The transfer of offices out of the Negros Occidental Provincial Administration Center at North Capitol Road-Aguinaldo Street in Bacolod City that was set this month has been delayed for another six months, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday.
The provincial government offices will be relocated to leased spaces for the next two years while an about P900 million new Provincial Administration Center is being built beside the old PAC, he said.
The old PAC is up for demolition to pave the way for a 10-storey commercial building to be constructed by Dynamic Builders and Construction Co. that leased its site from the Capitol for the next 50 years.
Dynamic Builders late last month also entered the lone bid to construct the new 6-storey PAC that will house the provincial government offices.
During the construction of the new PAC some of the provincial government offices will be moved to the St. Francis Building at Araneta Street and the Negros First Cyber Centre.
The governor said the initial plan to lease space at the Philippine National Bank building along Lacson Street did not push through because the rental fees set by PNB are too high.
The PNB building stands on provincial government property that the bank, when it was government-owned, was allowed to lease for 99 years at P100 a year, the governor said.
More than 40 years remain before the lease ends, he said.
When PNB became privately owned an agreement was negotiated wherein the bank returned part of the property, which the Capitol has since leased to AyalaLand for its Seda hotel, he said.
The bank also agreed to allow the provincial government to use its mezzanine floor for free and give it a 5 percent share on all lease payments of other tenants in the building, the governor added.
The governor said the Negros First Animal Hub building that was illegally constructed at the Panaad Park and Stadium in Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod City, has been booked as an asset of the provincial government.
Earlier Eva Blanco Reso-or, the supplier responsible for building the animal hub, had said that her failure to comply with bidding requirements left her with no choice but to shoulder the P4 millionalready spent for the construction of the building.
The governor said the provincial government will not pay the supplier, but will complete the construction of the animal hub to be used by the provincial government.
The governor also said the provincial government is aiming to make the site of the town and city pavilions at the Panaad a year round tourism destination starting this year.
‘GO THE EXTRA MILE’
The governor, in his speech before the Capitol employees at the first flag raising ceremony for the year yesterday morning, reminded them to work hard and go the extra mile in serving the people of Negros Occidental.
He also urged them to surpass the awards’ record of the provincial government in 2018 by winning more in 2019 for improved services rendered to the people of Negros Occidental.
The governor also reminded them not to forget to thank God for all the blessings he has given them and the province.
Negros Occidental was spared from 20 typhoons last year because of prayers, he said.*
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