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 August 9, 2004, Monday

The Municipal Development Fund Office - Local Government Financial Development  (MDFO-LOGOFIND) Team evaluated the proposed Reconstruction of Municipal Health Center project of the municipality during the ocular inspection conducted on August 2-4, 2004.  The Team is composed of 4 personnel from the LOGOFIND Central Project Management Office headed by its Team Leader, Mr. Dondon Almonacid.  The other members of the team are Economist Ace Neptuno, Electrical Engineer Roylito Escala and Design Engineering Associate Arch. Dondon Ong.

The LOGOFIND team made a courtesy visit to Mayor Butardo upon their arrival to the municipality.  After which they called for a kick-off meeting with the concerned municipal officials to gather first-hand data relevant for the proposed sub-project.  For two days, the team made ocular inspections at the project site, gathered data, made their observations and posed issues and concerns regarding the proposed Health Center renovation.  An exit meeting was also conducted by the team before their take-off to LOGOFIND Office which was held on August 4, 2004 at the MPDC Office.  This was attended by Mayor Manny Butardo, SB Member Marte Caparros, MPDC Russell Narte, Engr. Gregoria Arguelles, Treasurer Adoracion Caparros, OIC-Budget Officer Marichu Alcantara, Project Engr. Enrique Villanea and Dr. Jojo Ardiente. 

Preliminary Cost Estimate of the Project reached 6 Million Pesos.  If approved, the project will be funded by WB-LOGOFIND on a 50-40-10 cost sharing scheme.  50% of the project cost will be granted free by MDFO-LOGOFIND, 40% will be in the form of Loan at 12% interest per annum payable in 15 years, and 10% Equity share by the Municipal Government. 

Dr. Jojo Ardiente together with all the MHO staff highly expects for the approval and immediate implementation of the proposed sub-project.  Once renovated, it will greatly help them in attaining their goal and mission of providing better and efficient health services to the populace. 

The renovated health center will be equipped with the necessary equipment to make it a 24-hour Lying-in center with at least 3-bed capacity delivery-recovery room.
 August 13, 2004, Friday

Senator Franklin Drilon granted One Million Pesos Funding Assistance to the Municipality of Guinayangan, Quezon for the Concreting of the peripheral road in the newly constructed public market in Barangay Calimpak.   In a letter sent to the Office of the Municipal Mayor by the Senator, this grant is sourced from the Senatorial Development Assistance Fund under RA 9206 Continuing Appropriation and under the Department of Budget and Management Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) No. ROCS-04-00529.

MPDC Russell C. Narte has coordinated with the Office of Senator Drilon for the immediate transfer of said grant to the municipal coffer so as to start the concreting of the peripheral road in the soonest time.

Meanwhile, the Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) has already conducted the public bidding for the said works on July 23, 2004.  R. V. Laborte Builders, the contractor from Lucena City submitted the lowest calculated bid in the amount of P 973,302.49.  The BAC Secretariat is currently preparing for the Notice of Award and other necessary documents for the signing of contract between the contractor and the municipal government.

 August 16, 2004, Monday

Mayor Manny requested P20 Million funding assistance from the Senatorial Priority Development Assistance Fund of Hon. Senator Rodolfo Biazon for the proposed Rehabilitation of Dungawan Farm to Market Road and the Rehabilitation of Sta. Cruz-Ermita-San Roque Farm to Market Road.  The assistance of Hon. Erin Taada was also sought to back and expedite the granting of said request by the Senator.

As can be recalled, Senator Biazon also provided the municipality early this semester with P 500,000.00 funding assistance for the Concreting of Manggagawa Barangay Road.  The Municipality is just awaiting for the transfer of said fund by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to the municipal coffer so as to start the concreting of the road.

Once granted, the rehabilitation of the aforesaid farm-to-market roads will greatly boast food productions as well as the faster delivery of basic services in the area thereby reducing poverty and improving the socio-economic conditions of the rural families.







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