NEDA to build P50M reg’l office building in Pagadian PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 12 January 2014 14:13

PAGADIAN CITY — The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) will construct a P50 million building to house its regional office in this city.

The edifice will be built at the new site of Zamboanga Peninsula Regional Government Center in Barangay Balintawak, this city, according to NEDA Regional Director Teresita Socorro Ramos.

The groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the building will be held on Tuesday, January 14, with Gov. Antonio Cerilles and Mayor Romeo Pulmones as guests.

Other government officials and partners involved in achieving regional development are also expected to grace the groundbreaking ceremony.

NEDA is one of the national government agencies that responded to the call to transfer the regional offices from Zamboanga City to this city which was named as the new regional center through Executive Order No. 429 issued sometime in 1990 by then President Corazon Aquino.

The City of Zamboanga City was named as the commercial and industrial center of the region.

In 2001, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued E.O. 36 which reorganized and renamed Western Mindanao to Zamboanga Peninsula.

Arroyo’s E.O. was silent on the issue of regional government centers but in 2004, then Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita issued Memorandum Circular No. 75 ordering the transfer of regional offices from Zamboanga City to this city citing E.O. 429.

The new site for regional government center was named after the late President Aquino in honor of her decision in making this city as the regional center of Zamboanga Peninsula.

At present, the Pagadian Regional Center Management Coordinating Office (PRCMCO) said about 65 percent of the regional offices have either fully or partially transferred and “established presence” in this city. — Hirohito D. Cadion