President Benigno S. Aquino III exhorted the people of Pangasinan Friday to support candidates allied with his administration to easily realize the province's potential in trade and tourism.
The President said the government has not changed its strategy to develop Pangasinan, he said in his address during a meeting with local leaders here.
He pointed out that part of the strategy is investing on building new infrastructure such as roads, bridges and irrigation system.
One of these projects includes the 88-kilometer Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway Project that will connect the three provinces in the region.
The first phase of the project is currently under construction and the President said that before he steps down from power in 2016, he expects phase three, the final part of the project, will be completed.
According to the President, once the project is completed, the three and a half travel time from Tarlac City to Rosario, La Union will be shortened to one hour. Around 20,000 daily motorists are expected to benefit from the project.
The President also noted that before the end of March, he expects the completion of the San Nicolas-Natividad-San Quintin-Umingan-Guimba Road, which, he said, will also cut travel time in the area.
He said that more than 5,400 daily motorists will benefit from the project adding that the travel time will be cut from one hour to half an hour.
The administration is also focusing on developing the province's agriculture sector, he said.
The government has released P10 million to complete the Poblacion-Quinaoayanan Farm-to-Market Road project for the benefit of local farmers.
The government also released the fund for the P360-million Macidem Small Reservoir Irrigation Project that will supply water to 600 hectares of farmland in the province.
The President also reported that there is a separate 17 other irrigation projects in Pangasinan that received more than P150-million budget from the national government.
The project will irrigate more than 2,100 hectares of farmland in Pangasinan, he said.
The Aquino government also prioritized providing quality healthcare to the people of Pangasinan.
Part of his visit in this city is the inauguration of the Emergency Room Complex Region 1 Medical Center in Dagupan City.
The national government allotted P15 million for the project, he said. Fifty million pesos was spent for the procurement of modern medical equipment of the new emergency room complex.
"Wala pa po tayo sa kalahati ng ating termino, pero nararamdaman na po natin ang positibong resulta ng malinis at mapagmalasakit na pamamahala," the President said during his address.