Bacolod City – Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson announced that the construction of the proposed new Provincial Administration Center in Talisay City, Negros Occidental will no longer push through.
The construction will instead proceed at the original site at the North Capitol Road, since the contractor, Dynamic Builders, did not agree to undergo another rebidding, Lacson said.
We will just have to study what we can do to that property (in Talisay City) that will also create economic activity in the area, he added.
Lacson said he already ordered the contractor to commence the construction of the new PAC at the original site. “We will be monitoring them every month,” he further said.
A rebidding is being required if the construction of the new PAC will be moved to the property in Talisay City purchased by the provincial government.
The contractor has been a given a timeline to complete the project costing almost P1 billion, within a period of three years.
Dynamic Builders and Construction Corp. was already paid the usual 15 percent advance payment for its mobilization fund.
As to the expected increase of traffic once the new PAC became operational, Lacson said that will be a challenge how to manage it. But there is always a solution to the traffic, he stressed.
Considering that many of the provincial government buildings are in Bacolod City, Lacson said he will have to discuss it with Mayor-elect Alfredo “Albee” Benitez.
As to the question if there will be spaces for national government offices at the new PAC, Lacson said the building design is only for the needs of the provincial government.
Dynamic Builders earlier signified its intention to construct a 9-story mixed-used building, to be located near the old PAC building.
Lacson said he will ask if they are still interested to continue their plans on that Capitol property. (Gilbert Bayoran via The Visayan Daily Star (TVDS), photo courtesy of TVDS)