Beacon of Hope
Binuangan, significant for its role as a pre-hispanic waterway for commerce once again sheds a light, this time in an age of changed climate and scaling up natural disasters, on how different agencies and personalities can come together for the greater good. In this island barangay of Obando now stands a lighthouse to guide commercial vessels plying the Manila Bay route and fisherfolk along its tributary, the Marilao Meycauayan Obando River System (MMORS). Built from a funding allocation of Php 4.5M from the Department of Transportation and Communications (DOTC) under R.A. No. 10155 or the General Appropriations Act of 2012, the need was first brought to the attention of then DOTC Secretary Mar Roxas on February 22, 2012 by 4th District Rep. Linabelle Ruth Villarica with the accompanying Resolution No. 07-314 issued by the Sangguniang Bayan of Obando on February 06, 2012 which then requested for a sea-based light house. But upon referral to the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) for assessment, it was determined that a land-based light house was more workable but with public land wanting in the mainly water-covered barangay and a leadership change in the municipality Obando in 2013, the project was almost all but washed up. But with its former Mayor, Orencio E. Gabriel, nonetheless pushing through with a donation of his own private land that was marked with formal turn-over rites on October 2014, construction reached completion. With the present Mayor of Obando Edwin C. Santos now providing the needed operations support, the lighthouse stands as a beacon of hope and a lifeline through fair and inclement weather.