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Surigao Norte gov leads training center groundbreaking

By Eugenio Lira, Jr.

SURIGAO CITY, Feb. 6  – Governor Sol Forcadilla-Matugas led on Friday the groundbreaking ceremony for the Surigao del Norte Provincial Training Center inside the Provincial Sports Complex along the Surigao del Norte National High school road attended by local officials and officials from national line agencies.

The lady governor was joined by Rep. Francisco Matugas, City Mayor Ernesto Matugas, Board Member Margarito Longos, League of Municipalities President Mayor Sheila May Orquina-Cebedo, Dapa Mayor Peter “Boy” Ruaya, Placer Mayor Felimon Napule, Malimono Mayor Teodoro Senaca, Claver Mayor Rosemarie Gokiangkee, Del Carmen Mayor Alfredo Coro II, Burgoz Mayor Rolito Nogaliza, Taganaan Mayor Cesar Diaz, San Francisco Mayor Simplicia Bacol, Gigaquit Mayor Carlos Egay, Sr. and Sison Mayor Leicester Fetalvero.

Also attending were Prov’l. Engineer Alwin Puno, Prov’l. Manpower Training Officer Emilio Pantejo, Prov’l. Attorney Primolito Plaza, Prov’l. Tourism Officer Yvonne Beltran, Prov’l. Budget Officer Gay Cotiangco, Prov’l. Treasurer Daisy Hubilla, Caraga Tri-Media President Roberto Parada, DepEd Superintendent Evelyn Fetalvero, Prov’l. Philhealth Officer Rodrigo Ariar and Ass’t. Prov’l Agriculturist Rebecca Bagnol.

In her speech, Matugas said the establishment of the training center is part of the economic enterprise agenda to boost income generation for the provincial government.

“We will only charge minimal fees to agencies that would like to conduct training-workshops and avail of the outstanding facilities of the training center. This is our way of helping them in their austerity measures but avail of our quality service in the process,” Matugas said.

Engr. Puno disclosed that P10-million from the DILG-Local Government Support Fund will be earmarked for Phase 1 construction of the 1,200-square meter two-storey training facility which will start next month. This will include the administration building, a library equipped with computers, a 150-person capacity air-conditioned seminar room, an 86-bed capacity air-conditioned dormitory, a kitchen, a prayer room and a spacious parking lot, the provincial engineer added.

“Gov. Sol Matugas and Rep. Francisco Matugas have committed to allocate at least P5-million for Phase 2 construction of the training center. The amount will be used to purchase the necessary equipments and install additional features to the facility to make it competitive with other leading training hubs in Mindanao,” Puno said.

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