GUIMARAS MULLS P300-M CAPITOL
THE provincial government of Guimaras will replace its 50-year-old capitol with a New Governance Center (NGC).
Governor Samuel Gumarin said the construction of the NGC will start in 2019.
In his State of the Province Address (SOPA), Gumarin said the new capitol building “will soon rise and a renewed brand of governance and infrastructure, compliant to all national laws and governing policies will eventually improve the image and quality of public services in the Province of Guimaras.”
The building is inspired by Neo Classical Architecture and influenced by the United States Capitol, The White House and Buckingham Palace.
Aligned with the province’s support on the environmental protection, green architecture will be applied to the building.
“The design can help improve air quality inside through the open garden including the landscape and hardscape. The provision of wide windows and entrances, as energy-efficient, natural daylight design reduces a building’s electricity needs and improves people’s health and productivity,” the governor said.
The NGC will also minimize the use of water for irrigation or toilet flushing, gardening and will help flooding in the capitol area and its surrounding residential areas.
Gumarin said the Land Bank of the Philippines approved the P300-million loan for the NGC construction. P250 million will be allotted to the infrastructure while the remaining amount will be for the acquisition of furniture, fixture and equipment.
The old capitol will totally demolished. Temporary offices were already in place as the new building undergoes construction, Gumarin said in a follow-up interview.
According to him, the old capitol became a significant part of the historic years of the Guimaras as a full-fledged province but it needs to be replaced to give better access to locals, he said.