His excellency President Benigno Simeon Aquino III is the first Philippine President to visit and set foot in the island of Bantayan, one of the worst-affected areas during the onslaught of super typhoon Yolanda. President Aquino visited the island as part of the 28th anniversary of the EDSA Revolution.
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The 54-year-old President of the Republic of the Philippines, Pres. Noynoy Aquino visited the Public Market of Bantayan, the biggest municipality and center of the island’s trade. Bantayan Island is composed of three municipalities namely, Bantayan, Sta. Fe and Madridejos.
During the President’s visit to the island he inspected the Public Market and more than 100 boats given to fishermen whose boats were destroyed by the super typhoon Yolanda that devastated the island last November 8, 2013.
The boats inspected by the President were results of the projects initiated by different non-government organization including the Gawad Kalinga, the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation Inc., and the Bantayan Back to Sea Project in coordination with “Adopt-a-Bangka Project” of GMA Kapuso Foundation.
Aside from the inspection of boats, the Philippine President together with Yolanda rehabilitation czar Panfilo Lacson turn over a check worth more than P5 Milllion under the Cash for Work Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to 2,200 beneficiaries who were resident of Bantayan island.
The first Philippine President who visit the island, President Aquino promised to improve the tourism sector of Bantayan Island and wanted the island to become the next Boracay.
President Aquino made a historic celebration of the EDSA People Power, for the very first time the anniversary was held outside of Metro Manila. The President opted to visit the disaster-hit areas in Mindanao and Visayas with various activities in every places he visited.