By Mortz C. Ortigoza
SANTA BARBARA - The construction of a new municipal
hall will start on February this year after the
municipal and provincial councils have approved the
project to be financed through a P100 million loan
from the Land Bank of the Philippines.
Mayor Carlito Zaplan said it was high time to
replace the old municipal edifice because it could
no longer accommodate the 300 employees.
“Kailangan ng bigyan ng wider space gaya ng
mga libro namin doon sa ibang offices kailangan
din nila ng wider space,” an employee who asked
The mayor said the two-story edifice would be
located near the national highway to make it more
“We will build it in Barangay Ventinilla beside
the cockpit arena. Perhaps we will remove the cockpit
arena,” he said.
The new building will house the executive and
the legislative offices.
The mayor noted that the members of this
town’s council were elated because each of them
will have his own office.
He said negotiation is undergoing to buy another
3,000 square meters of property to complement
the 7000 square meter bought earlier.
Assistant Vice President Filipina B. Monje
of the Land Bank of the Philippines said that not
all the P100 million loan this town contracted this
year from the bank would be used for the construction
of the new building. She said some of
the money would be used for other municipal
projects of the ZaplanAdministration.
“The loan of Sta. Barbara is being processed
for final approval,” she stressed.
Zaplan in the past told the media that he would
appropriateP60 million for the new edifice.
Meanwhile, the mayor said the construction of
the P140 million plant of RC Cola at Barangay
Marunong here is ongoing. He said the P8 million
taxes the plant will pay this town yearly will help
buttress the revenues his administration gets from
the yearly P21 million tax fromthe plant owned by
Ginebra San Miguel in Brgy. Tebag West here.