Jolo, Sulu – The governor of Sulu yesterday said that he welcomes the Duterte administration’s efforts to usher in milestone developments in the province, even though some of them may sound controversial to people in Manila such as building a P1-billion medical hospital funded as part of a tobacco tax settlement.
Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan II sees nothing wrong if President Duterte wishes to enlist an erring cigarette manufacturer like Mighty Corporation in funding much needed services in this beautiful yet violence-stricken province.
Tan said Duterte was just thinking out of the box in order to secure more development projects for this corner of the country often forgotten by previous central governments.
Many people in Sulu are asking whether or not all the promises made last December before the President by the country’s most prominent businessmen and business groups are taking shape.
Facing the small agribusiness entrepreneurs from Sulu, billionaires like Ramon Ang, Lucio Tan, Manny Pangilinan, and Tessie Sy-Coson pledged to invest in the violence-stricken province down South and unleash its economic potential under the “Save Sulu Project.”
Earlier, Department of Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol, upon the instruction of President Duterte, engaged the Department of Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez and Presidential Adviser on Entrepreneurship Joey Concepcion in promoting entrepreneurship and linking Sulu farmers and fishermen with big businesses.
The mentioned billionaires have stepped up, but a lot of gaps in basic services have yet to be filled.
Tan said practicality calls for out-of-the-box solutions and if Mighty Corporation is willing to pursue a modern medical facility never seen in this region with a P1 billion fund, then it is most welcome.