By Albert B. Lacanlale
LUBAO, Pampanga—The local government unit here formally opened to the public on February 21 its new municipal building at Barangay Sta. Catalina, this town.
Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab, along with House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and Pampanga Gov. Lilia “Nanay” Pineda, led the blessing and inauguration of the two-storey edifice that will permanently house the municipal government.
Cayabyab said the building and all furnishings cost about P120 million from funds put together by the municipal government and provincial Capitol of Pampanga.
The building took three years to complete since the groundbreaking rites held in March 2016 as construction was divided into several phases depending on fund availability.
The LGU did not resort to loans to fund the completion of the project that has a total floor area of 3,570 square-meters.
“Ayaw kasi nating iwanan ang hahalili sa atin sa panunungkulan na may utang na babayaran,” Cayabyab explained when asked why the construction took three years.
Cayabyab 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.
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 to 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.
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 LGU. 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 LGU 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.
Mayor Cayabyab said she expects commerce to flourish around the new municipal hall, creating more opportunities for business and work for Lubao residents.
INAUGURATION. House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Pampanga Gov. Lilia G. Pineda and Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab lead the ribbon-cutting and unveiling of marker to formally open the new municipal hall of Lubao, Pampanga.
Photos by Albert B. Lacanlale
BIRTHDAY WISH. Pampanga Gov. Lilia G. Pineda receives a birthday cake during the blessing and inauguration of the new municipal hall of Lubao, Pampanga on Thursday. Looking on is Mayor Mylyn Pineda-Cayabyab.
Photo by Albert Lacanlale