THE construction of three major infrastructure projects of the Negros Occidental Provincial Government is expected to start on January 1.
The three projects, including the P114.65-million Negros First Pala-Pala and Food Terminal, the P113.9-million development of Capitol-run Sweet City Captel, and the P84.8-million renovation and construction of Mambukal Mountain Resort Hotel and Convention Center, are part of the P500-million loan incurred by the province this year to fund four infrastructure projects.
The other one is the P185.9-million renovation and expansion of the Provincial Administration Center.
Provincial Engineer Ernie Mapa said Monday that tenants at the old pala-pala along San Juan Street are asking the provincial government if they could have a space for makeshift stores where they could sell temporarily while the area is being developed.
He added that the tenants will be given priority for space rentals.
The two-storey building will have a food plaza, “bagsakan” area, wet market and dry section, and function rooms.
Mapa said that for Mambukal, a four-storey hotel and a convention center will be put up while the tourist lodges will be renovated.
The Provincial Government will also put up a four-storey hotel that will be part of the development of the Sweet City Captel, Mapa said.
The rooms and the dormitories will also be renovated, he said, adding that the “middle class hotel” will have a different rate from the existing rooms and dormitories.
Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. said that Captel is part of the service of the Provincial Government.
He said the accommodation facility is always full, and most of the guests are government workers, including teachers and barangay captains.
Mapa said they have yet to conduct the bidding for the construction of the two-storey building and renovation of the Provincial Administration Center.
The new building will have storage rooms and offices, he added.