Security within the Panaad Park and Stadium in Bacolod City’s Barangay Mansilingan has been tightened ahead of planned rehabilitation work, which is scheduled to begin next year. Negros Occidental provincial administrator, Atty. Rayfrando Diaz, said the park’s security division is now limiting the number of individuals entering the premises with exemptions being made during office hours.
In addition, all vehicles heading into the premises are now required to be registered at night.
A perimeter wall is being planned near a creek located at the far side of the park with illegal structures inside the premises already cleared.
Last week, Diaz said the rehabilitation will begin with repairing the facility’s track. Additionally, a parking area will also be constructed inside the compound.
He noted, local government units (LGUs) will not be allowed to rent out their cottages and, instead, an area will be provided where they serve food during the annual Panaad sa Negros Festival.
“LGU cottages will be exclusively for the display of products,” the provincial official explained.
Diaz added, the rehabilitation project is part of the province’s preparations for the 2023 Regional Athletics Meet and Palarong Pambansa, which will be hosted by Negros Occidental.
Meanwhile, the provincial administrator said private organizations can still use the facilities but there is a need to “balance the needs of private interests and public interests.”
“The provincial government should have priority,” Diaz stated./DGB, WDJ