BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Vice-Governor Jeffrey Ferrer yesterday aired his support to the planned transfer of the seat of power of the provincial government of Negros Occidental to Talisay City.
Ferrer said that the matter will be seriously discussed by the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental next year.
The 25-hectare property, purchased by the provincial government, in Brgy. Matab-ang, Talisay City, is the new site of the Provincial Administration Center that was originally planned to be constructed besides a commercial building at Aguinaldo Street in Bacolod City.
The new PAC building has a budget of P900 million.
Ferrer said the planned new site of the PAC building is close to the airport, with a circumferential road bypassing the main thoroughfares of Bacolod City.
“For me, there is no problem,” Ferrer said, when asked if he will support the transfer.
Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson said that aside from the new PAC building, they will also construct a separate building for the legislative branch of the provincial government.
The present Capitol building may be used as a museum, or offices of national government agencies, Ferrer said.
He said he is open to the idea of making Talisay the new capital of Negros Occidental, noting also that there are instances where the opinions of leaders of Bacolod, a highly urbanized city, and the provincial government differ from each other.
“You cannot implement what you want to do in an area that is not your territory,” he stressed.
Lacson earlier said that the possibility of making Talisay the new capital city of Negros Occidental is not an issue for now.
Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz earlier said that, under the Local Government Code, the provincial government of Negros Occidental has the “autonomy” to transfer its capital.
It only takes a three-fourths vote of the SP to transfer the seat of power of the provincial government, Diaz said.*