‘Silay City Capitol’ to create new growth area, guv says

The groundbreaking of the “Silay City Capitol” on Wednesday, January 16.*Richard Malihan photo

The construction of the P1 billion “Silay City Capitol” at Hacienda Maquina in Barangay Rizal will create jobs and spur development, Mayor Mark Golez said.

The groundbreaking of the proposed “Silay City Capitol” to be built on a 6.5-hectare property donated by Claudio Lopez Inc. represented by its general manager Michael Jalandoni Valderrama was held Wednesday, February 16.

It is stipulated in the contract with the Claudio Lopez family that the “Silay City Capitol” should be completed in four years, or hopefully before the end of 2025, Golez said.

“This development will not only provide better services but will also stir a new growth area for the city, and of course, a tangible representation of the city’s pride and progress,” Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said at the groundbreaking rites.

“The necessity of the whole of government approach and the exigency of systematic responses, prove the need for an improved and more equipped seat of government,” he added.

The estimated P 1billion for the “Silay City Capitol”, includes engineering overhead, site development and the construction of a road network , Golez said.

The actual building and its furnishings are estimated to cost P500 million, he said.

The new seat of government will create a new growth area in Silay City that will create jobs, boost development and raise the value of the property, which will benefit a lot of Silaynons, Golez said.

The Claudio Lopez family also donated the properties where the Teresita L. Jalandoni Provincial Hospital , Doña Monserrat Lopez Memorial High School, and the Domus Dei retirement village of the priests are located, the mayor said.

The old city hall may be used to house offices of national government agencies or could be turned into a museum, he added.*

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