Thursday, February 19, 2009 [ manilatimes.net ]
Several business groups lauded the move by the Rizal Provincial Government to transfer its capitol to Antipolo City from its present site in Pasig, saying it will generate new business opportunities for the province’s various municipalities.
The Rizal Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Rizal Federation of Rural Bankers said the transfer “brings the seat of the provincial government closer to the province.”
The Rizal business community is happy that the province’s towns and component city would finally be the primary beneficiary in having the provincial capitol in its new location.
The new three-storey Rizal capitol, located on a 5.095-hectare site inside the Ynares Center Complex in Antipolo City, will be formally inaugurated on March 4.
Gov. Casimiro Ynares 3rd of Rizal said the transfer to the new site is a “decisive response to the clamor among our constituents to locate the center of the provincial government inside the province’s territorial jurisdiction.”
“The scheduled opening of the new 8,200-square meter capitol building marks the end to decades of inquiries as to why the seat of the Rizal provincial government continues to be in Pasig City, which isn’t within the territory of the province,” Ynares said.
Local government leaders of Rizal said the transfer of the Capitol would help strengthen the economic growth of the province.
Pasig City ceased to be part of Rizal Province when Metro Manila was formally created in 1975.--James Konstantin Galvez