ILOILO CITY: Liberation from socio-economic depression is the central theme of Iloilo city and province as it hosts the 117th Philippine Independence Day celebration on June 12 held in the historic town of Sta Barbara, Iloilo.
The flag raising rites and program led by President Benigno Aquino 3rd was held in Sta. Barabara town, Iloilo was attended by members of the diplomatic corps, House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte, Senators Loren Legarda, Sonny Angara and Cynthia Villar, and Iloilo congressmen and local chief executives.
President Aquino lauded the efforts of the city and province of Iloilo in spearheading an unprecedented growth in this part of the country.
Speaking at the new provincial capitol lobby after the unveiling of a marker of the old provincial building on June 11, the President acknowledged the concerted and united efforts of the people here and his administration in the realization of some P4 billion development infrastructures from the city up to the Iloilo international airport in Cabatuan town.
Senate President Franklin M. Drilon pointed out that Iloilo has its own version of the Northern Luzon and Southern Luzon highways with the construction of two major highways with 8 lanes, bicycle and pedestrian lanes lined with colorful plants.
These roads are named after the parents of President Aquino.
The more than 15-kilometer diversion road or the Senator Benigno Aquino Avenue up to the entrance of the Iloilo international airport is sliced by the 15-kilometer circumferential road named the President Corazon Aquino Avenue.
Drilon said the visit of the president is a “coming out party” of the city and province of Iloilo.
Similarly, Department of Public Works and Highways Secretary Rogelio Singson said that Iloilo City successfully posted a double digit growth and much higher than the national average. With all the infrastructures going left and right in the city, construction materials such as cement is in shortage.
On the other hand, Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog reported the united political leadership in the city and the principle of “tuwid na daan (straight path)” with the exercise of strong political will inspired by the President.
Mabilog said the unprecedented growth of the city now showed the trust and confidence of the business community and the support of the national government in providing the needed infrastructures.