Local News: Seal of Good Housekeeping Award Brings in Millions of Pesos Worth of Projects to Bacolod City
As an awardee of the Seal of Good Housekeeping from the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Mayor Evelio "Bing" Leonardia and other top city officials were preoccupied with the various urgent activities over the weekend.
Several infrastructure projects were simultaneously inaugurated over the weekend.
The groundbreaking of various rehabilitation projects funded from the 35 million-peso Local Gov’t. Support Fund or LGSF was granted by the DILG to the city for winning the Seal of Good Housekeeping Award.
Rain or shine, the Mayor, with DILG Officer Dino Punzaran , personally joined the Brgy Captains of 4, l7, l4, and Singcang -Taculing for the l.5 million peso rehabilitation of local roads connecting national roads Aguinaldo St, from l8th St. to North Capitol Rd. in Brgy 4. Hilado St., from B.S. Aquino Drive to Burgos in Brgy l7, with funds amounting to l.5 million pesos.
Other areas covered were Rosario St., from San Juan to Araneta, in Brgy l4 costing P l million. Lacson St. Extension, from Magsungay Bridge to the Bacolod-Murcia Road, got P 3 million for its rehabilitation including Brgys. Singcang-Airport and Taculing. Magsaysay St., from C. Aquino Drive to Araneta, got P 2 million.
Before the day’s end, the Mayor with Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson, DILG Officer Punzaran, Councilor Caesar Distrito, Executive Assistant Ernesto Pineda and Libertad Market Vendors president Wilfredo Figueroa jointly witnessed the groundbreaking for the P 4 million rehabilitation of Libertad Public Market.
The Mayor expressed his gratitude to Punzaran for the considerable financial assistance from DILG while citing the great strides of the city in development and the rewards it has reaped through the years. He cited, among others, the growth of the Call Center industry in the city which now has some 9,000 employees and for its reputation as one of the ten growth centers in the Phils.
He further stated that not all can pass the Seal of Good Housekeeping award where accountability was one of the criteria. "If you have money, will you give your money to someone you don’t trust?" the Mayor asked. Punzaran had stated that such award was not being given just to anyone and that the National Gov’t has great trust in the city for a transparent and accountable headship.
Vice Mayor Sayson, for his part, also thanked, among others, the DILG, for the rehabilitation of Libertad Market, where he said his father used to have four blocks for rice retailing. He also thanked the Mayor for his efforts in obtaining the Seal of Good Housekeeping Award and under whose leadership there are more projects lined up for Bacolod.
Distrito explained, the condonation ordinance of the city, which he authored, entitles stall owners with unpaid and overdue rentals sufficient time to settle their accounts on an installment basis without interest, surcharges and penalties.*