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‘Green structures’ to be built by Comelec in Pasay City

The main office of the Commission on Elections (Comelec) will be housed in environmentally friendly structures.

Director of the Comelec Administrative Services Department Julius Thaddeus Hernan stated that the buildings would be built on a 20,160 square meter parcel of property in Pasay City’s Central Business Park 1 Island A, directly across from the Baclaran Church.

During the tenure of former chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr., the lot was bought.

The main building, which will be in the middle, will hold the chairman’s office, the commissioners’ offices, and the session hall, among other things. The multi-story parking and storage facilities will be located in the left structure. The structures have nine floors, he stated during a press conference held after Comelec Chairman George Erwin Garcia’s Monday visual inspection of the property.

“The Comelec Academy and field officers’ dorms will be located in the other building. There will also be a gym, a daycare facility, and an auditorium. The poll body official continued that every floor is designed with a holistic approach.

Hernán pointed out that because they are resilient and adhere to the nation’s Green Building Code, they qualify as “green buildings.”

It contains a water recycling system that allows rainfall to be transformed and used for toilet flushing and plant watering. Environmentally friendly products will be employed. We’ll even have solar panels, which will reduce the amount of electricity we need. The architect continued that our windows are angled to reflect direct sunshine and heat, lowering interior temperatures and reducing the need for air conditioning.

In the meantime, Garcia hopes that the first PHP500 million grant will be increased so they may begin building their new main office in Pasay City.

In the hearing scheduled for September 9, he stated that they would defend their budget.

This Friday, the Comelec chief added, “We hope to defend our budget and persuade them to raise our funding (for the building’s construction), if possible PHP2 billion, so we can urge contractors to take part in our green building project.”

The new Comelec building will cost around PHP8.2 billion, according to the poll body, but because to rising inflation, this amount has already jumped to PHP9.3 billion.

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