Or­di­nance on Ba­colod es­planade eyed

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THE Ba­colod City Es­planade that is set for in­au­gu­ra­tion on June 17, must be free from ven­dors to main­tain its peace and or­der.

Mayor Eve­lio Leonar­dia had writ­ten Vice Mayor El Cid Fa­mil­iaran re­quest­ing the Sang­gu­ni­ang Pan­lung­sod (SP) to pass an or­di­nance for this pur­pose.

In his let­ter dated May 30, Leonar­dia in­formed Fa­mil­iaran that he and project pro­po­nent Rep. Greg Gasa­taya had a meet­ing with Ma. Regina Pic­cio, pres­i­dent of Fer­nando F. Gon­zaga, Inc., where Pic­cio ex­pressed con­cern over the pos­si­ble pro­lif­er­a­tion of ven­dors in the es­planade.

The Gon­za­gas donated the prop­erty on which the Ba­colod City Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter stands. The Ba­colod City Es­planade is si­t­u­ated be­side the gov­ern­ment cen­ter, where the prop­erty ad­join­ing the es­planade is also owned by the Gon­za­gas.

Pic­cio sug­gested that an or­di­nance be passed reg­u­lat­ing the activities at the es­planade.

Leonar­dia said that while we are thank­ful to Con­gress­man Greg for ini­ti­at­ing the es­planade, he also finds rea­son to Pic­cio’s re­quest as the es­planade shall def­i­nitely be­come a “land­mark and a tourist attraction of the city.”

The pro­posed or­di­nance shall reg­u­late the activities at the es­planade, in­clud­ing the con­struc­tion of permanent and or tem­po­rary struc­tures in­tended for vend­ing, Leonar­dia said.

The Ba­colod City Es­planade costs P37.2 mil­lion and is the first es­planade in this city, ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Public Works and Highways (Dpwh)ba­colod City District En­gi­neer­ing Of­fice.

District en­gi­neer Abra­ham Vil­lareal ear­lier said the es­planade is part of the con­struc­tion of 440.0-lin­eal me­ter revet­ment wall with flood­wall along Lupit River in Ba­colod City, in­clud­ing im­prove­ment of river­banks.

The project in­volves con­struc­tion of 4,785-cu­bic me­ter rub­ble con­crete struc­ture (one side of the river) with the height of 9.0 lin­eal me­ters. The project also in­cludes in­stal­la­tion of con­crete paving blocks, steel rail­ings and lamp posts.

“The project is dual pur­pose. It will serve as pro­tec­tion of the river­banks from pos­si­ble ero­sion as well as a good venue for the recre­ation, so­cial and fit­ness activities of the Ba­coleños and tourists,” Vil­lareal said./ PR

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