The local government of Antipolo, which proposed that the city be the new location of the Senate of the Philippine, has drawn up plans for an iconic Senate Building which sits on top of a hill on a 25-hectare parcel of land which Antipolo City will donate free of any charge according to its Mayor Casimiro “Jun” Ynares III.
The Senate is considering relocating from its present location to another site because of the hefty P119 million rent that has to be paid for use of the GSIS Building in Roxas Boulevard. The choices have been narrowed to Taguig or Antipolo.
The Antipolo location includes a hilltop with a panoramic 360 degree unobstructed view of the neighboring areas including Metro Manila. This would be perfect location for an iconic Senate Building.
Additionally, the proposed Senate home is right beside the eight-lane Marikina-Infanta Highway (Marcos Highway) which connects Metro Manila to Quezon. It is accessible from Metro Manila as well as nearby provinces.
The Secretariat of the Senate has already visited the site and everyone liked what they saw.
“Maganda ‘yan. In fact, nag-occular na ang Secretariat ng Senado. Lahat sila, lahat ng member ng Secretariat, lahat ng empleyado nagpunta doon. Inutusan ni Senate President Koko Pimentel para i-occular yung lugar. Lahat sila nagandahan. Mataas ang lugar at 360 degrees kahit saan ka tumingin, kita mo ang lahat ng mga nakapaligid,” said Mayor Ynares.
(It’s beautiful. In fact, the Secretariat of the Senate already conducted an inspection. Everyone, all the members of the Secretariat, all the employees were instructed by Senate President Koko Pimentel to visit the Antipolo. Everyone said the place was beautiful and is on top of a hill with an unobstructed 360 degree view,” said Mayor Ynares.)
Mayor Ynares said the Senate will again convene after the President’s State of the Nation Address on July 24 to decide whether to relocate the Senate in Taguig or Antipolo.
The popular choice is Taguig but the Antipolo Mayor hopes the benefits of Antipolo’s location as well as the estimated billions of pesos in savings will sway the Senators to choose Antipolo instead.