Duterte supports construction of new Senate building in BGC

Published June 6, 2018, 8:08 AM

by iManila Developer

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte said that senators can expect his support for their decision to move the Senate address and construct a new building at the Bonifacio Global City (BGC) in Taguig City.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, in his arrival statement at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport on June 5, 2018 following a successful three-day official visit to the Republic of Korea, that he and Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in has committed to strengthen the partnership of both countries in the areas of defense and security, trade and investments, infrastructure development, and protection of our nationals. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Duterte, when asked about the Senate move during his arrival speech in Pasay City, said that he will support the Senate wherever they want to move.

“Anywhere the Senate wants to build it, we will say ‘Amen,'” Duterte said in his Wednesday predawn speech at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).

The President also said he knows that the Senate is “occupying” a place owned by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and that he would suggest they would move to a more conducive space.

“Well, they are occupying a place na hindi kanila ‘yan. I think it’s owned by GSIS, I believe,” he said.

“If they can kind of — a more spacious environment, I suggest that, and even in the parking and the mobility of… Wala akong objection diyan (I have no objections),” he added.

Senate’s new building is expected to rise in 2020. The Chamber is expected to vacate the GSIS property in the same year.

Last week, the design for the new Senate building was revealed–a four-tower edifice which will be constructed by Los Angeles-based construction firm AECOM.

The project was awarded to AECOM after it submitted to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) a design worth less than P5 billion.

Earlier, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian explained that the Senate will only shoulder half the construction cot of its new home, following criticisms of the institution’s move to the business district.