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The new Bontoc Municipal Capitol makes every passer-by stop, look and admire the grand and elegant structure; at the same time take pictures, with the facade as the background. The name Municipal Capitol was adopted considering that it is situated in the capital town of the province and that it is a seat of government.

While there are no reference materials found by the writer of the exact date of construction of the first Bontoc Municipal Hall and the renovations that were done on the building, but it has been almost fifty years ago since the old Bontoc Town Hall was constructed.

A total makeover that of the old Bontoc Municipal Hall, the architectural structure and design of the Bontoc Municipal Capitol makes one, at first glance, say Wow! The exterior of the capitol is painted with nude color and the roof brown. Its façade roof is carved like that of a Bontoc old house, a large gong the height to a person is displayed on the stage, and a replica structure of an ato which represents the basic community of Bontoc is in place at the right entrance portion before reaching the Municipal Capitol grounds.

Portraits of former mayors and incumbent municipal officials are found on the walls; photos portraying the people of Bontoc and their life in the olden times are found on the halls and lobby of the municipal capitol; an artistic representation of sprouted beans at the alley; and artworks painted on empty walls make them more vibrant to the eyes.

The four-storey municipal capitol can now accommodate a larger number of offices, clients and visitors with wider rooms for executive offices, the legislative body, and other municipal offices. It has a separate civil wedding room, a multi-purpose hall at the top floor, and a parking area at the ground floor. Aside from this, it is also a client-friendly building with railings and a ramp, and a separate comfort room purposely for the Persons with Disability (PWDs), senior citizens and pregnant women.

In 2015, Bontoc Mayor Franklin Odsey, with the support of then Vice Mayor Peter Puma-at and Sangguniang Bayan members Eusebio Kabluyen, John Pelew, Alfredo Awichen, Alsannyster Patingan, Jerome Tudlong, Jr., Herman Farnican, Constancio Miranda and Wilbert Padngaran envisioned a municipal government building that would set it apart from the rest, with a unique design, but at the same time, affordable and within the capability of the Bontoc LGU to construct.

With the meager resources of the Bontoc Local Government Unit (LGU); it has to obtain a loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines to realize the architectural dream.
The construction of the Bontoc Municipal Capitol commenced with the Phase I of the project starting with the demolition of the main building of the old Bontoc Municipal Hall on June 21, 2015. Phase I of the project costing P73,549,703.37 covered the demolition of the main building, laying the foundation of the building, construction of the new main building of the Bontoc Municipal Capitol, lower ground floor, upper ground floor (1st Floor), 2nd Floor and doors.

Phase II of the project with the Revised Contract Amount of P74,997, 412.05 as of April 4, 2019, started on July 27, 2017. It covers the demolition of the Left and Right Wings of the old building, construction of the new Left and Right Wings, finishing from the ground floor to the 4th Floor, roofing and the façade of the Bontoc Municipal Capitol.

Phase III with an approved project cost of P7, 827, 470. 99 started on November 16, 2018, and is expected to be finished on May 25, 2019. However, the funding was not sourced out from the Land Bank loan but from the 20% Municipal Development Fund amounting to P4,948,218.53 and Non-Office Fund amounting to P2,881,781.42. Phase III covers composite columns of the 3rd Floor (Left and Ring Wings),

The iconic Bontoc Municipal Capitol was blessed and inaugurated on September 12, 2018, coinciding with the week-long celebration of the 110th Bontoc Foundation Day and 14th Am-among Festival in September 2018.

Former mayors of the capital town have also expressed their appreciation in the construction of the Bontoc Municipal Capitol with the workmanship credited to the AIP Construction.
Former Mayor Louis Claver, Jr., (1980 to 1988 and 2001 to 2004), in his message delivered by son Councilor and Ex-Officio Sangguniang Panlalawigan member Alexandre Claver said that he is one with the people of Bontoc in celebrating the occasion. Further, he encouraged everyone to support the present administration in the improvement not only of the municipal building but in the development of the community and the lives of constituents.

Former Mayor David Yawan (1992 to 1998) stated that the inauguration and blessing of the municipal capitol are more than enough reason for the people of Bontoc to rejoice as it is a manifestation of progress. He also added that although he and other former mayors were desirous of building a capitol such as what Bontoc has now, it is great that the idea’s time has now come.

Similarly, Former Mayor Pascual A. Sacgaca (2010 to 2013) commended the officials for this undertaking. He added that this new workplace would surely motivate employees to render the best public service.

Mountain Province Legislative Caretaker Allen Jesse C. Mangaoang who graced the blessing and inauguration remarked that the new municipal capitol will not only cater to the people of Bontoc, but to visitors and tourists who will visit the capital town.

“Therefore, let us open the gates of this capitol not only to every i-fontok or i-Montayosa but more importantly, to every client and visitor in need of our assistance and hospitality,” Mangaoang said.
Truly, since the Bontoc Municipal Capitol was opened to the public, it has become a tourist attraction. Tourists, even motorbike riders could not resist to stop by and take a groupie or selfie with the big gong and the building as the background.

