Council returns to SP building PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 May 2013 11:18

Over a year after vacating the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) building to pave way for repair, the City Council returns to its rehabilitated and improved quarters.

This, following turnover rites presided by Mayor Celso Lobregat and Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde yesterday morning. A blessing ceremony officiated by Fr. Max Rodriguez preceded the event.

Costing P21.4M, the rehabilitation and improvement of the 3-storey SP building was undertaken by Genetian Builders for a period of over a year.

Lobregat said the repair and improvement of the building had to be undertaken as the edifice was declared to have design deficiency. The building’s foundation had to be strengthened with the provision of sheer walls.

Aside from the assistance of the Philippine Institute of Civil Engineers (PICE) headed by Engr. Antonio Sta. Elena, the city also had to seek the expertise of a structural engineer to help ensure that the rehabilitation and improvement work on the SP building will be effective and reliable.

“One of the challenges was to make sure that the Sangguniang Panlungsod returns to this building before the end of my term,” Mayor Lobregat said in an interview, stressing that it is one of his administration’s commitments.

Present during the blessing and turnover ceremonies were Councilors Myra Paz Abubakar, Mike Alavar, Nonong Guingona, Percival Ramos, Rey Candido, Eddie Saavedra, Rudy Lim, District II congresswoman-elect Lilia Nuño, VP Elago, Joana Mas and Rudy Bayot, City Engineer Luis Despalo, Genetian Builders Project Engineer Ulysses Kong, PICE representative Engr. Antonio Sta. Elena, WMSU president Dr. Milabel Ho and numerous others.

Vice Mayor Iturralde thanked Mayor Lobregat for seeing to it that the rehabilitation and improvement of the building is done effectively and that the City Council will be back to its quarters the soonest possible time.

The Council is set to hold this week’s session at the rehabilitated and improved SP building.

When the SP building was under repair, the City Council temporarily used the City Library and the adjacent city government building at the ZCSPC compound. —Sheila Covarrubias