SISON—After 57 years, this town will finally have its new three-story municipal hall.
Mayor Danilo Uy said the construction started three months ago but monsoon rains and super Typhoon Ompong delayed the completion, instead it is expected to be completed in December this year.
Uy said the project costs only P30-million from municipal funds instead of the initial plan of his predecessor to build a P115 million facility .
He said when he assumed his post, there was already an approved P30-million bank loan out of P115 million applied for by his predecessor originally intended for the construction of a new municipal building.
“When I saw that it was unreasonable to have such amount spent for a town hall of a third class municipality like Sison, I returned the P30-million to the bank and I saved local funds instead for the new municipal building,” he said.
The old town hall built in 1961 was made of cement and coconut lumber.
“Whenever visitors arrived, the building would move so we were forced to build a new one,” he said.
He said it was unfortunate that the construction of the new town hall was delayed by the municipal council by at least six months.
He said people are appreciative that the construction costs less than originally planned.
Each floor of the new building is about 500 square meters and it will have an elevator for senior citizens in the future subject to the availability of funds, he said.
All local government agencies shall be housed in the new building, Uy added. (PhilStar Wire Service)
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