Rep. Hataman cites Furigay couple, vows more projects PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 28 June 2013 11:37

Sensing the sincerity and the enthusiasm of the first lady mayor of Lamitan City Rosita Uy-Furigay, Basilan Congressman Jim Saliman-Hataman the other day pledged to pour in more projects in Lamitan as this commitment serves as his gift to the Lamitenos who are celebrating their 30th Lami-Lamihan Festival and the town fiesta tomorrow, June 29.

Though he did not specify what projects that will be financed by his office, Rep. Hataman, the elder brother of ARMM Governor-elect Mujiv Hataman, said he will leave it to the administration of Mrs. Furigay and husband vice mayor-elect Roderick Furigay to indentify priorities for progress and development of Lamitan.

Rep. Hataman was the keynote speaker during the opening program of the Lami-Lamihan Festival held at Datu Dizal Cultural Center Wednesday, June 26.

It started with a parade participated in by the different government offices, NGOs, private and public schools, cooperatives, officials of the 45 barangays, the military and the PNP. It was the biggest and longest parade ever held in Lamitan with almost 8,000 participants.

In his message, Hataman congratulated the outgoing mayor (Roderick Furigay) for being resourceful in sourcing out funds such as grants or aids from progressive nations to finance his initiated projects like the improvement of the local port and its terminal, construction of school buildings, the newly completed Mother and Child Educational Center and many other significant projects.

Despite its meager annual budget, Lamitan under Mayor Furigay was able to purchase a sea ambulance, construction of sea landing for small fishing boats, Madrasa building in the Muslim community, construction of barangay halls, installation of streetlights along the main thoroughfare, purchase and installation of surveillance cameras, concreting of roads, improvement of the market and bus terminal complex, and has initially appropriated amount for the construction of infirmary hospital and many other projects.

Rep. Hataman also recognized the untiring efforts of Furigay’s administration in fighting for the conversion of its town into a component city in Basilan.

He expressed belief that with the combined leadership of the couple, Lamitan will progress and can be competitive with other towns not only in the ARMM but in other regions. — Jimmy Villaflores