BAGUIO

Construction of Benguet Capitol annex starts

PORTIONS of the Capitol, seat of the Benguet provincial government, have been closed to pave the way for the construction of an annex building with a project cost of P100 million.

Assistant Provincial Engineer Elfren Gaudian said the four-story extension building seeks to accommodate more offices and employees of the provincial government.

The first floor will be allotted for parking space, according to Provincial Architect II Ariz Pangaliman.

A budget of P33 million has been appropriated from the 2018 General Fund and 2017 supplemental budget of the provincial government to finance Phase I and II construction of the annex building.

Another P10 million to finance additional construction works will be sourced from the 2018 supplemental budget.

Pangaliman said the extension will have a ramp for persons with disabilities, elevator, and a view deck.

“This is a continuing project,” he added.

Work on the project started March 1 and is targeted to be completed by 2020.

The Capitol building was built sometime in 1979. To date, the Capitol building only houses a few departments of the provincial government.


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