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National Museum to help restore "Old Dumaguete Presidencia"

DUMAGUETE — Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo and the National Museum of the Philippines, represented by Director Jeremy Barns, have signed a Deed of Usufruct to restore the Old Dumaguete Presidencia located at the city hall here.
The P50 million restoration of the Old Dumaguete Presidencia, or the old city hall, will be up for bidding by the 3rd quarter of this year. Hopefully, the project will commence before the year ends.
City Information Officer Dems Rey Demecillo said the Old Presidencia, the city's seat of government during the Spanish era, comprises a small portion of the present city hall, with two levels and three windows only.
The City Treasurer's Office, the City Accounting Office, and the City Legal Office are currently occupying that portion of the Old Presidencia.
These offices are to be transferred to another location at the city hall compound once the restoration project begins, he said.
Once the restoration project is finished, a regional museum and satellite office will be set up by the National Museum that will showcase artifacts on the local heritage of Negros Island, Demecillo said.
The current city hall, which has been extended and expanded over the years, houses majority of the local government's various offices and departments.
But Mayor Remollo had previously announced that sometime in July, a groundbreaking for the new government center will be held somewhere in the adjacent villages of Banilad and Bajumpandan.
The mayor said he hopes to make Dumaguete a heritage city, having sought the help of historians, architects and advocates to form a heritage group to help in future projects.
Demecillo said that income derived from the regional museum and other establishments such as a café or shops, will go to the city government.
The Dumaguete City Council, with the endorsement of the mayor, had voted for the Old Presidencia's restoration.
The Old Presidencia was designed by the great Filipino architect Juan M. Arellano and was built in 1937, according to Demecillo.
Present during Wednesday's signing were city officials, a team from the National Museum, and stakeholders from the private sector. (PNA)
Iyaz Kamias
Maja Limuyak
Valeen Kinitan

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Last Modified: 2017-Sep-19 23.31.24 UTC+0800