DPWH 6 chief fast-tracks construction of Bacolod City Museum/Auditorium

“Expedite the construction,” Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Regional Office 6 Director Nerie D. Bueno told the contractor during her recent visit to the ongoing construction of Bacolod City Museum/Auditorium.

Bueno personally fast-tracks various projects in the region especially those that are undertaken by the Regional Office to facilitate the timely implementation.

During the project inspection, Director Bueno instructed the Project Engineer to closely monitor the project implementation to have it delivered on time.

“If possible, we should work round-the-clock and stay ‘hand-on’ to ensure that our projects are implemented as scheduled,” Director Bueno stressed.

RD Bueno, however said that factors like unfavorable weather condition and restrictions due to COVID-19 may hinder the timely completion of the project, and reminded the people on site to follow the necessary health and safety requirements.

“In as much as we want to finish the project on time, we do not want to put at stake the health and safety of our people in the field, hence, you should make sure that our workers are properly managed,” Bueno said.

Bacolod City Museum/Auditorium, built in Brgy. Alijis, near the new Bacolod Government Center, is a remembrance of the historic events, culture, artistry and adroitness of the Negrenses who reside in Negros island in the early era.

The ₱213-Million structure funded under the Region’s FY 2020 and FY 2021 General Appropriations Act (GAA), involves construction of a 2-storey museum/auditorium with the floor area of approximately 4,800 square meters.

Divided into two phases, an initial amount of ₱163 million was released in the year 2020 for the construction of phase 1 to include the design and building of the main structure, which is already more than half way done. Phase 2, with the funding allocation of ₱50 million will be for the provision of the architectural features.

“This building will serve as an institution dedicated to preserving and interpreting the primary tangible evidence of humankind and the environment, with an auditorium to enable to hear and watch various performances,” Director Bueno stated.

“As a green building certified project, this museum will be sustainable, using environment-friendly responsible and energy-efficient materials and facilities,” Director Bueno added.

“Bacolod Museum will also serve as a major tourist attraction in the province. It will usher in a brand-new era of cultural preservation in Bacolod City. It is also expected to contribute to the education, cultural and tourism goals of the city, and aid in its economic and cultural revitalization,” explained Director Bueno. (DPWH-6)