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TABUK CITY, Kalinga – The city government formally broke ground the implementation of the P30 million city hall expansion project geared towards increasing the spaces for the different offices and addressing the perennial leaks on the roof of the old 2-storey structure.
Mayor Darwin C. Estrañero led city officials and employees in the groundbreaking ceremony early Friday morning because of the urgent need to pursue the realization of the project to improve the state of the city hall structure and provide convenience to both government workers and the transacting public.
He claimed that for at least 9 years, city officials and employees were exposed to the perennial leaks on the roof of the city hall building which happens to be its second floor, thus, the present administration envisioned to add another floor making the structure 3 stories to accommodate the increasing number of workers and the expansion of the services offered by the component city.
“We are going to work hard for the completion of the project amidst the criticisms of our political rivals who seem not to be enlightened on the real purpose of the city hall expansion project. We will prove our critics wrong once the project will be completed because government workers and the public will surely have convenience in doing their work and transacting official businesses in the different offices,” Mayor Estrañero stressed.
The local chief executive pointed out the need to also modernize the city hall building to make the same presentable to the residents and visitors like as Tabuk is now a component city where many investors are now planning to put up businesses that will provide increased employment opportunities for the people and spur the overall economic growth of the city.
Tabuk was created as a component city of Kalinga on June 24, 2007, together with 15 other cities from the different parts of the country that prompted the League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP) to contest the same because of its negative impact to the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) being given to them.
The city mayor asserted that the primary purpose of pursuing the city hall expansion project is to improve the state of the city’s show window, provide convenience to both government workers and the public, increase the carrying capacity of the structure because of expanding operations of offices and for the city to have a new image as one of the fastest growing urban centers in Northern Luzon.
He emphasized that critics of the present administration are welcome to air their valid and legitimate grievances on the project but to fabricate issues just for the sake of publicity is no longer productive as it creates diversity among the people which should not be the case in the first place if they are willing to listen to explanations that had been publicly discussed in the past, especially concerning the implementation of the multi-million project.
The city hall expansion project was supposed to commence early this year after the contractor was issued the notice to proceed but the prevailing global pandemic forced the local government to suspend the same to date.
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