New Governance Center soon to rise

A P300-million New Governance Center (NGC) will soon rise in the province of Guimaras to replace the 50-year old capitol of the Provincial Government of Guimaras.

In his State of the Province Address on December 19, 2018, Governor Samuel T. Gumarin unveiled that the construction of the NGC will commence on February 2019.

Gumarin said the new edifice will improve the image and quality of public services in the island province. “The New Governance Center will soon rise and a renewed brand of governance and infrastructure, compliant to all national laws and governing policies will eventually improve the image and quality of public services in the province of Guimaras,” Gumarin said.

The NGC is inspired by a Neoclassical Architecture and influenced by the White House, the United States Capitol and the Buckingham Palace.

Green Architecture will be applied to tne three-storey structure, in tune with the province’s drive to protect the environment.

Gumarin said that an open garden inside the structure will improve the air quality as well as the landscape and hardscape.

Grey water and rain water catchment system will be installed to the building to recycle water for irrigation or toilet flushing, gardening and will help minimize flooding in the Capitol area and surrounding residential areas.

The NGC also have an energy-efficient design with the provision of wide windows and entrances, the natural daylight design will reduce the building’s electricity needs.

“The provision of wide windows and entrances, as energy-efficient, natural daylight design reduces a building electricity needs and improve people’s health and productivity. As to water management, it minimizes the use of water through the installation of grey water and rainwater catchment systems that recycle water for irrigation or toilet flushing, gardening and will help flooding in the capitol area and its surrounding residential areas,” he added.

A P300-million loan from the Land Bank of the Philippines will finance the construction of the New Governance Center.