New Himamaylan City Hall Now Open

The multi-million-peso new Himalayan City Hall is now open to serve the public, following its blessing and inauguration yesterday morning.

HIMAMAYLAN MAYOR Ernesto Bascon, left, and the new Himamaylan City Hall beside the national highway in Brgy. Talaban.* (arman toga photos)

Secretary Francis Tolentino of the Political Liaison and Administrative Office, representing President Rodrigo Duterte, led other top government officials during the inauguration that coincided with the birthday of Himamaylan Mayor Agustin Ernesto Gatuslao Bascon.

The new city hall located at Barangay Talaban, was blessed by 12 Catholic priests, before thousands of Himamaylanons.

Mayor Bascon told nerwsmen the structure stands on a 9,500-square meter property that includes the Hall of Justice and the City PNP station.

Bascon said, 60 years ago, his great grandfathers, former Negros Governor Valeriano Gatuslao, former Mayor Jose “Nanding” Gatuslao and Congressman Agustin Gatuslao worked for the establishment of the Himamaylan Municipal Hall when the city was still a town.

“This time I being the young Agustin worked for the construction of this (new) city hall at a cost of P198 million which we availed through a loan from Land Bank of the Philippines,” he said.

The construction took five years, from the time of former President Benigno Simeon Aquino III and was completed just recently under President Duterte.

The mayor said President Duterte was not able to come yesterday but said he is “very honored and happy” that the Preswident sent his representative in the person of Secretary Tolentino.

“I have two things to ask the President, to help us in concreting the Himamaylan-Tayasan Road and the bridge at Punta Talaban going to Aguisan. It will serve as the fastest road going to Oriental and vice versa. It will only take 27 minutes to reach Negros Oriental. I am hoping and praying that the President will act on these requests of the people of Himamaylan,” the mayor added.

He said although he is sentimental about the old city hall because of the legacy of his grandfathers, Bascon said it is high time to have a bigger and better one.

He said the growing population of the city and the tasks the city government have to do for its people call for a bigger and better government center.*(APT)


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