Lamitan Council set to grant Furigay authority to apply for P300M loan PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 03 February 2012 13:56

LAMITAN CITY, Basilan — The Lamitan City Council is now winding up a series of committee hearings being held by the Committee of the Whole relative to the urgent request of Mayor Roderick “Oric” Furigay to grant him the authority to apply for a loan, for and in behalf of the city government, in the amount of P300 million to finance so-called tangible projects and implement programs for the effective delivery of basic services to the people.

In his second to the last State of the City Report (SOCR) as the chief executive of the newly created infant city in ARMM, Furigay enumerated some of his priorities which he believescould be done before his term ends.

Though he does not want to compete with other growing cities in the region, Furigay sees the importance of implementing projects that would cater to the health services and social needs of the people.

Among the priorities are the construction of 2-storey Infirmary Hospital, 2-storey Shopping Center, Mini-Gymnasium, Senior Citizen Building, School Buildings for Madraza, Water Reservoir, construction of Engineering Motor Pool building, construction of 40 unit Market Stalls for Agricultural Products, Multi-purpose Covered Court, the concreting of the 45 barangay roads, rehabilitation of the farm to market road and the improvement of the street lights.
Part of the P300 million, Furigay said, will be used for the acquisition of 50 units of barangay emergency service vehicles, acquisition of lot for garbage landfill, acquisition of sea ambulance, the purchase of 5 units of new garbage tracks and one backhoe and pay loader.

Improvement of the metro Lamitan drainage system, the repair of the existing heavy equipment, renovation of its park (Datu Kalun’s Park) and expansion/reclamation of Lamitan Port are also the top priorities of the local government.

In order to fully assist the local farmers, sufficient fund will be allocated for the livelihood assistance program for the small farmers and fisher folks cooperative, rubber seedling for small rubber growers and the putting up of irrigation canal projects in some identified agricultural areas in Lamitan.

Furigay has included in his priority projects the Lamitan Kong Mahal Subdivision”, a housing project intended for the Lamitan City government employees.

Furigay explained that the present Internal Revenue Allotment share of the city of more or less P312 million could not sustain the city’s needs and that a serious implementation of revenue laws, programs and measures are necessary and that include the improvement of local tax collection.

As to the proposed loan of P300 million, Furigay urged the City Council to unite and come up with a resolution “considering that all these projects will directly benefit the Lamiteños.”

“I urge members of the city council to set aside politics first at this moment. We have to think of our constituents for we do not own permanently the position and the trust that they have given us. So let us grab this moment to carry on and achieve our dream to have a better Lamitan. With your unstinted support, cooperation and true to our highest ideals, we can march to progress for all of us Lamiteños,” Furigay appealed. — Jimmy Villaflores