New civic cen­ter to rise in Masan­tol

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY PRINCESS CLEA ARCELLAZ Sun.Star Staff Reporter

MASAN­TOL – Res­i­dents of this fourth district town will soon have a new a place for evac­u­a­tion and recre­ation as the lo­cal gov­ern­ment here and El Cir­culo Masan­toleño yes­ter­day broke ground for the new fa­cil­ity.

El Cir­culo Masan­toleño mem­ber and Project Co­or­di­na­tor Dingo Boni­fa­cio said the civic cen­ter is part of the P20-mil­lion fa­cil­ity pro­gram funded by the non-gov­ern­ment or­ga­ni­za­tion and lo­cal and provin­cial gov­ern­ment.

It will be built on a P1.2-mil­lion, 6,000 square-me­ter lot pur­chased by the or­ga­ni­za­tion along Kal­sadang Bayu in Barangay San Ni­co­las here, he added.

“We started this project dur­ing the term of for­mer mayor Peter Flores

and we are happy that Mayor Dan Guintu pur­sued it. It is ini­tially in­tended to pro­vide an open space for our ka­balens here but our good Mayor Guintu had a big­ger ob­jec­tive for Masan­tol,” he said.

He stressed that the sup­posed open space will now be a multi-pur­pose area which can be used for meet­ings, par­ties, con­fer­ences and as evac­u­a­tion cen­ter dur­ing times of dis­as­ter.

Guintu, for his part, dis­closed that the ini­tial P5-mil­lion cov­ered fa­cil­ity was funded by El Cir­culo Masan­toleño while the provin­cial and lo­cal gov­ern­ment will spear­head its im­prove­ment with a bud­get of P5.8-mil­lion.

“Meron na tay­ong cov­ered area pero ang sabi ni Gover­nor Nanay (Pineda), i-cover na siya ng buo pati kisame para mas lig­tas sya at ma­pak­in­a­ban­gan ng tagaMasan­tol lalo na ka­pag tag-ulan,” he said.

He stressed that the fa­cil­ity is just one of the many projects which are prod­ucts of the fruit­ful pub­lic-pri­vate part­ner­ships in town.

Guintu ex­pressed his grat­i­tude to Masan­toleños from all over the world who gen­er­ously do­nated funds for the re­al­iza­tion of such project.

He stressed that he will con­tinue to uti­lize the re­main­ing open area of the do­nated lot by con­struct­ing other fa­cil­i­ties to im­prove de­liv­ery of pub­lic ser­vice.

He dis­closed that he is plan­ning to de­velop a park in the area where se­nior cit­i­zens and other res­i­dents can visit and re­lax dur­ing their free time.

This is aside from the wa­ter district fa­cil­ity and learn­ing cen­ters that cur­rently stand on the pub­lic com­pound.

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