Mayor Rogelio Raymund Tongson Jr. said yesterday, February 21, that Himamaylan City has availed of a P500 million loan from Land Bank of the Philippines for the dredging and desilting of its waterways, the improvement of the Aguisan port and various other projects.
Tongson said the city government is buying two dredgers for the desilting of its rivers and coastal areas, the deepening and expansion of the Aguisan Port, the construction of an esplanade, and putting up of an organic market.
The city will operate the port, he said.
The mayor said he is upbeat about the development of Himamaylan, pointing out that in just one year and a half three, banks have opened in the city, which for the longest time only had one bank that closed down.
Another bank and more restaurants are also expected to open in Himamaylan soon, Tongson said.
He said a Ceres Bus Terminal also opened in the city last year.
Meanwhile, Tongson said the Himamaylan City government is preparing for the mass COVID-19 vaccination drive.
The city government has allotted an initial P1 million for the purchase of vaccines and has P5 million on standby to augment the supply that will be provided by the national government if needed.*