Work on Pedro’s temple hits snag due to late fund release-A A +A
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
THE construction of the templete or small temple at the South Road Properties (SRP) for the thanksgiving mass for the canonization of Pedro Calungsod has experienced delays.
Fr. Raul Gallego, head of the committee on venue that the Archdiocese of Cebu created for Calungsod’s canonization, said work on the small temple is delayed by a week because funds were not released on time.
He expects the funds to be released by the finance committee today.
The construction of the pyramid-like templete at SRP is projected to cost P30 million.
So as not to further delay the project, Gallego said, they requested suppliers to provide the materials on credit.
“Giutang lang sa namo sa among supplier ang materials. The construction of the templete was supposed to start two weeks ago man gud but we started it just last week (We asked the supplier to advance the materials. Construction of the template was supposed to start two weeks ago but we only started last week),” Gallego said.
He said the small temple has to be completed before Calungsod’s canonization Oct. 21.
The canonization will be held at the St. Peter’s Square in Rome, but a celebration of the event will be held at the SRP.
The templete will house an altar and will be the centerpiece for the Nov. 21 national thanksgiving mass for Calungsod’s canonization. The temple will rise on a 700-square meter lot at the SRP.
In an interview at City Hall yesterday, Gallego appealed to the public to donate construction materials, such as steel bars, gravel and filling materials, for the temple.
“Sa pagkakaron, kuwang pa gyud among materyales (We don’t have enough construction materials),” he said.
Gallego said Hans Sy of SM Prime Holdings Inc. vowed to shoulder the cost of developing the site of the temple, including the construction of roads and connection to utilities.
The Archdiocese of Cebu earlier said the cost of developing the site will amount to P60 million.
Gallego also said the archdiocese received P30 million in pledges as of last week.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 28, 2012.