AFTER nine straight years in the top post, Alegria’s mayor is stepping down in June, but there is no slowing down in the implementation of infrastructure projects in the southwest Cebu town.

During her State of the Municipality Address delivered at the Alegria Municipal Plaza on March 24, 2022, Mayor Verna Magallon said among the ongoing projects are the Alegria Public Market and a coronavirus disease (Covid-19) isolation facility that are almost completed, and a seawall project in Heritage Park in Barangay Poblacion.

Magallon said when Covid-19 ceases to become a threat, the new isolation facility, complete with paraphernalia, would be operated as an “infirmary hospital with laboratory diagnostic equipment.”

The isolation facility is being built under the Kalahi-Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Tourism

In the coming days, the mayor said, the town would start work on the Alegria Aquatica in Barangay Poblacion near the Heritage Park to complement the Alegria Esplanade, a Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) project to be built along the town’s coastal area.

The Alegria Esplanade is a road rehabilitation project incorporating four lanes for vehicles, a bicycle lane, a seawall and a boardwalk, going from Barangay Legaspi to the other Cebu towns. It is intended to rebuild and improve the two-lane Cebu National Road on the Alegria coast destroyed byTyphoon Odette (Rai) last Dec. 16.

Magallon said the DPWH would give a building for the relocation of some residents in the coastal areas, especially those in Barangay Madridejos who had no place to relocate, with the LGU providing the land as its counterpart in the project.

For relocation in Barangays Santa Filemona, Poblacion and Legaspi, she said the LGU had also set aside a budget to buy land for relocation sites for those who would be affected by the DPWH’s road widening.

To boost tourism, she said the town was also set to begin the development of a mountain resort in Libo Hills in Barangay Lepanto.

Also in the coming days, Magallon said in her speech delivered almost entirely in Cebuano, “we will build a building worth P5 million using financial assistance from the Cebu Provincial Government for the housing of our bamboo industry.”

Bamboo

Under the Department of Trade and Industry’s One Town, One Product (Otop) program to enable localities to develop and promote local products or services, the Alegria local government unit (LGU) had picked bamboo products as its Otop.

Magallon said the bamboo farmers had started planting in 2014 had grown and could now be used for their intended products and the LGU had sought P1 million from the Department of Science and Technology “to buy equipment for the bamboo industry we aspire for.”

“We can also connect to the factories in the Mactan Economic Zone and other furniture factories so we can offer to serve as their subcontractors for big-volume bamboo products,” she said in Cebuano.

Another thing to look forward to is the rise of a campus of the Cebu Technological University (CTU), after the municipal council approved the construction of the school to bring “free education” closer to the residents, Magallon said.

The local government will provide two hectares of land in Barangay Santa. Filomena across the Sports Complex as its counterpart for the construction of the CTU buildings this year, the mayor announced.

In addition, she said in a few months, new buildings for the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Philippine National Police would also be built on land that the LGU would give as counterpart.

Though Magallon will step down as mayor in three months’ time, she will still be able to oversee the completion of her projects if she wins the four-cornered race for vice mayor in the May elections.