New RDC-9 chair bares priorities PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 06 January 2011 16:54

Dipolog City Mayor Evelyn T. Uy, the new chairperson of the Regional Development Council-9 (RDC-9), has revealed her priorities for Zamboanga Peninsula during a consultation meeting with RDC members, various sectoral groups and stakeholders held at a hotel in Zamboanga City yesterday.

Mayor Uy said her plans and priorities for Zamboanga Peninsula include the implementation of infrastructure projects that will benefit the people like farm-to-market roads, bridges, irrigation systems, ports and airports; socio-economic program for farmers and fisherfolks, poverty alleviation, education, health assistance, tourism and energization.

Uy emphasized that there is a need to construct more roads in remote areas so that farmers can easily bring their produce to the market which in the end will uplift their socio-economic life, identify potential tourism sites for development and later develop it for tourism package and tap potential resources of the region that can be used for electricity generation.

On the other hand, Uy disclosed that the energy summit held in Dipolog on November last year was successful.

She revealed that Korean engineers are now conducting a study to tap the two rivers in Zamboanga City for hydro-electric plants. Other engineers are also studying the putting up of a solar system plant .

Uy said Zamboanga Peninsula is rich in coal which is another source for electricity generation.

Mayor Uy  was a successful businesswoman before joining politics. Her husband is former Mayor Bert Uy.

Some of the issues discussed during the meeting were Information and communication technology to address the problem of cyber crimes, global information to world market, advocacy to fight against graft and corruption, agriculture and food security. -- Allen Abastillas