By Ali G. Macabalang
NAAWAN, Misamis Oriental – Officials have launched construction works for a P180-million multi-purpose center that higher authorities and constituents hoped to boost the fast-pace of progress in this coastal town.
It is in this town where a five-hectare land will be purchased for donation as Islamic public cemetery by the provincial government as earlier committed by Misamis Oriental Gov. Yevgeny “Bambi” Emano to the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF).
Gov. Emano and Naawan Mayor town Dennis Roa alongside Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) President Emmanuel Herbosa Mindanao and Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA) Chairman Manny Piñol broke ground on Aug. 11 for the construction of the center, which will become another land mark in Misamis Oriental.
The four officials delivered separate speeches, taking turns in painting rosy prospects from the eventual completion of half moon-looking edifice.
Mayor Roa said the four-storey multipurpose center will house a modern municipal hall and an array of commercial stalls as well as local government offices where residents and visitors can transact business on a one-stop shop.
Gov. Roa said his office and the Sangguniang Panlalawigan promptly endorsed the application for financing of the project by DBP.
The P180-million loan application for the project was also approved swiftly by the DBP board, said Herbosa, who narrated his past successful experiences in private banking vis-à-vis financing of essential ventures.
Sec. Pinol, for his part, recommended that the rooftop of the building be built with solar energy-generating panels to make the edifice more multi-faceted and essential to the municipal populace.
Engineers and an architect of the contracted construction firm assured that the building would be of an international quality that the people of Naawan and Misamis oriental in general will be proud of.
The groundbreaking ceremony was also attended by key members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and Mindanao State University-Naawan Campus Chancellor Dr. Elnor C. Roa.
At the sidelight of the ceremony, Chancellor Roa and DBP President Herbosa signed a memorandum of agreement for the provision of more than thousand pesos for the establishment of tree seedling nurseries to enhance watershed areas in this town. (AGM)