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by Secretary Emmanuel F. Piñol

Chairman, Mindanao Development Authority

The Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) media team took more extensive footages, including aerial shots by a drone, of the progress of work in the P1-B Alicia-Olutanga Road project in Zamboanga Sibugay funded by the Asian Development Bank.

While indeed there were spans of the 29-kilometer road project which had been paved with concrete, longer stretches of the road are still virtual quagmires which are unpassable.

In fact, in the portion of the road in Mabuhay town, our convoy composed of several 4x4 vehicles had to turn back because the mud was so deep and there was no way we could have passed through it.

This more extensive video footage is being shown by MinDA to put to rest earlier allegations made by people working with or sympathetic to the construction company that I was unfair in my reportage on the progress of the work.

It is evident in the long video footage that there was a marked absence of road building equipment which were supposed to work as it was a sunny day, although it was a Sunday when I passed through the road.

Obviously, there had not much action in the project especially in the portion which stretches from Olutanga to Mabuhay towns in the island of Olutanga.

Let this be a gentle reminder for those undertaking government projects in Mindanao, regardless of whether these are private groups or other government agencvies: MinDA will take an active role in actually monitoring the progress of the projects.

I consider my position as Chairman of MinDA as that of a field commander assigned by the President in the front lines and I will give him an accurate picture of what is going on in the battlefield.

MinDA will point out what is missing and what is wrong. Our agency will never submit glossy and inaccurate reports to the President.

Sorry na lang sa masagasaan. Trabaho lang ito. Walang personalan.

Mahiya naman tayo sa Presidente at sa mga tao ng Mindanao ng umaasa na gaganda ang buhay nila sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte.

The people of Mindanao, 88% of whom voted for the first ever President from the South, are expecting so much.

Let us not fail them.

Watch the full video below:

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