Escalante City boasts of various projects in 2009
THE local government of Escalante ushers in the new year by inaugurating and implementing various projects for 2009.
A 35-seater mini-bus was acquired by the city in addition to the 65-seater bus previously acquired to cater to the growing need of the constituents for a convenient means of transportation during activities and tours.
The city also held Paskuhan 2009 where thousands of Escalantehanons participated in the torch parade and witnessed the inauguration of the City Plaza Fountain and Lagoon. The area now becomes a new haven for relaxation for the public. The crowd that gathered wowed at the 15-minute fireworks followed by the switch-on ceremony of the lighted trees at the plaza.
Paskuhan 2009 offered a wide variety of spectacles such as Kris Kringle Contest participated in by elementary pupils across the city, Daygonan Competition which featured the secondary students from various high schools in the city, the city government employees Christmas party which presented various performances from various offices and agencies, a fashion event sponsored by the para-teachers of Local School Board, funded literacy workers and grand finals of the Balintawak Song and Dance Icons 2009 and a streetparty.
The city led by Mayor Melecio Yap also gave out giftpacks called “Pamaskwa” through his Oplan: Nochebuena to 15,000 indigents of the city.
“Wala’y kabutangan ang akong kalipay nga mataga-an bisag gamay lang nga pang nochebuena ang atong kaigsoonan karong panahon sa pasko (My happiness is priceless to give brothers even just a little something for them to share for nochebuena this Christmas season),” Yap said in the vernacular.
The city also turned over in December the newly constructed building to the Bureau of Fire at Brgy. Jonob-jonob fronting the almost complete Integrated Bus Terminal, also a project of the city.
A scheduled inauguration of the new BJMP building is set early this year.
Yap is optimistic to finish pending projects like the city coliseum, the slaughter house and the city’s housing projects will be fully implemented by 2010. (PIA/EAD)