Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia announced the start of the construction this year of two landmark projects of Bacolod City during the New Year’s countdown Tuesday night at the Bacolod City Government Center grounds.
Leonardia said the construction of the P163 million Bacolod museum-auditorium through the efforts of Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, and the Bacolod Masskara Coliseum will start early this year. Both projects will be constructed on an 8.8 hectare property in Barangay Tangub, Bacolod City, donated by the Yanson family to the city government.
Zubiri unveiled the architectural design of the two-structure Bacolod Museum in October 2018. The two structures, which will both have two stories, will include a multipurpose museum and an 800-seater amphitheater.
Leonardia said the Bacolod MassKara Coliseum will be air-conditioned and will seat about 10,000 people.
The coliseum is among the four big-ticket projects being funded by the city government’s P1.7-billion loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines. It has already been granted an Environmental Compliance Certificate by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environment Management Bureau.
In January last year, the mayor signed the two contracts of donation for the parcels of land that will not only be the site of the museum and the coliseum, but also of the future southbound terminal.
“I’m sure that with our coliseum and museum already there, in a new growth area, Bacolod will never be the same again,” Leonardia said.
Maybe someday, the next New Year’s countdown will be held in the new growth area which is the site of the two projects, he said.
Meanwhile, Leonardia said 2019 was a very, very good year for Bacolod which was made possible with the help of Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and the City Council. They are looking forward to an even better year this 2020.
They started the countdown in 2011, the told thousands of Bacoleños who flocked to the BCGC grounds during the New Year’s Countdown Party Tuesday dubbed “31 to 1”.
The 15-minute fireworks was sponsored by Panasiatic Solutions, Leonardia said.
Panasiatic site director Siony Ferraris said they are very proud to have started this tradition with Mayor Bing since 2011 and she hopes this will continue and even grow bigger.
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran said 2019 was a fruitful year for Bacolod with the collaboration between the Office of Bacolod Rep Greg Gasataya and the Office of the Mayor.
They expect the progress of the city to accelerate within the next three to four years with the entry of more investors that can generate job opportunities, he said.
Also present at the New Year’s Countdown Party were City Administrator John Orola and Councilor Israel Salanga.*
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