The Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan has began committee meetings on the planned P485 million purchase by the provincial government of two properties for land banking purposes.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. wants to leave behind land for future administrations following the sale of the provincial government crown property near the Capitol to AyalaLand, Vice Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said.
The Capitol plans to buy 40 hectares in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, estimated to cost P260 million, and 250,120 square meters at Hacienda Minuluan, Barangay Matab-ang in Talisay City for P225 million payable in three years, Board Member Salvador Escalante said.
The vice governor said the two properties will be purchased with the money paid to the Capitol by AyalaLand.
Lacson said two hectares of the property to be purchased in Talisay will be used as a motorpool for Capitol vehicles. The rest of the property may also be used for other government offices.
The Mansilingan property, near the Paglaum Village, will be used for the housing of Capitol employees, he added.
At the committee meeting yesterday, Adjie Lizares, who represented the owner of the property, was accompanied by lawyer Raymundo Pandan, Lacson said.
They made a presentation but the contract to sell is not final yet, the vice governor said.
“They introduced some amendments and we agreed to continue the discussion on the Talisay property after the amended contract to sell in finalized,” Lacson said.
Board Member Angelito Colmenares also recommended that the SP invite Department of Agrarian Reform representatives for clarifications on the properties to be purchased.
Board Member Alain Gatuslao asked for another meeting to be held Monday on the Talisay and Mansilingan properties.
Marañon has asked the SP for authority to sign the contracts for the purchase of the Talisay and Mansilingan properties.*CPG
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