By ALFREDO P HERNANDEZ
JOSE Panganiban Mayor Ricarte Padilla has obtained a P500,000-funding for the completion of the Senior Citizens' center buildings in Larap and Luklukan Sur.
Padilla told MWBuzz that the office of Vice-President Jejomar Binay recently advised him that a total of P500,000 has been approved for the building of a center for Senior Citizens in Larap and in Luklukan Sur
Binay is responsible for the promotion of the welfare of Senior Citizens in the Philippines.
"The money could come by the end of this month (May)," he said, adding that the documents for the funds' release are now being processed.
"That building (in Larap) is about 67 percent complete ... so the P250,000 funding would be used to put up the roof and the floorings along with the finishing touches," the mayor told MWBuzz.
Padilla was responding to query from Mrs Josefina Francisco, who is president of the Senior Citizens of Larap Association, as to when the Larap Senior Citizens' center would be completed
Reacting to the good news, Mrs Francisco told MWBuzz that the Senior Citizens in Larap would no longer have to move from one house to another just to be able to hold their regular meetings.
Thanking Padilla, she said that she knew they mayor won't fail the more than 200 members of their association on their request for a center, which is located at the heart of Larap.
The center, which measures about 5m x 10m, is just a shell of hollow block walls, with the roof and floor still to be built.
Mrs Francisco said that they are planning to do some fundraising activities such as public dance and raffle draws for the purchase of furniture and fixtures that would be used at the center.