The City Government of Valenzuela, headed by Mayor WES Gatchalian, breaks the ground for the new and modernized Finance Center Building and Legislative and People’s Center Building as the answer to the prevailing issues at the city hall, October 17.

Mayor Gatchalian enumerated the issues that he observed when he made rounds during the first week of assumption in office. He took note of the limited parking slots, lack of storage area, and the absence of a decent cafeteria that can accommodate about 13,000 city hall employees.

As answers to these problems, Mayor WES sat down with the design team to plan the new buildings to make room for what are presently lacking in the existing facilities.

The new buildings are designed to have basement parking areas with a total of 157 car slots and 113 motorcycle slots. The 6th floor of the Finance Center will be allotted as “Central Storage Area” that will keep the City’s original and important documents. Lastly, the City Hall employees will soon enjoy the London-inspired 100-seater food hall at the Legislative Building.

State of the Art Buildings
Finance Center Building New State-of-the-Art to Rise in Valenzuela City: Valenzuela City Mayor WES Gatchalian, together with finance offices department heads, the engineering department, and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), officially groundbreaks for the new Php 295, 120,778.62 Finance Center as part of his First 100 Days Agenda, October 17, 2022. The six-storey building will have iconic architecture and interior design for the comfort of both the employees and the tax-paying constituents. With a total floor area of 11, 199.64 square meters, this project answers the problems faced by the employees in daily operations, such as storage, parking, and canteen. It features underground parking spaces with 91 car slots and 32 motorcycle slots, and a dedicated area for police vehicles. The topmost floor is allotted as a central file storage facility. It is expected to be completed in the 1st quarter of year 2025. (Mico Quebrar, Photo/Text)

The New Finance Center Building is a six-storey building with a basement parking. This state-of-the-art building will house the income-generating offices of the City, such as the Treasurer’s Office, Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO), City Assessor’s Office, Geographical Information System – Data Management Office (GIS-DMO), Office of the Building Official (OBO), City Business Inspection and Audit Team (CBAT), Local Civil Registry, Zoning Office, and the City Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO), and the Valenzuela City Information and Communication Technology Office (ICTO).

Meanwhile, the Legislative and People’s Center Building is designed as a four-storey building with two basement parking. This new and more modern Legislative building awaits the offices of the Sangguniang Panglungsod ng Valenzuela, the Plenary Hall, the 100-seater food hall for employees, and the bigger and better City Child Protection Center.

State of the Art Buildings
Valenzuela Groundbreaks New Home of Local Sanggunians: Valenzuela City Mayor WES Gatchalian leads the Groundbreaking Ceremony of the New Php 334,860,629.87 Legislative and People’s Center as part of his First 100 Days Agenda, October 17, 2022. The 10,279.65 square meters building shall become the future home of the Sangguniang Panglungsod ng Valenzuela. It will have the new Plenary Hall that’s comparable to the one in the Lower House. It will also house the new and better Valenzuela City Child Protection Center in aim of leveling up people-centric social services. As response to the need to modernize and raise the capacity of the existing canteen, the new building will have a 100-seater cafeteria which was designed to be also functional as meeting area for employees. This four-storey building, with a state of the art, and iconic architecture and interior design has two underground basement parking space with capacity of 66 car slots and 81 motorcycle slots. Senator WIN Gatchalian lobbied for the fund and target completion is in the first quarter of 2025. (Kevin Gatchalian, Photo/Text)

Mayor WES said that these two new infrastructures as he said will be marked as history in the City of Valenzuela, “Isang karangalan sa akin na sa first 100 days ko in office na personally ipresent sa inyo ang dalawang imprastraktura na magiging landmark in the history ng ating mahal na lungsod.” (It is an honor for me that in my first 100 days in office to personally present to you two infrastructures that will become landmarks in the history of our beloved city.)

The City Mayor acknowledged Senator WIN Gatchalian for helping the local government acquire funding to make way for a new, bigger, better, and state-of-the-art buildings that will cater to the needs of every Valenzuelanos and serve the city taxpayers better. He dubbed these flagship projects as “Proyektong Kakaiba”.

Senator WIN Gatchalian lobbied for a total budget of PhP 295,120,778 for the Finance Center and PhP 334,860,629 for the Legislative and People’s Center. Completion of the two buildings is slated in the first quarter of 2025.

State of the Art Buildings
Valenzuela’s New State-of-the-Art Buildings: Valenzuela City Mayor presents the features of the soon-to-rise new edifices at the City Hall grounds – the New Finance Center and the New Legislative and People’s Center during the inauguration ceremonies, October 17, 2022. As part of his First 100 Days Agenda, the new buildings offer solutions to the prevailing problems at the City Hall, such as parking space, capacity of cafeteria, and file storage facility. With its modern architecture and interior design, the buildings will have more underground parking spaces, a new 100-seater London-inspired cafeteria that can also be a venue for meetings, and a dedicated floor as a file storage area. These projects were made possible through the initiative of Senator WIN Gatchalian and are slated for completion in the 1st quarter of 2025. (Clinton Ramos, Photo/Text)

Joining Mayor WES were the City Council, headed by City Vice Mayor Lorie Natividad Borja, 1st District Councilors Marlon Alejandrino, Ricarr Enriquez, Ghogo Deato Lee, Ramon Encarnacion, 2nd District Councilors Gerald Galang, Niña Lopez, Sel Sabino-Sy, Louie Nolasco, Mickey Pineda, and Chiqui Carreon, and Liga ng mga Barangay President Jonjon Bartolome.

Also present at the event were Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Metro Manila 3rd District Engineering Office District Engineer, Engr. Ruel Umali, and Assistant District Engineer, Engineer Andres Macaalay, Jr, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) – Valenzuela Director Mary Jane Nacario, Valenzuela City Police Station OIC PCOL Salvador Salazar Destura Jr., Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Valenzuela President Dr. Nedeña Torralba, Punong Barangays, and the City Department Heads.

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