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Major facilities on the rise at the Government Center

By Provincial Media Relations Center
August 17, 2010

PALO, Leyte  –  The provincial government of Leyte is undertaking major infrastructure projects at the Government Center in Palo, Leyte which are part of the province’s long-term development plan for the said province-owned property  to become an alternative business and leisure hub in the region.

Leyte Governor Carlos Jericho Petilla said during the weekly media forum Harampang ha PIA the two facilities are the 2,500 square meter building and a 5,000 square meter 1,500 capacity convention center.

The new building to be constructed would form part of the call center APAC Customer Service Inc.’s expansion while the convention center is the province’s answer to the need for bigger and better facility for national conventions and gatherings.

The provincial government is determined to provide more space for APAC's expansion to ensure that the company would continue to generate jobs for residents of Leyte and the region as a whole. APAC presently occupies the former Leyte Academic Center Gymnasium which the company has transformed into a modern-edged facility typical among call center locators.

With the 2,500 square meters additional office space APAC is asking, it could house at least 600 more call center agents, Gov. Petilla revealed. Already, with the present operations, APAC employs at least a thousand employees since it started.

The province, the governor added, is also preparing for more available space for other call center locator to the Leyte ICT Park.

The convention center would be located between the food chain Andok’s located at the Leyte ICoT Park and the office of the National Food Authority (NFA). Presently, the said area is being filled out to even the ground surface with the highway.

The convention center, on the other hand, is designed to seat 1,500 people which can be divided into three areas depending on the size of the event that would be held there.

Gov. Petilla said this project go hand in hand with the rehabilitation works at the McArthur Park Beach Resort being done by a private conglomerate.

The convention center project is now on its bidding process it was learned, but the province eyes its completion within the year.