The Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod unanimously approved a resolution authorizing Mayor Evelio Leonardia to sign the proposed contract of donation between the City of Bacolod and Vallacar Transit, Inc. (VTI) represented by its board of directors for the donation of land to be used for the Bacolod South Terminal.
The SP also approved a separate resolution authorizing the mayor to sign the proposed contract of donation between the city and the Yanson Reality Development Corporation (YRDC) and VTI for the donation of several parcels of land to be used for the Bacolod MassKara Coliseum and Bacolod Museum.
Only Councilors Claudio Puentevella and Wilson Gamboa Jr. abstained during the passage of the resolution for the south terminal.
Those who voted in favor of the passage of the resolution for the museum and coliseum were Councilors Caesar Distrito, Dindo Ramos, Bart Orola, Em Ang, Elmer Sy, Lady Gles Pallen, Ayesha Villafor, Cindy Rojas and Ana Marie Palermo.
Puentevella voted against its passage, Gamboa abstained, while Councilor Sonya Verdefor was out of the session hall.
Councilor Ricardo Tan was absent yesterday, while Councilor Renecito Novero acted as presiding officer.
Acting Bacolod Mayor El Cid Familiaran made the request in behalf of the mayor who is still on official travel abroad.
VTI is represented by the member of its Board namely, Roy Yanson, Ginnette Dumancas, Ma. Lourdes Celina Lopez, Ricardo Yanson, Leo Rey Yanson, and Emily Yanson; while YRDC is represented by the same Board of Directors, including Olivia Yanson.
The property on which the museum and coliseum will be built is about 7.3 hectares while the one where the south terminal will be constructed is about 1.5 hectares, or a total of 8.8 hectares. These properties worth a total of P440 million to P500 million are located in Brgy. Alijis.
Familiaran said the museum will be financed by Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, while the terminal will cater to all southbound buses, except for eastbound public utility buses and jeepneys plying the Bacolod- Murcia route.
He said he believes that even before the completion of these priority projects of the city, the value of the property in the area will double or triple and this will spur economic growth there, and at the same time help decongest traffic in Lopez Jaena Street, he said.
Familiaran thanked the Yanson family for the 8.8 hectare property they are donating to the city for its priority projects.
Had they not offered to donate a property, the city could have considered putting up these projects at the Reclamation Area. But the mayor had announced that it would be better if there are people who would like to donate their property, he said.
And because of the donation of the Yanson family, the city could use its property at the Reclamation Area for other purposes, he added.*
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