“For how many years nga naga agwanta ang atong munisipyo sa gagmay and limited nga offices and establishments, walay terminal, old na public market, and daghan kaayong ISF ang nanginahanglan og housing, ang pag-abot aning mga proyekto kay dakong tabang sa atong komunidad,” said Mayor Pacquiao.
The mayor added that once completed, the presence of the infrastructure projects will further prove that Maasim is potential for investments and more developmental projects. With its extensive fight to end the rampancy of substance abuse in the community, the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Maasim conducted a groundbreaking ceremony on February 10 for its P5M-worth drug treatment and rehabilitation center.
“Nalipay ta kay matukod na ni pero nangandoy ta na di ni magamit. May this project be an encouragement for the people to pursue a more peaceful community,” said Mayor Pacquiao. Subsequently, on February 18, a groundbreaking ceremony was also conducted for the P25M-worth housing project which is set to provide a secure, decent, safe, and comfortable housing facility.
The 80-unit housing project will benefit some identified informal settler families (ISF) of the town, especially those who are living along the shoreline who are continually affected by storm surges and those living by the riverbanks prone to flooding.
The project fund is from the National Housing Authority (NHA) which initially downloaded P15M. The remaining P10M will be downloaded once the first tranche of the project reaches 80% completion.
Last year, Maasim started the construction of its P270M-worth public market (Phases I, II and III) and the P120M-worth integrated transport terminal which both are expected to be completed this year.
The projects are implemented under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) - Sarangani District Engineering Office under the Local Infrastructure Program CY 2021 which fund is taken from the Office of Senator Pacquiao and the town’s General Appropriations Act of 2021.
A P36M-worth evacuation center is also under construction which will be used in times of disasters and calamities.
These huge projects are all located within the 12 hectares of land purchased by LGU Maasim in Barangay Poblacion.
Pacquiao also disclosed that the construction of the diversion road is next to come in Maasim.
He said that the project has already been appropriated with an initial fund worth P25M which will traverse from the public market site going to Barangay Colon.
Also, the development of the town’s fish port, construction of the bay walk, land banking, opening of more roads, and enhancement of agriculture and aquaculture products are among the top priories of Mayor Pacquiao. (Joshua John Pantonial/SARANGANI PROVINCIAL INFORMATION OFFICE Photo by John Ihrol Mercado taken on February 18 during the groundbreaking ceremony of the 80-unit housing project at Barangay Poblacion.