Tagum City Mayor Alan Rellon unveiled before Davao media on Thursday at the Apo View Hotel Davao a long list of projects targeted for implementation in 2017.
To top the projects, the old city hall will be the restructured into a three-storey cultural and historical center which will serve as the city’s Pasalubong Center, library, museum and theatre.
According to Rellon, the city government has allocated P150 million for the project.
Other projects with due allocation are the following: a P30 million construction of an additional bus terminal; additional traffic lights to be completed on 2019 which will cost P300 million; purchasing equipment for landfill and solid waste management, drainage and converting of roads amounting to P200 million; an P8 million meditation center; and a P3 million child-minding center to take care of the children of government workers and clients of their offices when they have no time to look over them.
The local chief executive bared that Tagum City has the biggest chunk of Region XI’s budget from the national government amounting to P72 million to P75 milliion because of the proposed projects.
Aside from that, he revealed that the city government has loaned P600 million to finance infrastructure construction and rehabilitation.
Rellon pointed out that for the purchase and development of additional traffic lights, only P60 million will be taken from the loan while the rest will be taken from subsidy.
The projects that are yet to be funded are purchase of additional patrol cars, construction of solar-powered buildings and improvement of botanical gardens.
The mayor also said that they have proposed an “ambitious” project which is the international airport which will still undergo a feasibility study.
“Although we have already identified a 1000-hectare area for its possible location,” said Rellon.
On the upcoming Mindanao Railway System, Rellon commented that as one of the locations strategically eyed to cater a part of the railway, the project will eventually boost Tagum City’s economy and tourism.