By Chester Capua (Weekly Good News)

Burying the time capsule in the ground breaking ceremony of The LGU Ville

Bayambang – A momentous activity last March 25, 2019, happened in the municipality of Bayambang. The signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the distribution of Notice Approval for the Villa Magsaysay Housing Project, the awarding of Certificate of Occupancy for the Ancop Village beneficiaries, and the groundbreaking of LGU Bayambang employee’s housing project was held at Bical Sur, Bayambang.

Groundbreaking ceremony of The LGU Ville

PAG-IBIG Fund Officers Homelending Operations-Luzon Group  Vice President Atty. Joseph Quiboloy, Business Development Sector Senior Vice President Fermin Sta Teresa Jr, Business Development Department- North Luzon Department Manager III Josephine Reyes and Bayambang’s government officials, Mayor Cezar Quiambao and Municipal Administrator Atty. Raymundo Bautista together with Vice Mayor Raul Sabangan, the municipal councilors and LGUs marked the important event. In partnership with PAGIBIG FUND and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Bayambang, “The LGU Ville” was established.


Earlier, the LGU of Bayambang had commenced an awarding event prior to the groundbreaking ceremony. They awarded a certificate and a donation worth one hundred thousand pesos (P100,000) to the Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender, Queers, and Intersex (LGBTQI) Association of Bayambang for their sustainable livelihood program. Certificate of Completion for the Basic Computer Literacy Training to the senior citizens for the 60th Public Library Day, a certificate for the awarding of SINGKAPITAL 2019 to Bayambang National High School performers, and the awarding for the Most Oustanding Athletes of the Taekwondo team that participated in the national competitions.

[L-R, Back] Mayor Cezar Quiambao, VM Raul Sabangan, Coun. Martin Terrado II, Coun. Amory Junio, Coun. Rodelito Bautista Jr, Dr. Joel Cayabyab, Head Jocelyn Espejo, and Atty Raymundo Bautista [Front]LGBTQI representatives

Every employee dreamt of owning a house. That is why the local government of Bayambang established a “pabahay” project that prioritizes the housing need and welfare of its government employees. After the inauguration of the “ANCOP Village”, the government didn’t stop there. It was just the start of the government’s commitment to helping the homeless Bayambangueños and improving their lives. A commitment that is part of the 10-year BPRP Anti – Poverty project of Mayor Quiambao’s administration. This time with the participation of PAG-IBIG, it aims to address the basic housing need of its constituents.

Fermin in his speech was grateful to the mayor for the trust in the project partnership. At the same time, he shared that Mayor Quiambao and PAG-IBIG shared the same vision and mission in providing decent homes for every Filipino family, and this will also serve as their support for the shelter program of the national government. “On top of that, we are also giving chances for the employees earning below twelve thousand pesos (P12,000) where PAG-IBIG Fund subsidizes the interests rates and each member will only pay a minimum of three (3) percent interest rate for the first five (5) years. This program is to make sure that our lower-income earners like security guards, salesladies, household helpers, and other associations including drivers, the association of the drivers, and other community organizations will also be given a chance to avail the housing for their families,” Fermin added.

Mayor Quiambao arriving at the event.

Mayor Quiambao and the municipality hoping to sustain the budget, this project was decided to be included under the local government’s Special Economic Enterprise because the government needs additional revenues by 2020 – 2021. “This will replace our expected income from the disposal of the assets in PAG-IBIG so that we will not go below the half-billion mark of the budget of Bayambang,” he quoted. “I hope that this will be successful being the first LGU project as a developer.” 

After signing the Memorandum of Understanding. [L-R] Atty. Raymundo Bautista, Vice Mayor Raul Sabangan, Mayor Cezar Quiambao, PAG-IBIG Fund Mr Fermin Sta Teresa, Atty. Joseph Quiboloy, Ms. Josephine Reyes and Coun. Amory Junio

The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding for the project and signatories of the officials and a photo opportunity together with the councilors, followed by the “time capsule” groundbreaking ceremony and the awarding of certificate of occupancy for the CFC-ANCOP Housing Project beneficiaries was made official to the public. Meanwhile, the awarding of the Notice of Approval for the Villa Magsaysay beneficiaries, and the draw lots of the designated houses to be given away for the Ancop Village took place later that afternoon.

