P6.7-M rehab of Palo municipal building completed-A A +A
Saturday, March 15, 2014
PALO, Leyte – The P6.7-million rehabilitation of the Palo Municipal Building funded by President Benigno Aquino that was damaged during the onslaught of Supertyphoon Yolanda in November 2013 is already completed, said Mayor Remedios “Matin” Petilla.
Mayor Petilla said the completion of the repair, particularly the second floor of the new building, was made possible through the support of President Aquino.
The new building’s roof sustained damages while its glass windows shattered during the typhoon.
“But look at it now, it’s back to its old look before the typhoon. We really worked hard for the municipal building to recover from the devastation,” Mayor Petilla said in an interview.
Despite its destruction, the municipal building was and still is the command center for relief operation for the municipality of Palo.
Freshly painted walls and ceilings and new glass windows have been noted inside and outside of the building.
The lady mayor added that they decided to install glass windows but fortified them to minimize damage during similar incidents.
The municipal hall’s face-lifting was started in 2012. It was noted to have preserved its original design and maintained a classic look reminiscent of houses of old.
“Reusable” structures and materials from the old building were re-installed to preserve the old look of the building.
The new building was first used during the inauguration of newly elected municipal officials in June 2013 before it was ravaged and the rest of the town during the super typhoon in November 2013.
With repair works still ongoing in other parts of the building, the municipal government continues to hold their official transactions at the Municipal Gymnasium.
However, the local chief executive is holding office at the new Mayor’s Office occupying one room inside the new structure. (PNA)