its dilapidated town hall.
“Sana mabigyan ng pansin ng ating provincial government, especially ‘yong access road nila at ang legislative building nila na kung saan naging paaralan pa pala ng mga kasalukuyang konsehal doon. Nakita rin natin na mayroon pang rural agricultural center na abandonado na,” Acosta said.
She cited the town’s potential for tourism because of its intact natural marine attractions if development can be brought to the place.
“I fell in love with the beauty of Cagayancillo. It is a beautiful island with outstanding beauty,” Acosta said.
Board Member Winston Arzaga remarked it is high time that provincial government will amplify the potential of the town.
“Cagayancillo deserves more not just to look but to really look at the perspective that we need to enhance its beauty for another spot in the province,” Arzaga said.