Governor Amado I. Espino III will enter into a deed of usufruct with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for the use of a parcel of land containing an area of approximately 800 square meters within the Capitol complex.
This was made possible after the provincial board has approved Provincial Resolution No. 37-2019 for the said purpose on its regular session on July 29.
Intensely deliberated, the resolution which was authored by Sanguniang Panlalawigan Members Rosary Gracia P. Perez-Tababa, Liberato Z. Villegas and Noel C. Bince noted that the DENR is desirous to transfer within the vicinity of the Capitol compound in Lingayen and has requested the provincial government for a parcel of land in which they can construct a three-storey provincial building.
Recognizing the vital role of the agency, the provincial government through the Provincial Engineering Office has conducted a survey and it was determined that the proposed site which is adjacent to the Pangasinan Training and Development Center (PTDC) and the Justice Hall has an area of approximately 800 square meters. Thus, said area was selected as the site for the establishment.
“The term of the usufruct shall be for 25 years subject to early termination for just and valid cause, or renewal upon mutual consent and discretion of both parties,” the resolution stated.
As reiterated by BM Tababa, the provincial government duly recognized the vital role of the agency in providing extension and on-site research services and facilities such as those related to the effective protection, development, management, rehabilitation and conservation of environment and natural resources. Hence, the deed of usufruct is vital in allowing the usage of the mentioned property.
DENR-PENRO Pangasinan OIC Raymundo Gayo, on the other hand, expressed gratitude to the present administration to include the provincial board for granting the request of the agency as he vowed to work hand-in-hand with the provincial government in terms of matters concerning the preservation and protection of the environment.
Gayo said that the establishment of the provincial office within the Capitol compound will allow their agency to coordinate easily with the provincial government as well as other national agencies located within the complex.
As such, BM Nestor D. Reyes and BM Von Mark Mendoza both proposed that the structure to be constructed must conform with the structural designs of the facilities within the complex so as to preserve the grandeur of the Capitol building which is considered as one of the best if not the best Capitol structure in the entire country.
Relative to this, BM Jeremy Agerico Rosario suggested for the need to immediately create a special committee that will take charge of the drafting of development plan or zoning masterplan of the Capitol complex.
/Ruby R. Bernardino (Photos by JZP)