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PIA Press Release
2008/08/15

Tabuk City hall to rise soon

Tabuk City, Kalinga (15 August) -- Provincial and city officials here led the ceremonial ground breaking of the new city hall last August 8.

In his message, the City Mayor Camillo Lammawin Jr. said that there is a need to construct a new building to house the new city government "to set all things in place."

As a new city, he said that the people "need to feel that indeed we are already a city" starting with the building of "a city hall that reflects the personality of a city."

Stressing the great potential of Tabuk to someday becoming the regional center of the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), this development he said is a "big step" towards this vision of Tabuk City, the second city in CAR next to Baguio City.

Giving light why the building was prioritized by the current administration, City Vice Mayor Rainier Sarol said that with the increase in Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), the city council finds it "wise and timely to approve the construction of a city hall". It is the best time he said since there is no need for the city government to acquire for a loan for the new building considering that the building is not self-liquidating.

Giving due recognition to all those who worked for making Tabuk what it is today, Governor Diasen expressed support to the new development saying that this signifies that "Tabuk City is moving forward."

Development she said starts with "building our home" underscoring that the "city hall is very important because it stands for what the city will be," adding "it is a driving force that set all the ground works for urbanization."

Meanwhile, Kalinga's Lone District Representative Congressman Manuel Agyao extended his message through his Coordinator Engr. Florante Balala, expressing that his office is supportive to the City Government's Plan, evident with the bulk of his Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) being implemented in Tabuk City.

According to Architect Jones Manzano, member of the technical working group assisting the Bids and Awards Committee, the soon to be constructed City Hall will be a two storey building with a total floor area of 4,100 square meters. It is rectangular in shape with a length of 108 meters to be located 17 meters from the old municipal hall, facing the provincial road.

With a total budget of P110 million, the construction of the building will be a joint venture of the ITP Construction, Inc. and Bronston Construction and Development.

Sources say Lammawin wants the city hall completed in time for the City's second founding anniversary on June 24, 2009. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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