BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said Monday, March 5, he is “seriously considering” the construction of coliseum, or the Bacolod Sports and Cultural Center, in the city.
Leonardia said some of the councilors are proposing the construction of the coliseum, but in the meantime, they will study it and will get the feedback from the public for this project.
"In due time, we will decide on that, because some of the cities in Negros Occidental have already their own coliseum," he said.
Leonardia noted there are options to build the coliseum, either behind the Bacolod Government Center or at the Reclamation Area where the city owns the eight-hectare property.
The mayor is also open to the possibilities to buy a new site through a public-private partnership, or if there are those who may donate and come up with a proposal for this project.
"If the study will show it is feasible and we can afford it and if the people want it, so why not?" Leonardia said.
Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran and Councilor Caesar Distrito had earlier said that it is high time for Bacolod to have a coliseum.
They said that it could provide another growth and development area that can propel the local economy, produce jobs and generate tourism.
If ever the city will go in this kind of project, Leonardia the City Government should have to loan money to fund the project. (MAP)