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Gwen quizzes haste in new capitol

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Cebu Third District Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia yesterday advised the provincial government to slow down in the construction of the proposed P1.5-billion resource building inside the historic capitol complex.

This developed as she questioned the apparent haste by some capitol officials to proceed with the project, despite lacking an approval from the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP).

“Why the hurry? And what has happened to the commission’s recommendations on the design?” Garcia asked.

She said proceeding with the project without clearance from NHCP could violate the laws on heritage preservation within a declared heritage site.

Built in 1937, the provincial capitol building was declared a national historical landmark in 2008 during Garcia’s time as governor.

To recall, the NHCP called the capitol’s attention last 19 November, after it proceeded with the bidding of the 20-story building without first submitting a new development plan.

But provincial administrator Mark Tolentino said they already answered NHCP’s concerns on the building’s construction and that a new development plan is no longer necessary.

Escalante, however, said he has yet to receive a reply from Tolentino on his March 2017 letter.

In the said letter, he recommended that the new building should be arranged symmetrically on both sides of the old capitol because of its historical value.

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