Capitol inks deed of usufruct for Balay Negrense restoration

Jetro Nicolas Lozada, Rep. Francisco Benitez, Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Jose Ma. Gaston (l-r) after the signing of the deed of usufruct.*Richard Malihan photo

Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson signed a Deed of Usufruct with Balay Negrense Development Corporation for the conservation, repair, and restoration of the Balay Negrense Museum in Silay City, Thursday afternoon, October 5.

Lacson and Jose Ma. Gaston, who represented the Balay Negrense Development Corp., signed the Deed of Usufruct at the Governor’s Office, together with Rep. Francisco Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd District), and Jetro Nicolas Lozada, Acting Chief Operating Officer of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority.

The ceremonial signing was witnessed by Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz, Provincial Legal Officer Alberto Nellas Jr. and Maria Lorenza Dalupan Palm.

The Deed of Usufruct stated that it is necessary to restore and reconstruct the museum to create a safe and modern museum, and enhance its prominence for the benefit, education, and enjoyment of the community, local and foreign tourists, and the general public.

It also stated that both parties agreed to create a joint task force to oversee the conservation of the property through a Conservation Plan involving a Conservation Technical Team.

The Balay Negrense is a heritage landmark and a leading tourism destination in Negros Occidental.*

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