A P300-million New Governance Center (NGC) will rise in the island province of Guimaras.
During his State of the Province Address (SOPA) on Wednesday, Dec. 19, Governor Samuel Gumarin presented the NGC’s design, which is inspired by the neoclassical architecture and influenced by the United States Capitol, The White House and Buckingham Palace.
Green architecture will be applied to the three-storey building.
“The design can help improve air quality inside through the open garden including the landscape and hardscape,” Gumarin said.
“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,” he added.
Grey water and rainwater carchment systems will be installed to minimize the use of water for irrigation or toilet flushing, gardening, and to help flooding in the Capitol area and its surrounding residential areas.
Gumarin said the construction of the NGC will start early next year and is expected to be completed after three years.
The 50-year-old Provincial Capitol will be totally demolished to pave the way for the NGC.
“Ang plano namon mahalin na kami opisina para maumpisahan na this month ang demolition,” Gumarin said.
According to the governor, the Capitol ” has been of part of the historic years of Guimaras as a full-fledged province.”
But he said: “Kon tan-awon mo, kalain naguid itsura yah kag kinanglan na gid islan.”
Gumarin said the project would be funded by a loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines.
“Approved na ni ang loan naton sa bangko,” he told reporters.
Gumarin said P250 million is allotted for the building of the structure while the remaining amount will be for the acquisition of furniture, fixtures and equipment.IMT