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PIA Region V set for 'Nagkaka1sang Bumabangon: The 2023 pre-SONA caravan'

LEGAZPI CITY (PIA) – The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) is all set for its 2023 pre-SONA caravan scheduled to take place on Monday, June 5, starting at 1 p.m. at the Sorsogon Gymnasium in Sorsogon City.

The event will simultaneously run with the Serbisyo Caravan, which involves various government agencies and stakeholders as partners.

The 2023 pre-SONA caravan, dubbed “Nagkaka1sang Bumabangon,” endeavors to showcase the advancements, and significant transformation and emphasizes the innovative accomplishments of the provincial government, with the assistance and leadership of President Ferdinand E. Marcos' administration.

“I hope that the conduct of the said inter-agency collaborative conference will give birth to a new plan for more development projects, with the guidance and assistance of the present administration, which may be brought to the knowledge of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr. through Presidential Communications Office (PCO)-PIA and be part of the next State of the Nation Address (SONA) of the President,” PIA V Regional Head Ramil Marianito stated.

Trucks, haulers and other vehicles oftentimes clog the traffic flow going to Matnog Port in Sorsogon, especially during inclement weather condition. (PIA 5)
Matnog Port in Matnog, Sorsogon (PIA5)

Esteemed leaders from national agencies, regional and provincial offices, who have made significant contributions to the development of the prosperous Matnog port were invited to partake in the confab.  The metamorphosis of Matnog from a congested port to a well–developed transportation hub for seafarers has enhanced the province's appeal to local, national, and international investors.

“We also hope that the discussion concerning the ongoing progress at the Matnog Port, which will be part of the pre-SONA caravan can also act as a catalyst for undiscovered prospects, with the backing of the Marcos administration,” Marianito added.

PIA's newly-sworn Director-General, Usec Jose A. Torres Jr., and PIA’s Director General for Regional Operations, DDG Katherine Chloe Sinsuat De Castro will also be gracing the event.

Among the national government officials who confirmed their attendance are National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Asst. Secretary for Investment Programming Group Joseph R. Capuno; Department of Transportation Undersecretary for Maritime Sector Julius A. Yano.

Terminal Management Office (TMO) Matnog Acting Division Manager Achilles C. Galindes, Sorsogon 1st District Representative Cong. Marie Bernadette G. Escudero and 2nd District Representative, Cong. Manuel L. Fortes, Jr. are also expected to be part of this momentous occasion. 

Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Head Ramil Marianito preside over the meeting with the Provincial Government of Sorsogon and participating agencies for the "Nagkaka1sang Bumabangon: The 2023 pre-SONA caravan at the Sorsogon Governor's Hall, June 1, 2023. (PIA 5)

Before the pre-SONA event, 16 agencies committed to participate in the Serbisyo Caravan which will showcase PIA partner agencies various services and programs.

Sorsogon Governor Jose Edwin B. Hamor made a clear and direct appeal, requesting that the beneficiaries receive tangible services and goods from the participating agencies. He emphasized the importance of Sorsoganons being able to truly experience the genuine essence and concrete initiatives of the government.

Governor Hamor, accompanied by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan members, PIA Directorate, and PIA Regional Officials, will officiate the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the pre-SONA caravan at the Sorsogon Capitol Park. The ceremony is scheduled to take place at 8:30 a.m. (PIA 5)

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