BACOLOD City – Senate Minority Floor Leader Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri said on Oct 14, 2018 that the construction of the P163-million museum for Bacolod City is expected to start in the first quarter of 2019.
Zubiri presented the architectural design and perspective of the multi-million museum to the media and the Bacolod City officials headed by Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran in a press conference held at L’Fisher Hotel here.
With Familiaran were Councilors Em Ang, Caesar Distrito, and Bart Orola.
Familiaran said Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia has called him up and said that he could not be around for the presentation as he has to leave for Manila for an important matter.
Zubiri said that the structure is not simply a museum but will have an amphitheater as well as an auditorium where events, meetings, and other activities can also be held.
He said the structure will have a leaf design and is not a traditional museum.
He also described it as an iconic and historic structure that will be one of the tourism attractions of Bacolod City in the future.
Zubiri assured he has lobbied that the P163-million budget will be included in the 2019 budget and will be allocated in full for the museum and not the usual allocation released by tranches.
He stressed that this would ensure that the project’s construction will be continuous until it is completed.
The museum is targeted to be finished in more or less two years, Zubiri said.
When asked why he has chosen Bacolod for the project, Zubiri who is yet due for re-election in 2022 said that, “We want to give back to the Bacolod and Negros, our roots are here.”
He cited Ilonggo Senator Franklin Drilon whom he said has facilitated major projects for Iloilo.
Zubiri added that the museum will be first of the many projects he has in line for Bacolod City and the province of Negros Occidental.
He pointed out that the city government’s share is to provide the 5,000 square meter location.
On his part, Familiaran said that there is already a location for the project and it will be announced by Leonardia himself.
Familiaran added that the city officials are thankful to Zubiri for the project and they have acknowledged him as the city government’s godfather.