The Negros Occidental provincial government yesterday began the demolition of some structures at the Paglaum Sports and Complex facing Lacson and Hernaez streets in Bacolod City, even as officials of the Negros Occidental Teachers’ Federation appealed that their building be spared.
The provincial government’s target is to complete demolition of all the structures by May so the construction of a new three-storey building can begin, Provincial Legal Officer Jose Ma. Valencia said.
Valencia said the NOTF officers are appealing that their building at the corner of Lacson and Hernaez streets be spared from demolition.
However, their structure has to be demolished as it is vital to connecting the two wings of the new building that the provincial government is constructing along Lacson and Hernaez streets, Valencia said.
The provincial government has offered a 1,000-square meter relocation site for the NOTF in Barangay 39, Bacolod City, he said.
However, the NOTF officials asked that if their present building is, indeed, demolished they should instead be given space to rebuild at Lacson Street, Valencia said.
Valencia said he will have to talk to the governor about it, saying the NOTF building will be last on the list of structures for demolition.
The NOTF, through its president Portia Mallorca and general manager Ruben Camarista, appealed that their building be spared from ejection in a letter to the governor dated April 5.
They said the NOTF was established in 1946 and out of the P10 voluntary contribution of each of their members they built the NOTF building, formerly known as the Teachrs’ Center.
The NOTF building has provided public school teachers and their families a home in the city, and also offered educational services, not only to teachers, but to other stakeholders, they added.*CPG