LUGAIT, the last town west of Misamis Oriental, got P7 million from the Capitol’s coffers to fund the improvement of its public gymnasium and sports complex on Monday, November 22, 2021.

Governor Bambi Emano personally handed over the check to Lugait Mayor Zosimo Perez and his wife, Vice Mayor Lilian Perez the weekly flag-raising rites at the Capitol.

Mayor Perez expressed gratitude to Governor Emano saying the gym is badly needed as its multi-purpose venue where to hold cultural presentations and other official activities. It also serves as sports venue and evacuation center during calamities.

Governor Emano said the fund is the special request of Mayor Perez in 2018.

Provincial General Services Office head Mr. Matthew Valleser said the amount was included in the 2019 budget, but its release was held due to the town’s ongoing construction of the municipal museum worth P1 million.

Accounting and auditing rules and regulations say Local Government Units (LGUs) like Lugait, must complete first the ongoing project before another project is undertaken.

Mr. Valleser said in 2020, the Provincial Government again failed to release the amount in the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, of which government processes and human resources are limited.

“Narealize najud akong gipangandoy kaniadto so dako kaayo kog pasalamat niini Governor Bambi kay kini dako kay ni’g ikatabang sa among lungsod nga mahimong bag-ong landscape nga makita sa katawhan sa lungsod sa Lugait nga kita kanunay galantaw sa kalambuan sa among lungsod…. Ikaw gayud kanunay gasuporta kanamo sa among lungsod, daghan kaayong salamat Gob,” Mayor Perez told Governor Emano.