Gov’t Center groomed
to become Leyte’s next central business district
Media Relations Center
November 10, 2009
TACLOBAN CITY – New
infrastructure development are now underway at the Government Center
in Palo, Leyte as the provincial government grooms the area to be the
next central business district for the province of Leyte.
Leyte Governor Carlos
Jericho disclosed projects currently being undertaken at the
Government Center include a mini-terminal and a convention center,
both facilities seen to augment the economic growth and business
opportunities rising along the area.
The mini-terminal, he
said, will be constructed at the vacant lot in between the regional
office of the National Food Authority (NFA-8) and the fastfood
franchise Andoks, which lot is still part of the
of the provincial government.
would basically function as a parking space for passenger vehicles
plying along the Palo route going to the south and west of
Leyte,” the governor said.
Members of the Palo
Police, as well as gasoline station owners along the junction and
highway of the government center have long complained that the lanes
along these areas are being used as parking space for passenger
Petilla likewise disclosed the planned convention center would be
located at the back of the former Leyte Academic Center Gymnasium
which, to recall, has been leased out to a call center company which
opened full operation early this year and the first call center
locator inside the Leyte ICT Park.
The convention center
is seen to replace the former LAC Gymnasium that could become a venue
for big gatherings and even national conventions.
The governor disclosed
the ongoing rehabilitation of the MacArthur Park Resort Hotel being
undertaken by a private conglomerate would complement the tourist
promotion efforts of the province together.
Works at the MacArthur
Park Resort Hotel, also located at the Government Center, is paced to
meet its soft opening deadline on April 30 next year and become fully
operational before the next Leyte Gulf Landing Commemoration in the
month of October.
To recall, the said
hotel had an original target date of opening last October 20, however,
rehabilitation works have been delayed.
The province has also
recently opened a Police Assistance Center at the Government Center,
located just beside the Leyte ICT Park, that provide peace, order,
security and other police assistance to the area.
The Police Assistance
Center would be manned by police officers from the Leyte Norte Police
Gov. Petilla likewise
mentioned these developments have been part of his long term goals
when he first assumed in office in 2004.
“They never believed
me then that these are possible and we can make these new developments
in the area but look at what we have now. We have increased activity
here and little by little, people start noticing all there,” Gov.