Mercedes folk thank Celso for P133M worth of projects PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 31 August 2012 14:39

Residents of Barangay Mercedes in the east coast headed by their Chairman Purificacion Delgado are short of words to express their thanks and gratitude to Mayor Celso Lobregat for implementing a total of P133 million worth of infrastructure projects in their barangay over the last six years.
“If we only have our way, we would extend the term of Mayor Lobregat beyond 2013. But since it is not legally possible, we promise to rally behind him and support whoever his next mayor to reciprocate his generosity to us in our barangay,” Delgado said during the turnover of about P19 million worth of projects Wednesday afternoon at the newly repaired and expanded Mercedes Barangay Hall.

Turned over were the bridge connecting Mercedes to Lumbayao, Zambowood amounting to P15,574,719.71, the 275-linear meter drainage system fronting the Mercedes Central School in the amount of P999,979.48, and the rehabilitation and expansion of barangay hall costing P2,574,960.00 for a total of P19,149,659.19.

These projects brought to more than P133 million the total worth of infrastructure projects that the city government under present administration had implemented in Barangay Mercedes since Lobregat assumed his second term in 2007, not counting the projects he implemented during his first term in office from 2004 to 2007.

Record shows that in 2007, Mercedes received from the city government a total of P8.2 million worth of projects, which included the construction of a two-storey six-classroom building amounting to P3.9 million at Mercedes Central School, irrigation structures and farm-to-market roads, among others.
In 2008, about P1.6 million worth of various projects were completed in Mercedes. These included the construction of a children’s playground amounting to P177,497 at Mercedes Elementary School, and Mercedes-Lumbayao road concreting in the amount of P1.2 million. In 2009, Mercedes had P4.7 million worth of project, mostly school buildings, footbridge and road networks.

The years 2010 and 2011 saw the biggest bulk of projects implemented in Mercedes, amounting to P10 million and P28.6 million, respectively. Among these projects were road concreting P3.5 million, slope protection P470.760.99, drainage system P97,363.01, administration building at Mercedes Public Cemetery P957,516.02, and a multipurpose hall costing P683.417.04, among others.

Complete projects in 2012 totaled P7.6 million plus P50.7 million other projects which are still ongoing, which include 8-kilometer or 873.60-linear meter- road concreting in the amount of P3,013 million, slope protection of P3.3 million, construction of two-storey four-classroom building worth P3.2 million, and site development of Mercedes Resettlement Area at the former Azcuna property in the amount of P37.8 million.

In addition, several more projects amounting to P16,093,300.00 for Mercedes have already been submitted to the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) and will be implemented this year. Among these are the construction of a classroom building at Mercedes National High School amounting to P13 million, construction of Industrial Arts Building at Mercedes Central School worth P1.5 million, and rehabilitation of another school building at Mercedes Central School costing P1.3 million.

“All these projects implemented in our barangay show how much Mayor Lobregat love us and the only way we can reciprocate his love and generosity is for us, residents of Mercedes, to support him all the way come 2013,” the barangay chairwoman vowed.

Aside from the barangay officials and residents of Mercedes, also present during the turnover rites were Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, Councilors Mike Alavar, VP Elago, Rudy Lim and Nonong Guingona together with City Health Officer Dr. Rodel Agbulos, City Social Welfare and Development Officer Francisco Barredo, City Engineer Luis Vicente Despalo, Dr. Carol Carabana, WMSU president Dr. Milabel E. Ho, ZSCMST president Dr. Milavel Nazario, Dr. Roberto Torres, Prof. Ali T. Yacub, former councilor Charlie Mariano and Benhamin Guingona IV. — Vic Larato