Proposal to transfer city museum okayed

THE CITY council has approved on second reading the proposed amendment to the ordinance that established the Museo Dabawenyo.

In the regular session Tuesday, the councilors agreed to amend the provision of the ordinance that would allow it to be transferred to a new location.

The councilors agreed to the suggestion of Councilor Jimmy Dureza to delete from the ordinance the words “permanent and exclusive home” as this would have blocked any proposal to relocate the museum.

The amendment is necessary so that the city council can endorse to the Office of the President the construction of a new museum within the premises of the People’s Park, from its old location on A. Pichon Sr. street.

The Office of the City Mayor concurred with the City Planning and Development Office to relocate the museum whose design will be prepared by the City Engineer’s Office on orders of the Office of the President, which wants a building for stockrooms and cultural artifacts of the city.

The Museo Dabawenyo Advisory Board recommended that the facility be moved to a new area because the old one is small and lacks a parking space. Pichon street typically has heavy traffic especially during rush hour.

The city government has also requested P100 million from the Office of the President for the construction of the new building.

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