BY JOEL CALAMBA ESCOL, Managing Editor
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY MAYOR Rolando “Klarex” Uy said during his radio program that Senator Miguel Zubiri assured him of his support should he plan to transfer City Hall to a bigger location.
In his radio program on Friday over Magnum Radio, the mayor reiterated that during last year’s campaign period he had a chance to talk to Senator Zubiri, and one of the details of their talks was the supposed transfer of City Hall.
The mayor revealed that Senator Zubiri has pledged to allocate P500 million as initial funds to start the relocation plan of City Hall to fully serve the growing clients of the City Government.
Mayor Uy said he made the disclosure to support the special report of City Councilor Edgar Cabanlas during a City Council session last January 9.
He said his administration is now seriously considering the said transfer because of the growing clamor of their clients who were always having problems where to park their vehicles during business licensing periods.
The business owners also complained that they have to spend two hours just to find parking space for their vehicles.
The city mayor noted the congestion of vehicles everyday at the City Hall premises of the city from private and government vehicles and motorcycles.
“If this is done by other cities and municipalities in Mindanao, there is no reason that the City Government of Cagayan de Oro cannot also do it,” the mayor explained.
He challenged the City Council to make a thorough study on this project, which could be considered one of the very ambitious projects of the current administration.
In his special report, City Councilor Cabanlas, chair of landed state and subdivision, moved for the relocation of City Hall to a bigger and convenient area – and where there is “one stop shop” for all people transacting at the City Hall, especially during the business licensing and renewal of businesses.
Cabanlas noted that other transactions are being made at the City Engineering Office in Barangay Kauswagan and other areas as other offices of some departments involved in the licensing and renewal of business permits are not found inside the City Hall.
City Councilor Cabanlas said transferring from one location to the other is very inconvenient for people renewing their business licenses every year.
“There is really a need now to transfer City Hall to a more convenient location to give easy access to our growing clients every year,” Cabanlas said. – with CIO report