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The P213-M Bacolod museum-auditorium is currently being built.

The Department of Public Works and Highway-Western Visayas (DPWH-6) stated in a report released Tuesday night that the first phase of construction on the PHP213 million Bacolod City Museum-Auditorium is more than halfway complete.

On land donated by the Yanson family in Barangay Alijis totaling 8.8 hectares, Senate President Juan Miguel Zubiri spearheaded the funding for the two-structure building.

Nerie Bueno, the regional director for DPWH-6, stated in a statement that during a recent visit to the site, she gave the contractor instructions to speed up the construction and gave the project engineer instructions to supervise closely.

Bueno noted that the project’s work timeline could be hampered by inclement weather and Covid-19 constraints.

Due to the epidemic, it was supposed to begin in the first quarter of 2021 but was postponed.

The project is broken into two phases and is funded by the DPWH-6’s fiscal years 2020 and 2021 General Appropriations Act.

For Phase 1 of the project, which is more than 50% complete and comprises designing and constructing the main structure, PHP163 million was released in 2020.

Phase 2’s architectural characteristics are what is covered by the 50 million PHP financing.

According to Bueno, “as a green building certified project, this museum will be sustainable, using environmentally conscious and energy-efficient equipment and materials.”

Zubiri previously stated that the museum-auditorium is his “legacy project for Bacolod” and that his father’s family has roots in Negros Occidental.

The building, “inspired by nature,” was created by architect Leonilo Ramon Lichauco of the Manila-based LG+V Architect/Planners. The upper perspective reveals the connected leaf-shaped buildings.

“It’s not your typical museum, which is the beauty of the design. We used a broad ramp to access the upper levels, where you can see all the works created by different Bacolod-based artists. Lichauco has already said that it is accessible to people with disabilities all the way down to the sub-level and up to the various levels.

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