By: Dolly Yasa
BACOLOD City – The Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the province of Negros Occidental authorized Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson to accept the donation of the Negros First Animal Hub.
The resolution granting authority to Lacson was unanimously approved during the SP’s regular session on Aug 20, 2019.
Earlier, Lacson said that the controversial Negros First Animal Hub, located inside the Panaad Park and Stadium, has been formally turned over to the provincial government by contractor Eva Resoor.
Resoor said she was responsible for the building’s construction, although she assured the provincial government, then under governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., that she would donate it.
In October 2018, Resoor was suspended by the provincial government from participating in any government projects for six months to one year.
Resoor did not indicate who gave them permission to construct the Animal Hub.
The P4-million facility became controversial after I Watch Negros Occidental Inc. found that the project did not go through competitive bidding.
The former governor is also unaware of the construction and only learned of the structure during the opening of the Panaad sa Negros Festival in April 2018.
The structure was already 80 to 90 percent complete when construction was halted to give way to investigation.
The facility includes animal pens with rails, a drainage system, auctioneer’s bleachers, and an administration building.