BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The proposed P1B Silay City “Capitol” is set for groundbreaking on February16 at Hacienda Maquina in Brgy. Rizal, Silay City, Negros Occidental, which Mayor Mark Golez expects to spur new developments in the city and generate more jobs.
The 6-hectare property site was donated by the family of Rob Jalandoni.
Golez said he is hopeful that a “new town” will soon rise in the area, just like in Bacolod City, following the construction of a two-storey Silay City “Capitol”.
As stipulated in the contract prepared by the Jalandoni family, Golez said the new government center should be completed within a four year period. But Golez said he is targeting to complete the construction before his term as mayor of Silay City ends in 2025.
“This is a challenge under my administration,” Golez, who officiated the mass wedding of 87 couples yesterday at the Silay City gymnasium, said.
He revealed that the 6-hectare lot donated by the Jalandoni family has a commercial value of P100 million, a big savings for the city government.
The proposed P1 billion budget for the project will be sourced out through a loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines.
Golez said that the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Silay City gave him an authority to contract a loan with the DBP.
The groundbreaking rites for the Silay City Capitol is expected to be attended by Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson and Third District Rep. Jose Francisco Benitez, among other guests.
The Jalandoni family, Golez said, is also the donor of the sites of Teresita Lopez Jalandoni Provincial Hospital, Domus Dei and the Doña Monserrat Lopez Memorial High School, all in Silay City.*