As he expressed happiness that the municipal government has gotten the right people for the project, Mangaoang urged the people of Bontoc to take part in the social responsibility of maintaining, caring and protecting it.

He likewise commended the officials in the capital town in working together for the good of the people.

“At the end of the day, it is still human spirit that is most important. Money can improve a municipality’s physical environment, but it cannot buy the vision and passion that will ensure the continued development of Bontoc. Let us acknowledge the hard work of our leaders and every person who was instrumental and whose goodwill and industry has helped the town flourish despite many constraints,” Mangaoang highlighted.

There is no doubt that the Bontoc Municipal Capitol was nominated as the 2018 Government Building of the year in a regional newspaper that has the widest circulation in the Cordillera region.
The municipal capitol is a legacy of the leaders of the capital town under the leadership of Mayor Odsey. This undertaking materialized because of the positive collaboration of the executive and legislative branches, and the support of the Bontoc community to the present administration.

The construction of Bontoc Municipal Capitol that met the quality standard even of the keen eyes of critics clearly manifests how Bontoc ay Kalalaychan is moving forward for progress and prosperity.
Source of Information: Engr. II Edmarie A. Kitongan, Municipal Engineer’s Office

Sangguniang Bayan Ordinances

2014 Ordinances

No. 249. An ordinance creating the business permit and Licensing Section under the office of the Municipal Mayor and transferring the existing position of Licensing Officer I, from the office of the Municipal treasurer to man the new section upon creation.pdf

No. 248. An ordinance abolishing the existing vacant plantilla position, Revenue Collection Officer I, SG-11 and the creation of two (2) Local Revenue Collection Clerk I, SG-5.pdf

No. 247. An ordinance realigning the five thousand pesos (P 5,000.00) from communication expense fund of two (2) Personnel of the Engineering Office (Resolution No. 623, s. 2014) - to payment of lot rental of the Bontoc waterworks reservoir at Balabag, Talubin.pdf

No. 245. An ordinance creating the persons with disabilities affairs office of the Municipal Local Government unit of Bontoc, Mountain Province.pdf

No. 244. An Ordinance realigning the ten thousand pesos (Php. 10,000.00) from repair of office equipment (Account code 821) of the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office of CY 2014 Municipal Annual budget - to purchase of one (1) set printer with continous ink flow of the same office..pdf

No. 243. An ordinance repealing Ordinance No. 238 s. 2014 dated July 14, 2014 of the Sangguniang Bayan of this municipality.pdf

No. 242. An ordinance creating various positions in the Municipal plantilla of this Municipality and providing the corresponding salary grade thereof.pdf

No. 240. An ordinance to transfer the position of Administrative Aide III (Driver I) from the office of the vice mayor to the office of the municipal mayor, and the position of administrative aide I (Utility worker I) from the accounting office to the office of the Municipal planning and development office (MPDO).pdf

No. 239. An ordinance realigning various office appropriations in the 2014 Bontoc Municipal annual budget.pdf

No. 238. An ordinance realigning appropriations / funds in the non-office portion of the 2014 Municipal Annual budget - to capital outlay requirement, specified herein below.pdf

No. 237. An ordinance amending Section III (1) on Senior Citizens Special day and Section V (b) - funding of Ordinance No. 144-A, s. 2009 otherwise known as "An ordinance declaring every 1st Monday of October of each as a Senior  Citizens day and act as Senior  Citizens officer for a day (SCOFAD) for the Elective positions in the Municipality of Bontoc and providing incentive thereof.".pdf

No. 236. An ordinance establishing the Bontoc Business Task Force, its composition and defining its powers, functions and procedures.pdf

No. 235. An ordinance realigning MOOE funds to capital outlay, of the Sangguniang Bayan Office.pdf

No. 234. n ordinance realigning /reappropriating funds in the amount of P 127,250.08 from the balance of item No. 9000-10-1 counterpart for INREMP / PRDP of the cy 2014 Municipal AIP for various programs of this municipality.pdf

No. 233. An ordinance authorizing the proposed borrowing of the Municipality of Bontoc, in the amount of eighty million pesos (P 80,000,000.00) to fund the construction of the municipal multi-purpose building (P75,000,000.00) and to fund the rehabilitation of the Bontoc waterworks system (P 5,000,000.00).pdf

No. 232. An ordinance converting the Clerk III, SG-6 position in the office of the Sangguniang Bayan, to Local legislative Staff Assistant I, SG-6, same office.pdf

No. 231. An ordinance abolishing the existing vacant plantilla position Agricultural Technologist, SG-10 and creating the positions of farm foreman, SG-6 and farm worker, SG-4 of the Municipal Agricultural Office.pdf

