AyalaLand Inc. drilling machines are now conducting soil boring tests on the Negros Occidental provincial government property in Bacolod City that it is set to lease and purchase, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. said yesterday.
Soil boring tests are performed to evaluate the soil underground and determine its contents before building the foundation, which is necessary, especially for high-rise buildings, he said.
Assistant Provincial Legal Officer Mary Ann Manayon-Lamis met with Ayala officials this week and will brief him on the outcome, the governor said.
He said he will announce the details of Ayala’s plans later but what is certain is that ALI is already conducting the ground work for its entry.
ALI has offered to purchase 36,587 square meters of the Capitol’s prime property at P20,500 per sq. m., and lease 40,481 square meters at P73 per sq. m., that was approved by the Commission on Audit Sept. 21, 2012.
On the recent announcement of Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella that ALI will break ground for the construction of a 7-storey hotel on the Capitol property next to the Philippine National Bank, the governor said that he is not aware of what the mayor is talking about.
Meanwhile, Provincial Administrator Enrique Pinongan said Gendiesel Philippines Inc. won the bidding to supply four generators for the Negros First CyberCentre in Bacolod City, it is just a matter of completing the formalities to declare it the winner.
Gendiesel entered a bid that is P7 million lower than the other bidder, he said.
It entered a bid of P79,850,888, while Dynamic Builders and Construction Co.’s bid was P86,900,000.*CPG