Former President and Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo visited Cebu on Monday on her final sentimental journey as Speaker.
She visited two of the Roro ports built during her time as President in southern Cebu namely Taloot port in Argao and Liloan port in Santander.
In a media briefing, the Marina reported that as a result of her initiatives as Speaker arising from the House’s oversight functions, a total of 19 new missionary Roro routes were established in different parts of the country this year.
Four of the 19 are already operational while 15 are just waiting for the arrival of the ships that will serve the routes. It was also revealed that nine more new missionary routes will be opened based on the recommendation of the shipping Industry.
In response, Arroyo said she is happy that the Roro project has been revived by the present administration and that she is extremely delighted and honored to have helped in lowering the cost of goods, boosting tourism and facilitating travel around the country through the Roro System which she established when she was President in 2003.
There are currently 140 Roro routes all over the country servicing millions of passengers and cargo handlers.
Last May, Arroyo went to Cebu where as a senator and later President, initiated several projects that hastened the development of the island province as well as the cities located there.
During her visit then, the Cebuanos handed over to her a P1.1 million donation from several Cebu-based businessmen for the earthquake victims in her district in Pampanga.
Arroyo said she will use the money to rebuild the houses that were destroyed during the earthquake.
Arroyo also initiated the 36-kilometer Naga Highway that was built during her presidency in 2006.
The road connected the east of Cebu to the west part of the island–from Naga to Toledo City–spurring growth in the area.