Congressional front runner and Vice Mayor Lawrence “Law” Fortun has vowed to push for the development of a sea port in Butuan City if elected in this year’s mid-term national and local elections.
In a radio interview, Fortun revealed that the establishment of a sea port in Butuan will definitely spur economic development in the city as this will complement the on-going infrastructure projects being implemented in the city. “If a sea port of international standard is established in Butuan City, this will complement the on-going upgrading of the Bancasi Airport and the development of the Butuan-Malaybalay road,” Fortun said. If this is realized, it will now be easy for the products coming from Bukidnon and from all over Caraga region to be transported to Visayas and Luzon which will result to a cheaper products being sold elsewhere, Fortun added.
The local government of Butuan has been aggressively offering the development of Masao port for possible public-private partnership (PPP) project. In support to this effort, Fortun authored the PPP Code of Butuan which laid down the guidelines and parameters for all joint venture projects that will be entered by the government and the private sector.
Apart from the sea port, Fortun also said that he will push for the completion of the farm-to-market roads especially in the Municipality of Las Nieves which has long been neglected in the past. This is just some of the priority programs that Fortun, who is seeking the First Congressional seat of Agusan del Norte (Butuan City and Las Nieves), that he will push if elected in this year’s elections.