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fund avail­abil­ity. The lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit did not re­sort to loans to fund the com­ple­tion of the project that has a to­tal floor area of 3,570 square-me­ters.

“We don’t those who will suc­ceed us in serv­ing the peo­ple of Lubao to have debts to pay later,” Pineda-Cayabyab ex­plained when asked why the con­struc­tion took three years.

She said she drew the in­spi­ra­tion from her fa­ther, busi­ness­man Rodolfo “Bong” Pineda, who kept on re­mind­ing her to ac­com­plish a high-im­pact project for Lubeños be­fore she leaves the town’s may­or­ship.

Pineda-Cayabyab will be com­plet­ing here three-term lead­er­ship in July this year and will seek a seat in the pro­vin­cial board.

The mayor dis­closed that the new mu­nic­i­pal hall con­struc­tion hur­dled sev­eral chal­lenges start­ing from land ac­qui­si­tion, plan­ning, fund­ing and con­struc­tion.

Mu­nic­i­pal En­gi­neer Fran­cisco Waje ex­plained that though the 2.7-hectare prop­erty where the struc­ture was built used to be a swampy area, the new build­ing is struc­turally sound, sit­ting on a “mat foun­da­tion” which struc­tural en­gi­neers rec­om­mended.

The ceil­ings were el­e­vated enough to al­low day­light and nat­u­ral ven­ti­la­tion to save on the build­ing’s over­all power con­sump­tion.

Pineda-Cayabyab said the old town hall, which was built more than 50 years ago, will be turned over to the Na­tional Mu­seum to be con­verted into a lo­cal mu­seum.

“The old mu­nic­i­pal build­ing has be­come too small to ac­com­mo­date all the ser­vices of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit. We want the trans­act­ing pub­lic to feel com­fort­able when­ever they visit the town hall,” Cayabyab said.

The mayor also vowed that with the new of­fices, the ser­vices of the mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment will also be im­proved fur­ther.

Land­scap­ing of the plaza at the front is also on­go­ing with the lo­cal gov­ern­ment unit com­mis­sion­ing the ser­vices of an ur­ban plan­ner to con­cep­tu­al­ize and de­sign what would be­come a peo­ple’s park.

The new mu­nic­i­pal hall is lo­cated be­side the Lubao cam­pus of Don Hono­rio Ven­tura State Univer­sity.

Pineda-Cayabyab said she ex­pects com­merce to flour­ish around the new mu­nic­i­pal hall, cre­at­ing more op­por­tu­ni­ties for busi­ness and work for Lubao res­i­dents.

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