After a long and patient wait, the officials and residents of Barangay Taclobo, one of the city’s largest barangays, finally gets to have its own lot that will be the site of the mini-government center where all the barangay facilities would be situated.

Local officials led by Dumaguete City Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, students of Taclobo High School and officials of the Deped City Division led by Dr. Juditha Mapue, representing Superintendent Evangel Luminarias, gathered at the newly purchased lot, Friday morning, to break ground for the new covered court and barangay hall.

Mayor Remollo secured the support of Senator Bam Aquino Aquino for the construction of Barangay Hall for Barangay Taclobo with a budget of P 4 million and a Covered Court from Senator Sonny Angara with a budget of P 5 million. Both buildings should be finished within the next 6 months provided there will be no delays.

He also lauded the support of the City Council for appropriating almost P 8 million needed for the purchase of a 4, 000 square meter lot as the new government center for Barangay Taclobo.

Speaking on behalf of his constituents and members of the Sangguniang Barangay, Taclobo Punong Barangay Roger Bohol credited Mayor Remollo and other officials for their efforts to provide Taclobo with a lot and the facilities that will improve the delivery of basic services.

Present during the ground breaking ceremony were: Vice-Mayor Alan Cordova, Board Member Manuel Sagarbarria, Councilor Agustin Miguel Perdices, Lilani Ramon, Nelson Patrimonio, Liga ng mga Barangay President Dione Amores, SK President Lei Marie Danielle Tolentino, other Punong Barangays, department heads, residents and students.

Mayor Remollo also announced that a 10-meter wide access road will also be built so that students and faculty members of the Taclobo National High School, City Deped City Division, barangay officials and constituents can utilize and help provide alternate routes for motorists.

City Engineer Edwin Quirit has also been instructed to ensure that the concrete flooring of the covered court will also be completed almost at the same time with the structure.

Mayor Remollo also shared that the construction of the full span concrete bridge at the back of Foundation University will start this month while the bridge near the BIR will undergo public bidding probably next week with an approved budget of P 50 million. He appealed to the residents, who will be affected of the construction of the proposed Colon Bridge to be more patient, as they will be temporarily given road-right-of-way in privately owned lots while construction is ongoing.

In his closing remarks, Vice-Mayor Alan Gel Cordova stressed that the sincere efforts of Mayor Remollo in providing vital facilities and the acquisition of lots for the enjoyment of the barangay officials and constituents will redound to the promotion of the general welfare.