BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The Bataan Provincial Development Council (PDC) has approved the creation of a one-stop-shop and mixed use master plan development of the 10.26 hectares of the Capitol compound here at the estimated project cost of P 1.5 Billion .
Governor Albert Raymond Garcia S. Garcia, PDC chair, signed Resolution 1 Series of 2014 recently providing a one-stop-shop service facility at the provincial level for clients to simplify and fast-track the processing of requirements necessary for setting up a business.he Resolution also directed locally–based national government agencies, government owned and controlled corporations or their frontline services to relocate in the newly designated facility.
Garcia said this innovative development of a one–stop-shop project inside the huge capitol compound is conceptualized to be funded under the Public Private Partnership scheme and is geared toward integration of institutional, business, retail and even residential land uses making them readily accessible in one cohesive site leading to harmonious and convenient delivery of basic services for the public.
According to Garcia the operation of the one-stop-shop, about half-kilometer away from the commercial district of the fast growing component city in Central Luzon is expected to minimize information lapses and ensure an enabling environment for investors to locate and engage in sustainable business in the province.
Engineer Alexander M. Baluyot, Bataan Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator and concurrent Provincial Development Council secretary described, based on the present situation, the general land use of the provincial capitol area as solely for institutional purposes.
However, with the end goal of the present administration that is to facilitate the entry of entrepreneurs and at the same time improve the level of public services, the conversion of the capitol compound into a mixed-use development is visualized to focus on the inevitable economic prosperity and development of Bataan into a leading investment hub in Central Luzon, Baluyot said.
The proposed project, Baluyot pointed out would certainly contribute higher valuation of the area brought about by the commercialization, business interest and other relevant services rendered by local and national agencies as well as job generation from the foreseeable launching of Information Technology-Business Process Outsourcing (IT-BPO ) centers in Bataan.
He added, the project component includes rehabilitation of the old Bataan Capitol Building, development of commercial/rentable spaces/parking areas and construction of a leisure park and landscaped grounds.