No. 229. An ordinance realigning P 255,000.00 from the P 1,500,000.00 reallocation / reorganization fund under the Non-Office appropriations in the 2014 Municipal Annual Budget - representation and transportation allowance of the ABC President and IP Representative in the Sangguniang Bayan.pdf

2013 Ordinances

No. 225. Authorizing the reappropriation of fifty thousand pesos (P 50,000.00) from veteran's aid allocation (Code 3000.1.2) of cy 2013 Municipal AIP to improvement of veterans park located beside the justice hall, Poblacion, Bontoc.pdf

No. 224. Authorizing the appropriation of two hundred sixty two thousand pesos (P 262,000.00 from the Engineering surcharges from various implemented programs/projects of this municipality.pdf

No. 223. Realigning 2013 Municipal fund allocation of the Bureau of Fire Protection, from training of fire brigade - P 30,000.00 (Account code 753) and repair and maintenance of the fire truck - P 25,180.00 (Account Code 841) for a total amount of P 55,180.00 - to renovation of comfort room and concreting of the partition of the fire truck garage and kitchen.pdf

No. 222. Amending certain provisions of Municipal tax ordinance no. 2012-176 otherwise known as the 2012 Revised Revenue code of Bontoc, Mountain Province.pdf

No. 220. Authorizing the realignment of fund allocations from prisoners mess - P 15,000.00 and training fund P 30,000.00 for a total of P 45,000.00 of calendar year 2013 budget of the Bontoc Municipal Police station and appropriating to purchase of office equipments of the same office.pdf

No. 219. An ordinance realigning the P 120,000.00 intended for repair / maintenance of office equipment / furniture /IT equipment under the 2013 annual budget and the unencumbered fund for 5% surcharge in the amount of P 65,000.00 to augment the amount of P 120,000.00 for a total amount of P 185,000.00 for the repair of the Engineering office (MEO).pdf

No. 217. Institutionalizing the student financial assistance program of Bontoc, Mountain Province.pdf

No. 213. Amending the tricycle fare amounts mandated under section 1(a) and Section 2 of Municipal Ordinance No. 128, s. 2008, and for other purposes.pdf

No. 212. Prohibiting the use of non biodegradable plastic bags on dry goods and wet goods and prohibiting the use of styro foam within the municipality of Bontoc.pdf

No. 211. Repealing Ordinance No. 120, s. 2008, and amending sections 3 and 4 of Ordinance No. 103, s. 2006.pdf

No. 210. Realigning the amount of three hundred thousand pesos (P 300,000.00) from Electricity Expense (Code 767) - P 245,000.00, League fund (Code 778) - P 5,000.00 and IEC Tax campaign (Code 969) - P 50,000.00 of CY 2013 Budget of the Municipal treasury office - to publication and printing of Municipal Tax Ordinance of Bontoc, Mountain Province.pdf

No. 208. Realigning funds from various projects/programs f the 20% Municipal Development fund, office supplies and maintenance of motor vehicle of fiscal year 2013 budget for various programs of this Municipality.pdf

No. 205. Realigning the amount of two hundred thousand pesos (P200,000.00) from Legislative research and other programs, vice mayor's office ( code 969, b Regular budget 2013) to 1) improvement of Ledlecha ato, Talubin (P150,000.00) and 2). Improvement of Gonogon Elementary School kitchen and public toilet (P 50,000.00).pdf

No. 204. Realigning the amount of fifty thousand pesos (P50,000.00) from training expenses, vice mayor's office (code # 753, regular budget 2013) to health programs of the same office.pdf

No. 203. Realigning the amount of two hundred thousand pesos (P 200,000.00) from improvement of Ledlecha ato / IP hall, Talubin (AIP code 90000.1.15 regular budget 2013) to environmental programs of the vice mayor's office.pdf

No. 202. Realigning the amount of P 100,000.00 from Pakil communal irrigation system, Talubin (AIP Code 90000.2.4, regular budget 2013) to improvement of Pakil pathway, Talubin.pdf

No. 201. Realigning the amount of P 100,000.00 from Arngo-ong waiting shed (AIP Code 90000.1.9, regular budget 2013) to construction of barangay Bontoc Ili Multi purpose hall water tank and septic tank.pdf

No. 199. Realigning appropriations in the Bontoc Municipal AIP, CY 2012 and CY - 2013.pdf

No. 198. Realigning the amount of P 75,000.00 from Legislative Research and other programs, regular budget 2013 to various programs / projects.pdf

No. 197. Realigning the amount of P 250,000.00 from regular budget 2013, code 9000.6.9 (Foy-o drainage pathway) to various projects.pdf

No. 195. An ordinance realigning the amount of P 8,000.00 from ordinance no. 185, s. 2012, section 2, letter c (mushroom production counterpart) to Lanao Day Care materials.pdf

No. 194. Amending section 1, item (b) of ordinance no. 188 s. 2012 of this LGU by replacing the words "Sarok waterworks" therein to " Maligcong waterworks.pdf

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