Four years in the making, the new Legislative Building of the local government of General Santos was finally unveiled to the public on Monday, February 8, 2010.
In attendance were Mayor Jun Acharon and Vice Mayor Flor Congson who led the simple ribbon-cutting ceremony, Fr. Nonito Adorable, CP who blessed the entire building, members of the City Council, staff and workers of the SP, department heads and assistant department heads, members of the media and some select private individuals.
Two days later, the mayor delivered his last State of the City Address (SOCA) to a packed new SP Hall, composed of visitors from the public, private, religious and business sectors. It was history in the making and as the mayor stressed, “This legislative building is testament to the city’s stability.”
The P47 million peso two-storey building is located at the corner of South Osmena and Roxas Avenue and looks striking with its blue-tinted glass windows. In a few weeks time, all the employees and staff of the Sangguniang Panlungsod will eventually transfer there.
The ground floor will house the workplaces of the SP support staff and the vice-mayor …….
…..while the 14 members of the city council will have their own individual offices.
An elevator has been optioned for the building and might see fruition in a few years time as soon as budget is appropriated to this effect. The stairs are quite steep and might prove a problem for specially-abled persons.
This time, the SP Hall which faces Roxas Avenue is done theater-style and is more spacious. There is more room for spectators and the glass walls gives you a view of the street below.
All told, the new GenSan Legislative Building lives up to its promise. Its post-modern design blends well with its surroundings and the reflections on its glass curtain walls at the front facade adds to its charm. Inside, the spacious and high-ceilinged lobby evokes the grandeur befitting the august halls of our local lawmakers.
Try visiting the new GenSan Legislative Building and see what I mean!