The long-dreamed covered court of the residents of Barangay Logon, Daanbantayan town has now come to reality as Governor Gwendolyn Garcia led its inauguration ceremony Sunday, November 22.
Barangay Captain Lemuel Daño expressed his delight and gratitude to Garcia and the Cebu Provincial Government for the multi-purpose covered court worth P2.7 million which will greatly benefit all of the island barangay’s residents .
“Dugay na ning gipangandoy namo nga naa mi makapasilongan sa panahon sa bagyo. Ug ma-normal na balik ang panahon, mahimo sab kini nga sports complex para sa mga ipahigayon nga basketball. Aside ana, pwede sab dinhi ang mga meetings sa barangay,” he said.
He urged his constituents to take care of the court so they can use it for a long time.
Garcia said the covered court is her way of thanking the Logonanons for supporting her fourth term as the governor of Cebu, considering her “long and storied past” with the island barangay popularly known as Malapascua Island.
“Hinaot kining covered court makahatag og kasayon kaninyo diri sa Malapascua. Kung ting-init, di mo mainitan, kung ting-uwan di mo mabasa. Alang kaninyong tanan kini, wala’y gipili, namotar man o wala,” she expressed.
She recalled receiving backlash during her first term in 2004 when she implemented the Malapascua Island Eco-tourism Development Plan crafted in 2002 during the term of then Governor Pablo Garcia.
The implementation of the plan meant removing the structures built along the shoreline and establishing a 20-meter easement zone to preserve the island’s white sand beach, which angered many residents, costing her win in the island in the elections during her first three terms.
“Karon nakita sa residents ang kanindot ug benefit sa set back. Nisamot katahom ang Malapascua. Matawag nga tinuod nga jewel of the north,” she said.
Daanbantayan Mayor Sun Shimura also thanked Garcia for the quick implementation of the project, which he called as a “miracle.”
“Last week diri ko, poste pa man to. Karon, naa na’y covered court. Daghan kaayo’ng salamat Gov sa wa’y puas nga pagpangga di lang sa Logon ug sa Daanbantayan, apan sa tibuok probinsya gyud,” he said.
Shimura also thanked the Provincial Board for approving the budget that made the project possible.
Provincial Engineer Hector Jamora said the covered court was built following national standards, ensuring its durability and resilience against disasters.
Aside from the covered court, Garcia also inaugurated a multi-purpose building situated in a 200-square meter lot donated by Marina Zozobrado, a midwife in the island for 38 years now.
Completed in 2019, the building was used as an evacuation center by nearby households when typhoon Ursula hit in December last year, she said.
This year, it also served as an isolation center for influenza-like illness and severe acute respiratory infection cases in the island, she added.
Garcia also inaugurated the new police outpost of the Daanbantayan police in the island. The structure has a detention cell and this was donated by the businessmen of Malapascua.
With the new police outpost, Shimura hoped locals, businesses, and soon tourists, will feel more secure while in the island.
Also present in the inauguration of the different infrastructure projects in Malapascua were the Provincial Board members, Department of Health 7 Director Dr. Jaime Bernadas, Cebu Provincial Police Office Director PCol. Aladdin Collado, Daanbantayan local officials, and Malapascua Island barangay councilors, tanods, health workers, daycare workers, among others. (Lianne Llesol)