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Negros Occidental abandons plans to relocate the government’s seat to Talisay City.

BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – The province of Negros Occidental has scrapped plans to relocate its seat of government to Talisay City, instead opting to build a new Provincial Administration Center (PAC) next to the Provincial Capitol.

Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson announced on Wednesday that he has issued an order to begin construction work at the PAC’s original location.

“We will not be transferring to Talisay any longer.” “We’ll just have to see what we can do with the property to generate economic activity in the neighborhood,” he told reporters.

The contractor for the new PAC, Dynamic Builders and Construction Co., has expressed its refusal to go through another bidding process to construct at the Talisay site, according to Lacson.

“As a result, they were given permission to continue their work in the original location. Every month, we’ll keep an eye on them,” he continued.

According to the governor, the Commission on Audit has noted that the transfer will not take place and that the Provincial Capitol would remain in its current location.

He noted that the new PAC building, which spans Aguinaldo Street, Gatuslao Street, and North Capitol Road, will take around three years to complete.

The mayors of Negros Occidental overwhelmingly endorsed the move of provincial government headquarters from Bacolod to Talisay in the north earlier this year.

The original intention was to build the new PAC on a 25-hectare plot of land near the Bacolod-Silay Airport Access Road for almost PHP1 billion.

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