President Rodrigo Duterte is scheduled to visit Puerto Princesa City on April 4 to attend the weeklong 31st National Convention of Prosecutors’ League of the Philippines 2019.
Mayor Lucilo Bayron made the announcement about President Duterte’s visit during the regular flag raising ceremony Monday at the City Hall.
He said after attending the prosecutors’ convention, Duterte will proceed to the City Coliseum for the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino Lakas ng Bayan (PDP-LABAN) political rally.
“Doon sa rally sa tingin ko maganda kung nandoon kayo. Hindi ito requirement, hindi ito mandatory, pero lalo na ‘yong mga officials, lalo na ‘yong mga department heads, magandang alam ninyo kung ano ‘yong mga issues na pinag-uusapan sa eleksiyon. [Ito] ay para you can make intelligent decisions. Kasi dapat pupunta talaga kayo ng presinto at boboto kayo, hindi maaaring blangko. Para makapili kayo ng maayos, makinig kayo sa sinasabi ng mga candidates,” said Bayron in his speech during the flag raising ceremony.
Bayron who belongs to the PDP-LABAN political party noted that while there is no assurance yet that the city government will be given the chance to present to Duterte, he still wants department heads to prepare presentations.
He added one of the issues the city government plans to bring to the knowledge of the president is the quarrying operations in Barangay Iwahig which was issued by a cease and desist order (CDO) by the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor).
“Siguro ‘yong isang ipaparating natin ‘yong quarry doon sa Iwahig. Kasi pina-stop na lahat ng quarry doon sa loob ng Iwahig. Ay ‘yon ang pinakamagandang quarry dito sa Puerto Princesa, baka mag-end up mag-import [pa] tayo ng bato galing sa ibang lugar dahil binabawal nila doon,” said Bayron.
Bayron also reminded the City Engineering Office (CEO) to equip itself in advance for the request it will make to the president regarding the lot in Iwahig which the city government is eyeing to be the new city cemetery.
He reiterated the CEO through the City Legal Office (CLO) must prepare the draft of the presidential proclamation that will formally declare “around 200 hectares” of land in Iwahig as the new cemetery of Puerto Princesa.
“Kailangan ready na ‘yong general description tapos ipagawa na sa legal (City Legal Office) ‘yong presidential proclamation kahit na draft man lang. kasi dine-discourage natin ‘yong mga barangays na mag-cemetery pa doon sa norte, etcetera. Doon na lang [sa Iwahig] total sementado na lahat ‘yong daanan natin. So kung may patay doon [halimbawa] sa Buenavista, ang takbo mo papunta diyan, kung may patay sa Langogan, ang takbo mo diyan. Kesa [sa] bawat barangay may sementeryo [na] katabi pa ng highway,” he said.