By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said he respects the decision being pushed by the provincial government of Negros Occidental to move the capitol to Talisay City.
In an interview with RMN DYHB-Bacolod yesterday morning, Leonardia said the move would be good, especially if all the provincial government agencies will be relocated in one place.
He pointed out such a move would help ease transactions.
He added it would also help the economic growth of Talisay City.
Last month, Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said they are studying the possibility of relocating their offices to Talisay City.
The provincial government currently owns a 25-hectare property in the city.
“If we continue with the plan to build new government offices at the old Provincial Administration Center (PAC), it will be so crowded here and we will have a problem with parking,” Lacson said.
The idea has been talked about since last year, Lacson said, adding that he has talked to some mayors who said it was also a plan of the late Governor Alfredo Marañon, Jr.
“The area can be used for regional offices as it will be a government center,” he added.
Lacson will also seek the wisdom of the business sector over the proposal. If the plans go through, the Capitol building in Bacolod will still be used for special functions./DGB, WDJ