Capi­tol takes over an­i­mal hub

Sun Star Bacolod - - Topstories - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

Oc­ci­den­tal Gov­er­nor Al­fredo Marañon Jr. con­firmed yes­ter­day that the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment will take pos­ses­sion of the con­tro­ver­sial Ne­gros First An­i­mal Hub that was con­structed at the Panaad Park and Sta­dium in Ba­colod City without a per­mit.

“I have al­ready is­sued a me­moran­dum for the takeover,” the gov­er­nor said.

He said that the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment will al­lo­cate a bud­get for the com­ple­tion of the build­ing that erects on the prop­erty of the province.

Act­ing Pro­vin­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tor Lu­cille Gelv­olea said there will be a pro­ce­dure to fol­low for the takeover even if the fa­cil­ity was con­structed and lo­cated at the Capi­tol prop­erty.

She said that the province won’t pay the con­trac­tor of the an­i­mal hub be­cause the con­struc­tion has no per­mit and did not fol­low any project con­struc­tion pro­ce­dure.

The province, she said, will as­sess first the ex­tent of the con­struc­tion to de­ter­mine how much bud­get is needed to fin­ish the build­ing.

The al­lo­ca­tion for the com­ple­tion of the con­struc­tion will be made by the province and be­cause it in­volves con­struc­tion, the nor­mal bid­ding pro­ce­dure will be con­ducted, she added.

“We will as­sess if the smaller amount will be al­lo­cated, small vol­ume pro­cure­ment could be ap­pli­ca­ble,” Gelv­olea said.

Pro­gram of work and pur­chase re­quest should be made for the com­ple­tion of the project, she pointed out.

The con­tro­ver­sial an­i­mal hub was dis­cov­ered in March 2018 dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion of the Panaad Fes­ti­val.

The province has can­celled the project that was sup­posed to cost P10 mil­lion.

Eva Reso-or who ad­mit­ted to be re­spon­si­ble for the con­struc­tion of the build­ing ad­mit­ted that she has not se­cured any per­mit from any­body in the province.

She said she takes full re­spon­si­bil­ity for its con­struc­tion.

Mean­while, Marañon, dur­ing the first flag cer­e­mony for 2019 yes­ter­day, en­cour­aged the Capi­tol em­ploy­ees to do their re­spec­tive shares to solve the prob­lems faced by the province and the en­tire coun­try as well.

“We have to thank the good Lord Almighty for a great year for us in 2018. You should have a collective New Year’s res­o­lu­tion to im­prove or sur­pass our pre­vi­ous records. Maybe we can have more awards, the Seal of Good Gov­er­nance and im­prove our ser­vices for the province. There is so much to be done in solv­ing the huge prob­lem that we are fac­ing,” the gov­er­nor said.

“If well do an ex­tra mile and work harder, if we have the re­solve to im­prove. We can achieve it if we have unity,” he added.*

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