THE construction of the multi-million durian-inspired Museo Dabawenyo is expected to commence this year and is seen to be the new iconic landmark of the city.
Museo Dabawenyo head Orly Escarilla, in a press forum on Wednesday, March 14, at The Royal Mandaya Hotel, said that the transfer of the historical place has been approved from its current location along A. Pichon (formerly Magallanes) Street to the People's Park within its compound after a study done by the City Government.
The modern museum has a budget amounting to P100 million for the building alone sourced from the national funds given by President Rodrigo Duterte.
However, Escarilla said that the budget has not yet been forwarded to the City Government of Davao.
“As for the museum, it’s already technically approved. There is already a funding for that, hindi palang siya na-download, meaning hindi pa na-transfer ang fund,” Escarilla said.
The Museo houses the history and artifacts of Davao's distinguished Indigenous People, the Davao City History or how it became a charter city, the Hall of Fame for "Datu Bago" awardees, the highest honor the city gives to its citizens; the gallery of the Undivided Davao History or Nanay Soling Duterte Hall; and different art works of local artists.
They hope that within the next two months the budget will be given to the city so that they could start with the procurement process since it has to undergo first bidding.
“By third quarter if not middle of this year, masugdan na gyud ang construction [the construction will start],” he said.
Specifically, the five-story building will be erected at the sunken garden area inside the People’s Park. It will also have a basement. As shown in the perspective, it is a modern building coated with a durian peel conceptualized by the City Architect's Office that best represents the city. Each floor has around 600 to 700 square meters.
With its accessible future location, the number of visitors is expected to increase. Based on their data as of last year, their visitors reached to over 50,000. The highest they’ve got was in 2016 where they recorded some 52,000 visitors. This was the year when then Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte won as the President and many people from across the country and abroad got interested of his hometown.
“This year, we are hopeful at least if not surpass at least we can match what we have attained last year which is 50,000 visitors,” he said.