TUGUEGARAO CITY, Cagayan, April 18 (PIA) - - The provincial government and the Archdiocese here released recently a joint statement urging the New People's Army (NPA) to stop the extortion activities as well as to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to stop corrupt practices.
In the joint statement, Archbishop Sergio Utleg and Governor Manuel Mamba pointed out the clamor of contactors of the road and bridge projects in the different areas in the province that they experience harassment and extortion from the members of the NPA rebel group.
Mamba and Utleg also condemned the series of incidents in which several heavy construction equipment were burned by the communist group following the failure of the construction companies operating particularly in Baggao town to grant the demand of the NPAs.
“Any delay of road construction will mean suffering for the people of Baggao town especially during the rainy season," the two leaders said, who also both called the attention of the construction firms, local politicians and the government functionaries especially the DPWH to stop their corrupt practices related to the construction of roads and bridges.
Utleg and Mamba said corruption in the form of 'SOPs' is the major cause of delay of the construction of public utilities like roads and bridges, not to mention substandard qualities of public utilities.
The two added that Cagayanos, especially the people of Baggao, deserve good roads and bridges and good quality public utilities which is much better than what the province has now.
"Let's give peace and good governance a chance," Mamba and Utleg said. (ALM/OTB/PIA-Cagayan)