By Cha Monforte
Citing that it would only take the shortest two-hour travel to go to Valencia City once the Talaingod-Bukidnon Road is completed middle this year, Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario has urged gays to then invade the northern areas in Mindanao to share their best talents and skills associated with them.
Speaking after the oath-taking of the officers of the Progressive Gays and Lesbians of Davao del Norte (PROGLAD) on Friday, the governor said that with the expected completion of the 85-kilometer Talaingod-Bukidnon Road gays and lesbians could be “one men of goodwill” to other parts of Mindanao such as the Valencia , Malaybalay and Cagayan de Oro cities.
He said that the travel time passing through a completed Talaingod-Bukidnon Road would be cut by about a half.
Current travel time of bus passengers from Tagum City to Cagayan de Oro City passing the existing Buda road via Davao City would take at least six hours.
“It is timely that you get organized as you are known to be made of very talented people who produce the best couturiers, the best saloon operators, fashion designers in town, and you can also spend your talent to Bukidnon,” Del Rosario added.
The governor was also gung-ho over the prospect that since Bukidnon is a landlocked province its people would come in droves to Davao del Norte to frolic on beaches, while his province can seize on agricultural opportunities of Bukidnon.
He said there would be an interchange of economic activities between the two provinces since they would become most closest in distance after its completion.
With this, it is expected to capture a significant volume of passenger vehicles and cargo trucks directly plying the Davao City-Cagayan de Oro City route.
It was reportedly Del Rosario who conceived the project and was responsible for cajoling President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo into funding the mega project that is expected to spur economic activities between the two provinces particularly the areas it traverses.
“I urge you to develop a culture of winning attitude to rally this province to become a premier province by 2010,” the governor told the leaders of gays and lesbians in the province.
“The three of us- I, (son) Anthony del Rosario and Vice Governor Baby Suaybaguio will be together and committed to empower you and develop your members,” Del Rosario said. (Cha Monforte/Rural Urban News)