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Thursday, October 21, 2021

Sta. Josefa town in AgSur develops new projects for locals

By Jennifer P. Gaitano

BUTUAN CITY – Amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, the local government unit (LGU) of Sta. Josefa in the province of Agusan del Sur continued to create and establish developmental projects that benefited the populace of said municipality.

When asked about these projects during the Network Briefing News hosted by Secretary Martin Andanar of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), Mayor Symond Otacan Caguiat of Sta. Josefa said that they have started the construction of a new public market which is bigger and more spacious. 

“The validation is ongoing for our tenants and renters. We also upgraded our old market which is 30 years old and dilapidated already, so that others could still use it and sell different products. Hopefully by November we can fully operationalize the new public market in the municipality,” said Caguiat.

Apart from the public market, the LGU is also working on establishing a stable drinking water system. “The Sta. Josefa water system is my priority project. We have an existing water system, a deep well pump, which has high operating expenses and the water quality is not that great, the reason why we came up with other alternative to address this concern,” Caguiat said.

“We discovered a good water source in one of our barangays so I had a plan drawn up and we saw that it was a viable source of potable drinking water. The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) granted us almost P50 million that we used for the project,” the mayor added.

It was also learned that the project costs P200 million and an initial fund of P50 million was already used to implement up to Phase 4 of the said project.

With these developments, Mayor Caguiat expressed hopes that the locals would support the LGU’s endeavors and properly utilize and sustain all these projects. (JPG/PIA-Agusan del Sur)