BY MEL N. VELEZ
4-cornered fight in Valencia
CITY of VALENCIA – Three termer incumbent City Mayor Leandro Jose Catarata of Zubiri’s Bukidnon Paglaum Party (BPP) will face off again with political foe, former Mayor Jose Galario Jr. of Aksyon Demokratikong Pilipino (ADP).
Joining the fray are two women councilors: last-termer Arlyn Ayon under the Partido ng Demokratikong Pilipino (PDP)-Lakas ng Bayan, and businesswoman councior Cleofe Mabao under the banner of Nationalista Party (NP).
In the vice mayoralty, incumbent BPP Azucena Huervas will be challenged by two last termer city councilors: PDP-Lakas ng Bayan Dr. Almer Alfonso and Independent candidate Rhea Rhena Agripo.
Twenty eight aspirants are vying for seats in the ten-member city council. MEL VELEZ
Valencia supports P181M by-pass roads
VALENCIA CITY – The Sangguniang Panglungsod is strongly supporting the release of funds for the P181 million by-pass roads that aim to free the national highways from vehicular traffic congestions, that was requested by Vice Governor Jose Ma. Zubiri Jr. and the Provincial Board from President Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III.
City Vice Mayor Azucena P. Huervas said she and SP members are to meet in a bid to strengthen the lobby for the release of the fund for the roads seen as a solution to traffic jams in Valencia’s national highways.
The P181 million fund is part of the P675 million asked by Vice Governor Zubiri and provincial board members in two resolutions submitted to President Aquino III.
The by-pass roads project involves the construction of an 18-kilometer road and four bridges at Dalwangan- Barangay Captain Angel-Camp Impalambong-Sta. Ana-San Jose route of Malaybalay City, and the Bagontaas-Lumbo section consisting of 7 kilometers and one bridge from Barangay Sugod passing through Barangays of Kahaponan, Sinayawan and Maapag.
87M Euro fund for
MALAYBALAY CITY – A reforestation project aiming to mitigate climate change and global warming funded with Euro money is set to be launched next year, DILG Provincial Director Ronelo Alvarez told the officers and members of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Bukidnon Chapter during its monthly forum in Manolo Fortich.
The fund for the 15-year environmental project worth 87 million Euros to be handled by the Hiniliban Foundation and DILG will be spread among local government units throughout the country.
Bukidnon, whose advocacy for environmental protection, is among the beneficiaries of the project, said Alvarez. MEL N. VELEZ
FIBECO holds consultation
on new 5MVA sub-station
PANGANTUCAN, Bukidnon – First Bukidnon Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FIBECO) held on October 5 a public consultation on its proposed 5MVA sub-station at Barandias, Pangantucan, as part of requirement in its application for Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
The power generatiion project of FIBECO, now one of the country’s best performing distribution utilities, aims to further improve its quality services and increase power efficiency.
The consultation in Pangantucan showed tremendous community support for the project, said FIBECO Institutional Service Department (ISD) Chief Armand Cantoy.
Aside from backstopping power supply in Bukidnon, the Pangantucan 5MVA sub-station will also expand the distribution capacity of FIBECO in the towns of Kalilangan and Wao, Lanao del Sur which are under it’s franchise area.
This project is part of our corporate commitment to upgrade our facilities and equipment to improve performance and enhance services to our member-consumers, FIBECO General Manager Engr. Renato S. Cortezano said. MEL N. VELEZ
P105 million perimeter stalls project
MARAMAG, Bukidnon – Construction of a perimeter in the Maramag Agro-Commercial Center has started in a prelude to the construction of the P105 million perimeter stalls project.
Municipal Engineer Tiburcio Macalam told the Durian Post workers are now securing the area for the 186 units of perimeter stalls.
The multi million project is an add-on component of the Maramag Agro-Commercial Center, which has the wet & dry market, food courts, ‘’ukay-ukay section and integrated bus terminal, Engr. Macalam added.
Maramag, the fastest growing and most progressive town in Southern Bukidnon, is undergoing drastic physical changes with various government projects being constructed.
The perimeter stalls project under a build-operate-transfer scheme funded by Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) would be finished in 520 days by contractors FUCC and Abratique and Associates, Engr. Macalam said. MEL N. VELEZ