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Gov’t Center groomed to become Leyte’s next central business district

By Provincial 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 Government Center of the provincial government.

“The mini-terminal 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 vehicles.

Meanwhile, Gov. 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 Provincial Office.

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. Petilla said.