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Southern Leyte breaks ground for new provincial legislative building

By Bong Pedalino

MAASIN CITY (27 September) -- A separate structure that would soon house the provincial legislature of Southern Leyte has broken ground within the premises of the capitol grounds here late in the afternoon Wednesday, September 26.

The simple groundbreaking ceremony, which was held in its precise location in between the existing capitol building and the DILG gym, was attended by Gov. Damian Mercado, Vice-Governor Miguel Maamo, several provincial Board Members, and visiting Board Members from other provinces in Region 8.

Incidentally, the Board Members from other provinces who witnessed the occasion were in the city for their first Regional Assembly held at the Ampil Pensionne, this city, for two days, September 26 and 27.

Shortly before the laying down of the capsule to mark the upcoming building's creation, Rev. Fr. Amiel Borneo of the Our Lady's Assumption Parish (OLAP) blessed the lot, along with two service vehicles intended for official use of two Sangguniang Panlalawigan members.

In the brief program following the blessing, Vice-Gov. Maamo said that in the years to come, he felt proud that somehow the construction of a separate legislative building was done during his time.

The location covers a 40-meters by 30-meters dimension, at an overall cost of P 15 Million, the bidding for the project expected to be held next month, and construction can be had in six months' time, Maamo earlier told PIA.

Gov. Damian Mercado, in an interview right after the short ceremony, said an outlay of P 2 Million has been set aside for the initial work of the project, and next year another P 3 Million has been budgeted, while Cong. Roger Mercado would chip in another P 1 Million.

Meanwhile, Board Member Atty. Teopisto Rojas disclosed that the two-day first regional assembly of provincial board members will be ended today, to be capped by the election of the first set of the Regional Provincial Officials.

For the two-day meeting they intended to take up issues and concerns relative to their legislative duties as provincial officials, Rojas said without citing specifics. (PIA-Southern Leyte) [top]

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