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Reference ID Created Released Classification Origin
09MANILA984
2009-05-07 07:53
2011-08-30 01:44
UNCLASSIFIED
Embassy Manila

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TAGS: MARR MASS PGOV PREL RP
SUBJECT: PIODURAN PEOPLE GRATEFUL FOR BALIKATAN ROAD PROJECT

¶1. The municipal council of Pioduran, Albay Province passed
a resolution April 27 expressing gratitude and appreciation
to the U.S. government for its assistance in the
rehabilitation of a key road in their community as part of
the recently concluded 2009 Balikatan military exercise. A
combined U.S.- Armed Forces of the Philippines military team
built four culverts, raised the elevation of the road to
alleviate washout areas, dug drainage ditches along the
sides, and crowned the road to mitigate erosion. This “farm
to market” road connects two small rural communities and will
facilitate the farmers’ access to the local port. The
council passed the resolution in anticipation of the
Ambassador’s April 28 visit to Pioduran (septel) and
subsequently delivered it to the Ambassador with the request
that it be officially transmitted to President Obama. The
Pioduran road project is one of many such civil affairs
projects during the annual Balikatan military exercises that
benefited the people of the Philippines. Post will report on
Balikatan and other projects septel.

¶2. The council’s resolution underscores the importance of
continued bilateral U.S.- Philippine military exercises in
bringing much needed aid and development to Philippine
communities. Such projects foster good will and promote a
positive image of America at the grass roots level of
society. The approximately USD $103,000 spent on the
Malidong – Buenavista road is an investment that will
immediately help the more than 2,000 residents of this
agricultural community and will pay dividends for years to
come, both for the people of Pioduran and the United States.
The complete text of the resolution follows below.

¶3. Begin text of resolution:

RESOLUTION 09-29

Resolution expressing gratitude and appreciation of the
people of Pioduran, Albay to the U.S. Government thru the
U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines, Her Excellency Kristie A.
Kenney for the conduct of CMO-INCAP (Civil Military Operation
– Infrastructure Civic Action Project) of the RP-US Balikatan
in the municipality.

WHEREAS, the municipal officials and the people of Pioduran,
Albay, Philippines are forever grateful to the government of
the United States of America for rehabilitation of 3km
Malidong-Buenavista farm to market road in Pioduran, Albay,
Philippines;

WHEREAS, the said project will benefit more or less 2,000
inhabitants of the said area, mostly farmers, and lessen the
cost of agricultural products in transporting to the market;

WHEREFORE, RESOLVED, as it is hereby RESOLVED, to express as
the Sangguniang Bayan (Municipal Council) and the people of
Pioduran, Albay, Philippines hereby express their
acknowledgment and lasting gratitude to the government of the
United States of America, thru the U.S. Ambassador to the
Philippines, Her Excellency Kristie A. Kenney for the conduct
of CMO-INCAP of the RP-US Balikatan in the municipality.

RESOLVED FURTHER, that this resolution be officially
transmitted to His Excellency Barack H. Obama II, President
of the United States of America thru the U.S. Ambassador to
the Philippines, Her Excellency Kristie A. Kenney, Metro
Manila, Philippines.

UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED.
I HEREBY CERTIFY to the correctness of the foregoing
resolution.

(Signatories)

KENNEY

   

 

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