Awarding of Certificate of Occupancy to one of the Ancop beneficiaries, Erlinda Valdez with Mayor Cezar Quiambao, Ms. Lerma Padagas, and Municipal councilors.



Photo: [L-R] Fr. Carmelo Carreon, KKSBFI Romyl Junio, Mrs. Julie Fernandez, Dr. Henry Fernandez, Mayor Cezar Quiambao, Mrs. Niña Quimbao, Arch. Jerry Suratos and Fr. Allen Romero  

By Chester Capua (Weekly Good News)

Bayambang – A press conference for the upcoming Bayambang Pista’y Baley that will run from  April 1-8, 2019, and the upcoming inauguration of the much-awaited, record-breaking bamboo-supported sculpture of St. Vincent Ferrer was held at Mayor Quiambao’s SVV residence last Saturday, March 16, 2019.

Present in the press conference are Bayambang Mayor Cezar Quiambao and his wife, Mrs. Niña Quiambao, Consultant Fr. Carmelo Carreon, Kasama Kita sa Barangay Foundation Inc (KKSBFI) Executive Director Romyl Junio, Hermana Mayor Mrs. Julie Fernandez, Hermano Mayor Dr. Henry Fernandez, Project Manager Arch. Jerry Suratos and St. Vincent Parish Priest Fr. Allen Romero.


With this year’s theme, “Bayang Pinagtibay ng Pagkakaisa at Pananampalataya laban sa Kahirapan” and the mayor’s BPRP 10-year action plan against poverty, Bayambang has grown into a highly- progressive and well-developed municipality within the past years. Much to be thankful for the successes and accomplishments of the town is the guidance of their guardian saint, Bayambang’s patron saint, St. Vincent Ferrer where Bayambang will celebrate the 400th founding anniversary of St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Church and the patron saint’s 600th  death anniversary. The Jubilee celebration will take place this coming April 2019, and the municipality of Bayambang will set to attempt a Guinness World Record of “The tallest bamboo supported structure” in the world.

Measuring with a physical height of fifty-one meters (51m); 3,470 total number of polygons; 222 segments and cuts; 4, 124.26 sqm surface area; 767 rings; 60 tons total weight of bamboo panels made of medium carbonized bamboo cladding and steel; with a volume of 768.99 cu. m; 22,626 total numbers of bamboo panels used and 60.10 meters from the foundation level. It was said to be “Higher than the Statue of Liberty in New York City”, and will rise as a part of the sixty-seven (67) hectares soon-to-be-developed new town at Brgy. Bani, Bayambang. The tallest image of St. Vincent Ferrer will be unveiled on the night of April 5, 2019, but a grand thanksgiving and fiesta mass, and a grand procession will take place prior to the inauguration of the statue.

“We are creating a landmark for people to remember and for Bayambang to be recognized all over the world,” announced Mayor Quiambao during the groundbreaking of the statue last year. Bayambang has conquered the world and placed the municipality on the map, as it broke the Guinness World Record title for the Longest Barbecue at eight (8) kilometers overthrowing the previous record set by Turkey.


Meanwhile, at 3 p.m on March 27, 2019, the first day of the nine-day novena, a Holy Door at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish Church that was granted by the Vatican in Rome will be ceremoniously opened by Most Rev. Soc Villegas. It is for pilgrims who will pass through the door, that they may gain the indulgence attached with the Jubilee celebration.

“In my six (6) decades of existence, my whole life has been spent around Bayambang. I am a living witness of how man-made and natural tragedies tried to ruin our living. I have experienced extreme floods brought about by devastating typhoons. Earthquakes also shook our house and we even came to a point of losing all our properties. But every time, I and my family prayed to our Almighty through the intercession of St. Vincent, I feel that we get enlightened of what these catastrophes are meant for. A faithless person would readily lose faith and would surrender, but constant prayer and devotion make one’s faith stronger for him to understand that all of these challenges are wake-up calls for stronger faith. With this, we understand that no matter what rains or quakes come, our faith and devotion are our great refuge against whatever challenges come along the way. And we thank our patron saint for this divine intercession and guidance,” testified by Imelda Cayabyab, a devotee of St. Vincent Ferrer.

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