By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Cadiz City Mayor Salvador Escalante is backing the proposal of the provincial government of Negros Occidental to transfer the provincial capitol to Talisay City.
According to Escalante the transfer is “a necessity,” pointing out the late Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr. invested in buying property in Talisay City.
“It is more of necessity because of the congestion in the area,” Escalante said.
He added that the Provincial Engineering, Agriculture and the Negros Occidental Language and Information Technology Center (NOLITC) have already plans to put up offices in the 25-hectare property in Barangay E. Lizares in Talisay City.
“During the wake of Governor Marañon, we were asked by Gov. Bong what are the plans of the former governor,” Escalante said.
He added that the development plan submitted by Dynamic Builders involves the construction of a hotel and a commercial building at the site of the current Provincial Administration Center (PAC).
“Imagine the traffic these infrastructures would cause in the area. This was considered by the past administration,” he said.
The new PAC building will house an office for the governor and a session hall of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan, he said.
Escalate said the United Negros Alliance (UNegA), of which he is secretary general, has not discussed the issue.
He also admitted that there were differences during the time of the late administration and the Bacolod City government in terms of traffic management and other issues in the area./DGB, WDJ