Bing thanks Migz for P163-M mu­seum

Sun Star Bacolod - - Community Bulletin -

“THIS is a dream come true. This is be­yond what we ex­pected,” Ba­colod City Mayor Eve­lio “Bing” Leonar­dia said, as he thanked Se­na­tor Juan Miguel “Migz” Zu­biri for the P163-mil­lion mu­seum and au­di­to­rium.

When it is im­ple­mented, Ba­colod will be the only city in the Philip­pines that will have a world-class and iconic project like this, the mayor said.

Last year, Leonar­dia had re­quested a P30-mil- lion mu­seum project from Zu­biri. “Migz gave us more than five times of that amount. That is so much more than what we have asked for. That just shows how much Migz loves Ba­colod,” the mayor said.

“For many, many years, we’ve tried sev­eral strate­gies to re­al­ize our dream of a Ba­colod mu­seum, and only now be­cause of Sen. Zu­biri that it is com­ing to fruition,” the mayor added.

Zu­biri, who also grew up in Ba­colod and whose fa­ther is from Ka­bankalan City, pre­sented the per­spec­tive of the leaf-shaped en­vi­ron­ment-friendly mu­seum and au­di­to­rium, at a press brief­ing in Ba­colod re­cently.

The mayor also an­nounced he is “call­ing a multi-sec­toral as­sem­bly of rel­e­vant stake­hold­ers to thresh out how best to op­er­ate and sus­tain this project.”

The mayor noted that when Se­na­tor Franklin Drilon was Se­nate Pres­i­dent, and the con­gress­man, mayor, vice mayor, and coun­cilors of Iloilo City were work­ing as a team, Iloilo City ex­pe­ri­enced un­prece­dented de­vel­op­ment.

If that “Drilon for­mula” worked, and now that we have Se­na­tor Migz Zu­biri as the Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Floor Leader, this strat­egy can also work won­ders for Ba­colod, the mayor added.

Zu­biri had pre­sented the ar­chi­tec­tural draw­ings of the project to the mayor in a series of meet­ings be­fore the se­na­tor’s for­mal an­nounce­ment. He said it will be Leonar­dia who will an­nounce the site of the mu­seum and au­di­to­rium on Oc­to­ber 25, in time for the high­lights of the on­go­ing 39th Masskara Fes­ti­val.

The se­na­tor said con­struc­tion of the mu­seum and au­di­to­rium, with a gross floor area of about 5,000 square me­ters, and de­signed by the Lichauco Guilas and Vil­lanueva Ar­chi­tec­tural Firm, will start next year and will be com­pleted in two years.

He stressed the project will be con­structed at no cost to the city gov­ern­ment. The P163-mil­lion fund will be sourced from the Depart­ment of Bud­get and Man­age­ment in the 2019 bud­get.

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