Garcia eyes transfer of Cebu Province’s seat of power to Balamban town

Lorraine Ecarma
Governor Gwen Garcia says moving the capitol to a new site will strengthen the identity of Cebu province

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia announced that plans were ongoing for the construction of a new Cebu Provincial Capitol in the western town of Balamban.

Garcia said in a press conference on Thursday, November 5, that it was decided to move provincial government offices to Balamban to make services more accessible to the public.

“First of all, makatabang ni dire, maka-ease up ni sa traffic nga padung sa Cebu City. Ikaduha but I think mas labaw nga importante, for the convenience of our provincial constituents,” she said.

(First of all, it would help out the traffic situation in Cebu City. Second, and most importantly, for the convenience of our provincial constituents.)

The provincial government was eyeing a budget of P550 million for the acquisition of land, and the construction of the government center and other facilities in Balamban.

The current seat of power is in the Cebu Provincial Capitol Compound located in Cebu City. The city is independent and outside the jurisdiction of the Cebu Provincial Government.

Garcia said that moving the provincial offices to Balamban would also strengthen the identity of the province.

“Because, right now government services of the provincial government can be availed of in Cebu City where the constituents of this local government unit [Cebu City] really has no need of such services kay Cebu City man ni sila residents (because they’re Cebu City residents),” Garcia explained.

The Cebu governor added that she planned to tap Pag-IBIG to construct housing facilities for provincial employees. She also said that she intended to get the help of private sector for the construction of a commercial center in the compound.

As for the present Cebu Provincial Capitol Building, Garcia said its preservation was of utmost priority considering it was a heritage site.–

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