Furigay marks birthday with inauguration of infra projects PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 20 November 2012 14:50

Three significant projects worth millions of pesos were inaugurated and properly turned over to government agencies concerned in Lamitan City, Basilan last Sunday during the 50th birthday celebration of its last-term mayor and now candidate for vice mayor Roderick “Oric” Furigay.

A two-storey building for day-care pupils, an office for the senior citizen association and at the same a training center for mother and child development was first inaugurated early Sunday morning, November 18, with Mayor Furigay and wife Rosita Furigay leading the cutting of the ceremonial ribbon.

The newly completed P7-million project was funded by the Japanese Government under grant assistance for grassroots human security projects but with counterpart from the Lamitan City government. It is located inside the Lamitan government complex beside the City Council building and a few meters from City Hall.

Rev. Fr. Arnel Atlagman, who officiated the blessing of the edifice, emphasized in his short message Mayor Furigay’s unique way of celebrating his natal day.

“The celebration is so unique and very rare to happen. Instead of us giving gift to the celebrator,it is the other way around. We hope to see more projects to be inaugurated in the future as this would be the greatest gift for the Lamitenos,” Fr. Atlagman said.

Before noon, hundreds of Barangay Malakas residents and elective officials led by Chairman Lino Tejada gathered together for the chief city executive and some city councilors to lead in the inauguration of the newly completed Barangay Hall worth P500, 000. Similar design barangay hall was also later inaugurated at Barangay Limo-ok.

Furigay said his administration is continuously appropriating budget for the construction of new multi-purpose halls intended for the city’s 45 barangays.

Also, Limo-ok barangay is now one of the most lighted communities in Lamitan after the city government officially lighted dozens of streetlights similar to those found in big cities like Zamboanga.

“If our budget permits, we wish to light our city with streetlights. We really want to make Lamitan the show window of Basilan,” Furigay said as he expressed gratitude to the leadership of ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman for pouring in funds for the development of Lamitan.

As a show of support and a birthday gift for the mayor, the Association of the Barangay Chairmen (ABC) in Lamitan headed by Mannan Sumampil of Barangay Sengal offered a “Duwa-a” or thanksgiving prayer which was attended by the entire Furigay family, Basilan Congressman Jim Hataman, Col. Aseron and some of the respected Muslim leaders in the city. — Jimmy Villaflores