City of San Carlos Considers P1B Sports Complex

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BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

A modern, billion-peso sports complex is set to open soon in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, under the public-private partnership program.

Mayor Renato Gustilo said yesterday that a contractor had already expressed a desire to build the sports stadium on a five-hectare property purchased by the Brgy local government unit. Galicia, San Carlos City, which is part of the city’s long-term development plan.

The Development Bank of the Philippines has assured the city government that it will approve the billion-peso project within three to four months, the re-elected mayor of the city of San Carlos said, as he hopes it will will start within the year.

Gustilo said it will be the contractor who will initially spend on the construction of the sports complex, which is bigger and more modern than the Panaad sports complex in Brgy. Mansilingan, Bacolod City.

As soon as the DBP approves the project, the contractor is assured of progress payment by the city government, he added.

Gustilo also said the proposed circumferential road, which leads to the shore, was purchased during the administration of then-mayor Eugenio Jose Lacson as part of the San Carlos City Master Development Plan.

We are now looking for materials for the construction of the circumferential road that will connect Brgy. Galicia on the coasts, in preparation for the future development of reclamation areas going to the port, he said.

All cargo trucks will no longer pass through the busiest streets of the population, but through the circumferential road, Gustilo added.

These long-term development plans will be completed by the next generation of San Carlos city officials until all proposed projects are completed, he added.

Construction of the 7-story City Hall Annex Building is currently underway to alleviate congestion at City Hall. If completed, the main City Hall building will be the permanent one-stop-shop for transactions for residents of the city of San Carlos, Gustilo added.*

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