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DPWH starts building new Antique legislative building

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The Department of Public Works and Highways has started construction of a new P48.458-million legislative building for the Antique provincial government.

DPWH Antique District Engineer Elsie Sabay said the building will occupy 1,790 square meters and have three floors.

“Once completed, the new building adjacent to the old capitol building will be the workplace of members and employees of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan and other support services of the province,” the DPWH said.

Sabay said the new building, once completed, will enhance the delivery of services to the people.

It will also provide a safer and more conducive office environment for the Capitol’s officials and employees.

Meanwhile, the old Capitol building is up for rehabilitation to prevent further deterioration. Sabay said they also seek to preserve its architectural façade.

Covered by the rehabilitation project worth P48.178 million are:
– retrofitting/strengthening of columns and beams on the first floor
– replacement of wooden floor slab on the second floor to concrete floor slab
– electrical, plumbing and painting works

Once the retrofitting is completed, the old building will serve as library, archive and museum of the province.

Earlier, Sen. Loren Legarda joined DPWH Region 6 Assistant Director Jose Al Fruto, and other local officials led the ceremonial groundbreaking for the construction of the new building.