Mayor Mel Sarmiento leading the ribbon-cutting ceremomy. Also in photo are (l-r) Maj General Arthur Tabaquero, Councilor Regina Rabuya, DBM-8 RD Imelda Laceras and Procurement Service Director Estanislao Granados.
The Procurement Service Sub-Depot at the Calbayog City Sports Center
The opening of the Procurement Service Sub-Depot in Calbayog was among the last official functions of Mayor Mel Sarmiento. Let me give you a report by my friend Ninfa B Quirante of the PIA.
Procurement Service subdepot opens in Calbayog City
Catbalogan City (25 June) -- The Procurement Service Regional Office 8 under the supervision of the Department of Budget 8 opens its third sub-depot in Calbayog City on June 24, 2010.
Located in the new Calbayog City Sports Complex, the depot will sell 300 most common office supplies.
Fr July Gaddi blessed the government procurement service depot with scores of government workers and media in attendance.
"I am thankful to DBM for believing in Calbayog, " Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento said in his welcome remarks.
He stressed that he wanted to purchase quality office supplies without necessarily going to the tedious work of checking the quality, exact number and the prices.
With the sub-depot in their midst, the government agencies are then assured of quality and reasonably priced office supplies.
"The Calbayog sub-depot is strategically located and can serve, Catbalogan, Catarman and other LGUs, " stressed Sarmiento.
Mr Estanislao Granados, Procurement Service Director in the Region graced the launching along with Ms Imelda Laceras, DBM 8 Regional Director.
Director Granados surprised everyone when he addressed the crowd in fluent Waray, claiming later that he is from Leyte.
The director also revealed that since he is retiring, his attendance in the Calbayog event is his last public appearance.
Calbayog Sub-depot is the 10th provincial depot while there are 12 regional depots, accross the country, according to Director Laceras.
Both Laceras and Granados emphasized that Government offices are mandated by law to purchase office supplies in the depot which is now more accessible.
Atty. Isagani Togonon was assigned to lead the sub-depot along with some six Calbayog City employees deployed by the city government.
Laceras said that Procurement Service in the Region's biggest customer is the army as Samar island houses the 8th Infantry Division (8th ID)and three or four battalions.
The 8th ID commanding general, Maj General Arthur Tabaquero was present along with 20th Infantry Battalion Commander Jose Narciso. (PIA-Samar)