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Echague, the next Makati in the Valley

Echague — Francis Faustino Arcega Dy seeks a name for himself with grassroots support in Echague, aiming to make the town grow like Makati to spur growth in northern Luzon.
 Echague Isabela
At 27, “Kiko”, as he is called, has pushed the programs of the province through the capitol’s extension office in Barangay San Fabian.
“I am here to serve,” said the eldest son of Isabela Governor Faustino “Bojie” Dy III.
 Echague Isabela
Education, health, infrastructure and livelihood figure prominently in his roadmap.
 Echague Isabela
At Echague East District Central School, Kiko went to 17 classrooms and handed out school supplies to the pupils while discussing with teachers campus needs such as computers, electric fans and other equipment along with the construction of school toilets.
 Echague Isabela
“I see much potential in Echague, the town can be the next Makati in the Valley,” he told Manila Standard.
To prevent any outbreak,  Dy led fogging operations against dengue last Aug. 7 in 10 barangays in the poblacion.
 Echague Isabela
He also led repairs and widening of farm-to-market roads in Magleticia, Mabbayad, Villa Campo, Diasan, Salvacion, Narra, Aromin, Villa Rey, Madadamian, Benguet, Dicaraoyan, San Miguel, and San Carlos.  Some serve as shortcut to Santiago City via the service roads of National Irrigation Administration.
 Echague Isabela
Engr. Edgardo Ramos, NIA Magat River Irrigation Integrated Services–Division I manager, said the young Dy looked after road repairs in Purok 6 Camarag Village and Purok 5.
 Echague Isabela
“The people of barangay San Fabian are very lucky because the governor’s son would like to serve them as barangay chairman,” he told Manila Standard. “Francis Dy could bring progress to San Fabian and the whole of Echague.”

In typhoon Labuyo’s wake, Kiko delivered 850 bags of relief to San Fabian residents along and about 2,000 to Echague’s upland sections amid the destruction of food crops.

His village neighbors led by Barangay Councilor Virgilio Samut welcomed his role in community development.
 Echague Isabela
“Sir Kiko is offering San Fabian a chance to prosper, bring in investors and business (and) create more jobs,” he told Manila Standard.
 Echague Isabela
“For the last 15 years, Echague has been left behind in terms of infrastructure, commerce and livelihood.” – Sammuel Palattao (Manila Standard Today)
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