Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said he submitted to the Sangguniang Panlungsod yesterday his request for ratification of the two deeds of donation, which he expects to be acted upon during its regular session today.
The SP had approved a 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.
It also authorized the mayor to sign a separate 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.
Leonardia said that here in Bacolod, where prices of real property have already skyrocketed, getting a donation of 8.8 hectares is beyond his expectations.
Out of the 8.8 hectares, about 5 hectares is allocated for the museum and coliseum and this does not yet include the road network, he said.
He thanked the Yanson family for their generosity, civic mindedness, and patriotism for the donation of the property.
Leonardia recalled that when the Gonzaga family donated 5.5 hectares to the city for the Bacolod City Government Center, this included the road network.
Can you imagine how much the property will cost in three to five years from now? he asked.
The property being donated by the Yanson family to the city will house the coliseum and museum. So he requested their technical men to make the museum not just strictly for sports but also for a cultural center, Leonardia said.
Given this alone, that piece of property will become Bacolod’s sports, cultural and convention center, he said.
Leonardia said this is located in the southern part of the city which is very significant for its growth and development.
He said they have started negotiating this many, many months ago with Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and that they also sought the advice of former councilor Roberto Rojas because of his wealth of experience in public governance, and economic management.
“For me, this is a much better deal than what was in the past,” he said.
Leonardia said that long before, he had already discussed with the late businessman Ricardo Yanson the possibility of putting up a new growth center in the area.
He said he purposely did not act on the October 2015 ordinance for the establishment of a southbound terminal.
The negotiation of the past administration ended up with a terminal that was about 450 meters from the highway and this will be behind the private Ceres terminal, while under the new proposal the proposed southbound terminal is in the highway, Leonardia said.*
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