Bacolod City Mayor Monico Puentevella confirmed that the almost 1.4-hectare
area in Barangay 12 where the famous Manokan Country is located will be “sold or
leased” to the highest bidder, but the famous landmark will not be demolished;
rather, it will be “improved and modernized”.
Bacolod Mayor Monico Puentevella holds the proposal for a modernized Manokan
Country during his press conference at Libertad market yesterday.* (CMO-PIO
KAGAWAD Danilo Suansing (in black t-shirt) of Barangay Mansilingan, Bacolod
City is supervising the footwalk construction at Purok Paglaum Village. Also in
photo is Purok Chairman Rodel Jacinto and Enrique Galve.*
Puentevella’s reaction came following rumors that the current administration
is “planning to sell” one of the city’s icons for P300 million.
“A new Manokan Country will rise soon, and it will be our next tourist
attraction,” Puentevella said, adding that the restoration and repair of the
area is also part of his Master Plan and the Livable Designs Challenge proposed
by the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) and the United Architects of
the Philippines-Bacolod City Chapter.