Defensors lead inauguration of P400M capitol complex


Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. led the unveiling of the P400-million redeveloped Iloilo provincial capitol complex recently.

His father and namesake, the former governor, was the special guest.

“The redevelopment of the capitol ground is a dream project.

This is my last, most treasured project for the people of Iloilo,” the elder Defensor said.

Meanwhile, the National Museum of the Philippines director Jeremy Barnes described the complex as a cultural and heritage landmark. (

“What has been realized is a complex that will be the pride of all Ilonggos, promoting its history and beauty as it continues to serve as the seat of government for the province,” said Barnes in a message read by Western Visayas Regional Museum chief Honey Beso.

He added that the capitol complex is “now a cultural and heritage landmark and a place of education and leisure, all for the benefit of the public and visitors from all around the world.”

Barnes failed to grace the inauguration ceremony last December 2 due to typhoon “Tisoy.”