A Mindanao-based bishop is wishing President Rodrigo Duterte success in his efforts to end poverty in the country, including Muslim and rebel-infested areas.
Zamboanga Archbishop Romulo de la Cruz also noted Duterte is the first president to come from Mindanao.
“I wish him (Duterte) success in all his endeavors for the good of the people in Mindanao especially the poor. Sana po ay makahanap ang presidente ng paraan upang maresolba ang malaking problema sa rehiyon lalong-lalo na ang Muslim areas at sa mga rebel-infested areas,” dela Cruz said on Church-run Radyo Veritas (http://www.veritas846.ph/
Duterte is to deliver on Monday his first State of the Nation Address (SONA).
The prelate noted poverty needs to be addressed especially in agriculture and fisheries.
He also noted the funds set aside for Mindanao had been growing every year, including a 25-percent increase for 2016 amounting to P380.9 billion.
The amount covers infrastructure, agriculture, livelihood and other social services.
Yet, the Philippine Statistics Authority’s 2015 survey showed 11 of the 20 poorest provinces are in Mindanao.