• GILBERT P. BAYORAN
A total amount of P1.4 billion in infrastructure projects is being lined up for construction in Silay City, Negros Occidental, under the administration of Mayor Joedith Gallego.
Gallego yesterday confirmed the construction of a new City Hall in Hacienda Maquina, Brgy. Rizal, Silay City, will push through, with a budget of P500 million, which will be derived from a loan with the Development Bank of the Philippines.
The idea of establishing a new City Hall was hatched during the administration of former Mayor Mark Andrew Golez, which was followed by the donation of a 6.5-hectare property donated by the family of Rob Jalandoni, 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.
Gallego said the construction of the new Silay City Hall was already approved by the Sangguniang Panlungsod, with the signing of memorandum of agreement for the loan now being readied by DBP, following the visit of its executives to his office.
Another P900 million loan was also secured by the Silay City government from the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).
Of the P900 million loan, also approved by the City Council, Gallego said P300 million has been allocated for the construction of a City College, P300 million for the public market, while the remaining balance is planned to be earmarked for the construction either of a sports complex or coliseum.
He also announced the construction of a four-storey building as housing for 192 informal settler families of Silay City, in support to the Pabahay program of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
The housing project will be located in 2,000-square meter lot owned by the family of Art Briones at Sitio Loney in Brgy. Mambulac, Silay City.
Gallego said the plan is to enter into a tripartite agreement between the Silay City government, Department of Socialized Housing and Urban Development, and the lot owner, for the realization of the housing project.*