Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Ozamiz City public mall opens with a big bang

Ozamiz City Public Mall, the biggest sub-project under the Mindanao Basic Urban Services Sector Project (MBUSSP), with a total project cost of P161.079 million, was inaugurated last May 28, by the local government unit of Ozamiz City.

This, in collaboration with the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region 10 (DILG-10), with Regional Director Loreto Bhagwani as Guest of Honor and Honorary Speaker representing Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno.

The inauguration started with the ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Carlos Patricio Bernad, City Councilor Nova Princess Parojinog Echavez, and Director Bhagwani.

It was followed by a blessing ceremony led by Rev. Fr. Marvin OsmeƱa, Assistant Parish Priest of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in the City.

In a lavish ceremony held at the Ozamiz Public Mall located in Barangay Centro (50th Barangay) of Ozamiz City, Councilor Echavez welcomed the guests led by Director Bhagwani and the representatives of the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP), Sangguniang Panlungsod members of the city government, Punong Barangays, the business sector, among other guests.

Echavez spoke with much pride and gratitude as she presented to the guests and the public the newly-inaugurated Public Mall which will serve the populace of Ozamiz City as well its neighboring Local Government Units (LGUs).

One of the challenges she emphasized was the cleanliness of the public mall which the stallholders and the consumers should maintain.

The Public Mall is a two-storey building with more or less 965 stalls, 14 rentable spaces, toilet cubicles and provision of drainage system, power supply, refuse receptacles and bins, and calibrated weighing scales.

In his message, Director Bhagwani acknowledged the said event as very auspicious and remarkable day for the city government, the business community, and the transacting public.

He relayed to the public Secretary Puno’s message of warm congratulations to the LGU of Ozamiz City for a job well done.

He said this facility will cater to the needs of the transacting public for a clean, presentable, accessible and strategically located establishment that provides the customers and service providers the opportunity to interact and do business.

“This building is not only a testimony to a futuristic vision of the LCE and the SP but is also a constant and visible reminder that when our local officials are united and put their efforts together, the cries and the needs of the clients are served well,” Director Bhagwani said.

He further labeled the Public Mall as a “Building of Love and a symbol of Unity among the LCE and the SP of Ozamiz City.

Said Public Mall was one of the subprojects under the MBUSSP of DILG funded by the Asia Development Bank (ADB) and the LBP as its conduit funding institution. The MBUSSP is a six-year sector development project which is intended to provide capacity-building program, and to pursue urban infrastructure investment support to participating LGUs in Mindanao. Moreover, this project of DILG provides financial and technical assistance in the construction of projects either revenue generating projects (such as Public Market, Water Supply System, Integrated Transport Terminal, etc.) or non-revenue generating projects (such as Municipal/City Hall, Socio Cultural Center, Sports Complex, Gymnasium, etc.).

For two years, the DILG Region 10 has implemented numerous subprojects under the MBUSSP.

Some of the completed/on-going subprojects are the Naawan Water Supply system, Impasugong Water Supply System, Kapatagan Municipal Hall, Jasaan Municipal Hall, and many others.

The Project Development Management Unit (PDMU) of the Local Government Development Division (LGDD) of the DILG RO-10, (in coordination with the Office of Project Development Services of the DILG Central Office) handles the implementation of these subprojects with the Project Implementing Unit of the LGUs.

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