Friday, February 7, 2014

Ecija LGU eyes P120-M loan to bankroll infra projects, solve traffic

TALAVERA, Nueva Ecija – Neophyte Mayor Nerivi Santos-Martinez is eyeing a P120-million loan to finance her fledgling administration’s various projects, including infrastructure that would help solve the pestering traffic problem in this town, considered one of the major bottlenecks in its growth and development.
          Santos-Martinez said the loan application with the Land Bank of the Philippines will bankroll projects contained in the town’s annual investments plan for 2014.
          Santos-Martinez has asked the Sangguniang Bayan led by Vice Mayor Anselmo Rodiel III to pass an ordinance approving the proposed terms and conditions for the projects that include road concreting, asphalt overlay, construction of classrooms and gymnasium and improvement of the public market among others.
          Foremost among the road projects are the concreting of the stretch from the national highway to Barangay Sampaloc and another stretch from the public market also leading to Sampaloc.
          Santos-Martinez said that the concreting of the twin road networks are crucial in addressing the traffic problem in the town’s main thoroughfares. Also to be asphalted are nine streets, two of which are linked to the national highway.
          Also included are the concreting of 16 barangay roads in Gulog, Poblacion Sur, Tabacao, Bacal 3, Bantug, Burnay, Esguerra, Homestead 2, Minabuyok, Pinagpanaan, Pula, Poblacion Sur, San Miguel na Munti and San Pascual.
          As part of her administration’s development agenda for education, Santos-Martinez said P13.1 million worth of classrooms will be constructed involving the P8-million two-storey classroom in Pag-asa District and three academic classrooms in barangays Sibul and Tabacao worth P2.5 million each.
          Thirteen gymnasia worth P29.7 million will also be erected in barangays Paludpod, Caputican, Calipahan, Homestead 2, Collado, Mamandil, Poblacion Sur, Burnay, Bagong Silang, Kinalanguyan, Gulod, Bugtong na Buli and Bulac while four stages worth P4.2 million will be constructed in barangays Tagaytay, Calipahan, Burnay and Poblacion Sur.
          Santos-Martinez said the municipal government is eyeing to improve the public market and slaughterhouse, acquire an ambulance, two service vehicles, eight close circuit television (CCTV) cameras and an amusement facility. – Manny Galvez

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