KABUGAO, Apayao – Some P10 million was earmarked in the 2017 national budget to construct a new 2-storey building for the Municipal Circuit Trial Court (MCTC) of Kabugao-Conner.
The ground-breaking ceremony and laying of the time capsule for the construction of the new MCTC building were held simultaneously with the province’s celebration of its 22nd founding anniversary held in the capital town.
Rep. Eleanor Bulut-Begtang was responsible for sourcing out the funds from the concerned government agencies for the construction of the new court building to help improve the old structure which is currently being used by the MCTC.
The new MCTC building will be a 2-storey structure that will house the sala of the court, offices of the court officials and employees and sufficient parking spaces for court workers and clients.
The court building will be located near the municipal hall and closed gymnasium of Kabugao town to allow clients to have easier access to the services provided to the residents of Kabugao and Conner towns.
Gov. Elias C. Bulut, Jr. said the implementation of numerous infrastructure development in the various towns of the province will greatly help in effectively and efficiently improving the delivery of basic services to the people in the different parts of the province in the future.
“We are elated that the MCTC of Kabugao and Conner is a recipient of a new building that will surely help improve the delivery of the appropriate services to the clients of the court. We certainly need to improve the state of the court building for more efficient and effective services to the people in need of assistance from the local court,” Bulut stressed.
For her part, Begtang assured residents that she will continue to make the appropriate representations with the concerned government agencies to provide adequate funds to bankroll the implementation of appropriate programmed development projects that will contribute to improving economic activities even in the remotest communities of the province to help provide and generate sufficient employment opportunities for residents and increase their sources of livelihood.
She called on the residents to seek assistance from the concerned government agencies in their places so that they will be able to maximize the services intended for them to help in improving their living condition, especially those in the remote villages of the province.
Begtang claimed there is still a need to increase the implementation of more development projects in the different parts of the province to provide residents with available employment opportunities and sources of livelihood that will contribute in spurring economic growth in the future.
Apayao has been one of the top 20 poorest provinces in the country in 2012 but its condition has drastically improved over the past several years following a significant reduction of poverty incidents based on the 2015 poverty survey.