KORONADAL City – The Department of Agriculture (DA) in Region 12 unveiled on Thursday its newly-completed P75 million field office at the regional government center complex here.
Dubbed “Agri-PinoyCenter,” the three-story modern facility was formally inaugurated by DA regional and national officials led by Secretary Proceso Alcala in festive rites on Thursday morning.
The event was also graced by Governors Daisy Avance-Fuentes of South Cotabato and Emmylou Talino-Mendoza of North Cotabato; North Cotabato representatives Jesus Sacdalan of the first and Jose Tejada of the third district; and Koronadal City Mayor Peter Miguel.
“After almost a decade of waiting, we finally have a permanent home here in Region 12,” Alcala said.
He urged DA-12 officials and personnel to complement the completion of their new field office with better and more efficient services.
The new DA-12 field office building was completed earlier this month after nearly 11 months of construction.
The project’s construction and development works started in August last year after its contract was awarded to Cotabato City-based firm FFFJ Construction Company.
A briefer said the project’s funding was approved by the DA central office under the DA-12’s budget in 2013.
Koronadal City was designated as Region 12’s regional center by virtue of Executive Order (EO) 304 issued in March 2004 by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
EO 304 also sets the immediate transfer of all regional line agencies, departments and offices from Cotabato City, the previous regional center, to Koronadal City.
DA-12, along with its attached agencies, immediately transferred to the area but opted to lease office buildings and spaces within the city proper due to the huge financial requirements of building a permanent office structure.
ZaldyBoloron, DA-12’s regional technical director for operations, said they are targeting to fully transfer to their new offices by January next year. pna