Investing and funding its own local development courtesy of a better revenue collection and a judicious use of its Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), Trinidad staved off P21.47 million to shore up on its infrastructure projects that are again intended to make profitable returns.
On its platinum anniversary, Trinidad Mayor Judith Cajes also bares a total of 57.86 million worth of projects that the town leadership implemented, all of it, to winch the town a notch higher in its ladder of development.
Part of that is funded by the P11 million revenues the town generated as added to its IRA capability in 2017, Mayor Cajes explained.
In her State Of the Town Address (SOTA) delivered before a throng of residents joining the town’s 70th Founding Anniversary, Mayor Cajes narrated the big ticket projects that the town implements this year, all of which are locally funded as a highlight of the local leadership’s priorities.
More than the P21 million, Trinidad led the way for real-time monitoring of the town’s activities through its over P16 M of Fiber Optic Network with a CCTV system that fielded a total of 102 high definition cameras keeping local peace monitors a real time eye on the town’s public infrastructures and public areas, main thoroughfares as well as highways especially in its boundaries.
A commercial building which it constructed out of P8,000,000 in 2016 is now completed and is expected to generate rentals; the entire building now houses one name synonymous to a discount store in Bohol; the new Shopper’s Mart in the town.
Another P1.94 million carenderia stall is now opened for bidding to beckon food business tenants after having been cleared for occupancy, she said.
The town also implemented after funding a P812,000 municipal road which leads to the wet market section of the towns commercial hub.
For tourism, Mayor Cajes also bared that they have continued to implement the improvement of Batongay Twin Peak and Kawasan Falls, its major eco-tourism product in barangay Banlasan and Santo Tomas.
With the Local Government Unit owned and operated Trinidad Municipal College (TMC), which the mayor openly acknowledges as its top income generator, investing in the facility appeared logical.
A P9 million investment from the town’s IRA gest to build 10 more classrooms, while the administration has opened up additional courses this year: BS Marine Engineering, Marine Transportation and BS Tourism.
This year, from the budget last year, Trinidad spent nearly P1.5 million for the restoration and renovation of the old TMC to be converted to more classrooms to the town’s school.
It also invested P1.75 million in the construction of a covered drainage canal and concreting of its school grounds, reports the lady mayor in her SOTA she normally delivers every September 1.
For its school canteen, the town allocated and implemented the P1.16 million so that the school’s 2250 students can be served better.
As to its high impact projects they intend to put up to bring progress to the town rising from the barter trades along Ipil River, Trinidad also announces its 2017 projects.
Biggest among these projects is the P26, 798, 720 Waterworks Construction Phase 2 which funding the town sourced through the Assistance to Disadvantaged Municipalities, she said.
Funded partly by the Bottom-Up-Budgeting worth P17.093 million, the project also earned a local counterpart.
When completed, the town expects better access to level 3 water systems for the town’s poor which, she also adds, could bring down the incidence of waterborne diseases and plug a health issue of the town.
In fact, the mayor said the town is ready to accept applications for water connections starting September 2.
As to disaster preparedness, Trinidad also got from the national government funds for the construction of P10.242 million worth of evacuation centers now up for complete implementation in Poblacion and Hinlayagan Ilaya.
In the event of storms and earthquakes where there is a need to evacuate communities especially during forced evacuation, these two venues can be used, she said.
The town’s people’s park, which has been identified as a public greenbelt showcase now gets P14.117 million for its site development and leveling; soon the town’s new commercial complex also rises from here.
Another P12 million has been tagged for the Corazon Aquino People’s Park for a public market construction, the mayor noted.
For its social services, the town continues to allocate P1.182M for its senior citizens and persons with disabilities, nearly a million for its nutritional feeding and supplementation program, as well as some P3.3 million for its Medicare para sa Masa’s 500 enrolled indigents.
The town also set aside P2.78 million for its health priorities and a P2million allocation for the establishment of a new public cemetery, she added.
Over P4 million is the town’s KALAHI counterpart. (PIA)