SAGADA MOUNTAIN PROVINCE - A 5 million peso tourism building is being questioned for being projected to be built in front of the municipal building posing traffic gridlock and congestion.
A resolution from the Sangguniang Bayan here asked the Tourism Infrastructure And Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA to reprogram the 5 million peso tourism fund sourced from said agency for the construction of a tourist information center and comfort room in front of the new municipal building to the improvement of the old municipal hall to house said tourism facility instead.
This, as former vice mayor Richard Yodong asked Department of Tourism (DOT) Secretary Ramon Jimenez to realign the P15 million TIEZA fund for the municipality’s tourism-related projects to the development of the Mission Compound further saying that that projected site for the tourism building is “misplaced”.
One of the projects jointly identified with the mayor’s office and the Sanguniang Bayan is the construction of a comfort room and a Tourism Information Center worth P5 million from TIEZA’s grant of 15 million pesos.
The SB noted that construction of said structure allows the crowding of the town hall with nearby buildings thus creating congestion and unsightly scene in the center of the town and further leads to occurrence of traffic issues.
A resolution in 2013 was issued by the former SB authorizing Mayor Eduardo Latawan to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the implementation of identified projects following letter from TIEZA that revised plans have been approved after the SB Resolution in 2012 asked that bidding be suspended due to difference on project listing between the SB and the Mayor’s Office. The previous SB then initiated the proposal to TIEZA in 2010 with identified project listings.
Bidding for the proposed projects funded by TIEZA have already been conducted following the lifted by the current legislative body in a resolution superseding the 2012 SB’s suspension of bidding.
Other projects sourced from the 15 million TIEZA fund were bidded September 2015 aside from the tourism building. These are the construction of comfort rooms near Sumaguing Cave, Bangaan, Bumod-ok Falls, and Kiltepan Viewpoint; landscaping of Municipal Park; installation of guard rails at Echo Valley; improvement of pathway to Bokong Falls and Bomod-ok Falls, health and safety program, and signages.
link here too http://www.sunstar.com.ph/baguio/local-news/2015/11/15/sagada-council-wants-p5m-tourism-center-realigned-441697