CAGAYAN, PHILIPPINES- Governor Manuel Mamba on Thursday, April 27, led the reopening of the provincial sub-capitol in Lal-lo town, a decade after it was closed by the previous provincial administration.
In his speech during the inauguration, Mamba said the sub-capitol is at the “right location” as it is situated at the heart of the province, making it accessible to the towns in Northern Cagayan.
The sub-capitol was first opened to public during the administration of Governor Edgar Ramones Lara but was closed when Governor Alvaro Antonio assumed into office.
“I know that this (reopening of the sub-capitol) was your dream, especially here at the First and Second District of the North. I had always believed in the wisdom of having a capitol [here],” Mamba said in a mix of Iloco and English.
The Cagayan capitol is located in Tuguegarao, a city at the southernmost part of the province, making it difficult for residents in the northernmost to avail services and ask assistance from the provincial government.
With the reopening of the “capitol of the North,” Mamba said his administration will be able “to give other people a chance to come near to ask for help.”
He also disclosed that the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) allotted P32 million fund for the construction of two multi-purpose evacuation centers in the province, one of which will be built inside the 24-hectare compound of the sub-capitol in Barangay Magapit.
Mamba said a P6.7 million training center for farmers will also be built inside the compound.
Town mayors, board members and other local officials attended the reopening. Northernforum.net