Sunday, March 16, 2014

Swanky, Elegant Town Hall Cost P32M only

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

The New P32 million town hall of Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan. It is located in Barangay Maningding and
 near the national highway.
STA BARBARA - The mayor of this robust town disclosed that the swanky and elegant new municipal hall here cost only P32 million.
Zaplan's declaration ran smack on city and town halls in the country that have been built in the same price but half the size of the new municipal edifice here.
The new P9 million Sangguniang Bayan building.
"The problem with these LGUs (local government unit) some of the funds mostly borrowed from government owned Land Bank and Development Bank of Philippines and private banks went to the pocket of the mayor, vice mayor, and councilors," media man Harold Barcelona, a close friend of Zaplan, said.
Zaplan said that the P32 million is only for the construction of the town hall located at Barangay Maningding. "Iyong landscape sa harap ng muncipio may pondo sa municipio, iyong mga designs sa pader galing na sa private funds ko," he said.
"Talo sa ganda ang Kapitolyo sa Lingayen dito. Maraming mga magpapa-picture dito na mga ikakasal," Barcelona said.

Third floor mayor's office. Mayor Zaplan (L) and media
man Harold "The Pocket" Barcelona. 
The mayor quipped that he would be constructing a fountain in the middle of the well-manicured grass that occupied the foreground of the town hall.
He cited that the new Sanguniang Bayan (SB) building at the back of the town hall costs P9 million only.
He explained that the old municipal hall and the old SB building at the town proper would be converted to a museum and municipal trial court.
The mayor refuted the criticism that the new municipal hall would follow the pitfalls of the city hall of Urdaneta City where people there assail it for being too far from the city proper.
He said the latter is located eight kilometers from the city proper while the municipal edifice here is only 1.2 kilometers from the town proper.
Second floor and overlooking the panorama of different
villages of the town.
He declared the new municipal hall will be open to the public in the end of April this year.
"Governor (Amado T.) Espino would be the guest of honor for its inauguration," he stressed.
The mayor said workers in the new town hall are preoccupied constructing the P2.5 million air-conditioning system located at the ceilings of the hall and putting
up the office’s furniture.

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