San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora led the groundbreaking ceremony for a new multi-purpose building on Santolan Street Wednesday (January 20) that will house the Eastern Police District headquarters, a police station and the Bureau of Fire.
The old structure will be torn down and replaced by a six-storey building where the new headquarters of the Eastern Police District will be transferred.
The EPD headquarters currently holds office on Dr. Sixto Antonio Avenue in Pasig.
Zamora said the project costs P507 million and is expected to be completed in 18 months. It will be done in phases, tearing down one part at a time so as not to impede the daily operation of the police and the BFP.
The offices that will be affected by the project will temporarily hold office at substations in the city.
Zamora said the new building has a mezzanine floor, a roof deck and two basement parking levels. It will also have a health office, emergency services medical office, training rooms, barracks and laundry area for the personnel.
With a floor area of 14,489,51square meters, the amenities of the EPD headquarters include a fitness center, a lobby, an investigation section, guns and ammunition storage room, a conference room, a wooden basketball court and a firing range.
“The eventual transfer of the EPD headquarters is expected to add to the number of police presence in the streets of San Juan City and further improve its peace and order situation. This will also mean more able bodies to help implement IATF regulations and the city’s ordinances especially those about COVID-19 responses and prevention,” Zamora said.