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Bacolod City, Philippines Tuesday, December 5, 2017
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‘Give Capitol park
back to the people'

An online signature campaign has been launched calling on Ayala Land Inc. to give back the Capitol Lagoon Park in Bacolod City to the people who enjoy its use every day.

The signature campaign was recently launched by lawyer Andrea Lizares Si, who said yesterday that the people need answers as the park has been closed for more than a year already.

“I hope we can get the park opened before Christmas. The provincial Capitol should have a park with a Christmas tree and lights, not a dark, mothballed park,” she said.

Provincial Engineer ErnieMapa said last night that the Capitol has not accepted the park turnover by Ayala because the firm is being asked to comply with 10 items to make it acceptable.

Ayala officials sought for their side had not replied as of press time.

It would be good for everyone to know where the fault lies, Si said

In June 2015 Ayala Land presented a P25 million plan to Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. for the enhancement of the Capitol Lagoon Park that would be done simultaneously with the construction of its hotel and mall in the Capitol area.

“Will the park remain closed to pedestrians and the thousands who used to enjoy it everyday just because Ayala isn't ready for the grand opening of its Ayala Capitol Center complex, or even just the hotel on the northern side of the park?” Si asked in the online petition.

It has been a difficult year because, aside from the closed park, pedestrians in the area have to find their way through road construction work that is also taking forever to finish, she said.

“We don't know who holds the funds for the lagoon park development but all of us know that there has been no work done on the park for months,” she said.

After the landscaping that was done earlier this year, the plants are not being maintained, weeds are flourishing, and dry leaves are everywhere, Si said.

“This beautiful park with our provincial Capitol as its crown jewel, has become an irritation and an eyesore to locals and a cause of shame for us when we bring visitors around. And the worst part of all, park gates remain padlocked and the park inaccessible to the people of Negros Occidental,” she said.

“We have been waiting for more than a year to be able to walk inside the Capitol lagoon park again. Ayala Corp., give us back our park,” the petition demands.*CPG





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