BALANGA CITY, Bataan – A Malaysian conglomerate is all set to start its P2.4 billion-worth of redevelopment project at the Bataan Capitol in this city after groundbreaking on Tuesday.
Engr. Isaac David, president of Alloy MTD Phils., Inc., said they will begin knocking down the rear portion or the annex of the capitol building that will be replaced by a multi-storey building to serve as government center. The main capitol building will be retained.
Alloy MTD Phils. is a member of the Alloy MTD of Malaysia Group that is funding multi-billion peso-government projects in the Philippines under Public-Private-Partnership (PPP).
“Target date of completion of the first of two phases is 15 months after the preparation of the design in three months,” David said. “The first to rise is the one-stop shop where different government agencies will be housed to provide financial and social services for comfort of the transacting public,” Bataan Gov. Albert Garcia said.
To follow is the construction of a commercial center and business hotel in the 10-hectare capitol ground. At the business hotel, various tourism activities can be held in addition to other hotels in Balanga City, the governor said. He said that two buildings intended for Business Process Outsourcing firms will be part of the redevelopment program. “Maraming trabaho, opportunidad ang malilikha,” Garcia said.
The governor said that in the modern design of the infrastructures, traces of history will not be set aside, Bataan having played a major role during World War II. “Magkakaroon ng bunker-designed offices para magsilbing reminder ng significance ng World War II,” Garcia said.
“Ang kagandahan ng project, walang perang ilalabas ang provincial government dahil under PPP ito, kaya ang pera magagamit sa ibang mahahalagang projects,” he added.
In the contract signing, Gov. Abet S. Garcia and Vice-Gov. Efren Pascul, Jr. represented the provincial government while Engr. Isaac David and Mr. Keith Cowling (representing Dr. Azmil Khaled, President & CEO of Alloy MTD Group), signed for the Malaysian firm.