Bataan town Mayor seeks P 250.2 million funding for APEC conference

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  • Raffy C. V.
  • 10 years ago

    Mayor del Rosario requested  Sec. Ochoa for infrastructure funding, for the renovation of the municipal building worth P 100 million ;  widening of Governor Linao national road  and asphalt overlay with estimated cost of P63.9 million  and construction of sidewalk with curbs and gutters complete with asphalt overlay  along Poblacion road worth P 86.2 million

   Secretary Ochoa told DPWH Secretary Rogelio L. Singson  that  although the  proposed  projects are not  among the APEC projects allocated within the budget  of the Department of Public Works and Highways  (DPWH) for fiscal year 2014,  he noted that the concerned local government has no financial capacity  to implement the said worthy projects for such a significant event  to be attended by world leaders in the Asia Pacific  regions .

   Earlier, Mayor Del Rosario presented to Sec. Ochoa  the existing condition of the municipal building that is no longer suitable to the workforce  and for the transacting public and therefore requires necessary renovation. The Gov. Linao national road from the  provincial capital of Balanga City leading to the APEC site likewise needs to be widened  to accommodate bike lanes.

   However, the memorandum from the Executive Secretary cited the scrutiny of the DPWH Budget for FY 2014 . Republic Act 10633(General Appropriations Act) revealed that the proposed projects may be qualified for funding among  the program funds administered by DPWH.

   Mayor Del Rosario has instructed Bagac Municipal Administrator Nicanor  Ancheta to coordinate with the technical working groups in the preparation of the  plan  for the construction of a two-storey municipal building worth  P 100 million, rehabilitation and beautification of historical landmarks including  zero kilometer  Death March marker, friendship tower , Japanese Memorial  Monument  and World War ll sites  estimated to cost P 50 million.

   Bagac town, a third class municipality, is expected to draw  local and foreign tourists with the forthcoming summit of world leaders  sometime  in  April  2015 in the  well-secured  compound,  about 400 hectares site where a number of  centuries old Spanish residences  and public structures are restored.

   Ancheta  said the selection  of  Bagac  as convention  location of world leaders is the best exposure of Bagac town like what business magnate Jerry Acuzar ,owner of the  Las Casas resort, told town officials “  I am going to put Bagac town in the world map.”

   He cited the massive construction inside the resort  of an old church, a European-style river, old-architectural residences for the guests  and  building of a port  may cost  another hundred millions of pesos. About 1,000 skilled workers and laborers are rushing the construction in the Las Casas de Acuzar to meet the deadline for the  coming APEC  gathering next year .

   The major development in the coastal town of Bagac like souvenir shops and agricultural local products including  fruits  and nuts  is a big boost to the local  tourism industry, Ancheta added.

   The holding of APEC summit at the Las Casas was first announced  by Bataan Governor  Albert Raymond S. Garcia before media men and he expects major  investments to come in. Gov. Garcia said the APEC summit would generate good international  economic growth, exposure and  publicity  of the historic peninsula as an  emerging  industrial and commercial center in the country.

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