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PRRD: Adulation on accomplishments, not necessary

GENERAL SANTOS CITY (PIA) -- “Hindi na kailangan ‘yan. Trabaho namin ‘yan. At saka maligaya kami na magtingin na may naiwan kami sa lugar ninyo. And we do not really care if we are remembered or not,” said President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on Monday during the inspection of the completed airport and seaport development projects In General Santos City.

Duterte, who was with Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Arthur Tugade and Senator Bong Go, was referring to the adulation or the so-called “excess of admiration or pasasalamat” on the administration’s accomplishments, which he said is no longer necessary because it is part of their job.

“I know that people feel that there is really parang the element of ‘yung pasalamat. Hindi naman kailangan ‘yan kasi hindi naman namin pera, pera ng gobyerno. Hindi naman kami ang nagpagod, ang nagpagod ‘yung gumawa nito mga trabahante. So para sa akin, sila ‘yung dapat pasalamatan natin,” he explained.

With few months left before his term ends, Duterte said he, along with Tugade, were very happy to be talking on stage about leaving vital transport infrastructure projects for the Filipinos, as their legacy.

Last September 23, Tugade and Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) Director General Jim Sydiongco graced the inaugural ceremony of the development projects at the General Santos City Airport, which is tagged as the “Mindanao’s key gateway.”

According to a report from the DOTr, “among the completed projects that were inaugurated are the airport’s newly-installed navigational aids and the new CAAP Administration Building.”

The airport’s Passenger Terminal Building (PTB), it said, was also rehabilitated and expanded to 12,240 square meters from the previous 4,029 square meters “which will enable the airport to accommodate at least two (2) million passengers annually or almost double its pre-pandemic annual passenger capacity of 1.05 million.”

On the same day, Tugade also led the inauguration of the Port Operations Building (POB) Amenity Complex and other improved facilities in Makar Wharf here together with Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) General Manager Jay Santiago.

Duterte commended the leadership of Tugade in the DOTr for completing the projects even amidst the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Both airport and seaport development projects are expected to boost tourism and commerce as well as bring more job opportunities in the region.

Meanwhile, the President expressed sadness over Tugade’s intention to retire as the Transportation Secretary can still do so much to continue what he had started on the government’s  Build Build Build program.

“I don’t know what he would do but I feel he would continue doing what he has done for government. Sayang ‘yung kung mag-alis siya, mag-alis man kaming lahat. Eh makita mo naman ‘yung airport. Ang Davao hindi nakalahati. Doon sa Bicol mayroon silang kasing ganda rin pero mas maganda ‘to, mas malaki." 

The Chief Executive also talked about leaving government service along with Tugade, but ditched his plan as he has to do things before retiring. “Probably I don’t know but baka mag-retire si Tugade, so with me. There are just things which I have to do before retiring. But not really staying for something na ---it’s no longer our time."

“Ang buhay there’s always a time for everything. A time to be great, a time to be small, a time to be a shining star, but a time to fade and just maghanap ka na lang ng kanto kung saan magkakasya. Ganoon ang tingin namin sa buhay namin. Panahon-panahon ang mundo. Hindi na namin panahon pero sabi ko nga may maiwan kami,” he said. (PGFruylan/PIA-Gensan)

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