TABUK CITY, Kalinga – Concerned sectors in this city expressed their all-out support to the proposed multi-million market development project that will elevate the city’s status to the highest pedestal among progressive local governments in the country.
Sources, who requested anonymity for security reasons, decried the desperate efforts of critics of Mayor Darwin C. Estranero to derail the implementation of the aforesaid project just to advance their personal and political interests and those of their benefactors who are simply using them simply to oppose whatever noble programs, projects and activities of the local government.
Earlier, some critics of the present administration petitioned a local court to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) and the subsequent writ of preliminary injunction to stop the proposed market development project being undertaken by the company serving as the city’s partner in the implementation of the project.
The sources pointed out that the motive of the mayor’s critics is simply to derail whatever projects that he wants to implement even if the said initiatives and endeavor is geared towards further improving the city’s current state to become one of the well developed and progressive cities not only in the north but also in the whole country.
While it is true that the country is a democratic State where every citizen is entitled to their own opinion, the sources claimed that the same should not serve as their license to hurl unfounded, unfair and biased criticisms against well planned development initiatives of the city which is for the welfare of the greater majority of the populace.
The local government partnered with SEC Mall Developers to implement the proposed P640 million development of the city public market in Bulanao for the establishment of a modern market facility coupled with the existence of a central terminal that will cater to the marketing needs of the increasing population.
The sources argued that the results of the recently concluded May 9, 2022 where Mayor Estranero was re-elected for his second term speaks well of the trust and confidence bestowed by the people to his ability to lead the city to greater heights.
According to them, Mayor Estranero possesses the vision for the city’s development where the city’s major thrusts had already been laid out during his first term and started to be executed in the next several years thereby ensuring the city’s aggressive progress.
The sources disclosed that in fact, the affected vendors, after the conduct of series of consultations, signed individual waivers giving their consent for the implementation of the project where they will stand to benefit with better condition and state of their stalls among others.
The sources appealed to the people not to be persuaded by the desperate efforts of the present administration’s critics to mislead them with their unfair, unfounded and biased accusations that is simply geared towards maligning the personality of certain local officials instead of dwelling on the real issues that impact on the lives of the people, especially that the way forward is to recover from the heavy impact inflicted by the ongoing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.