Construction is underway for the new building of the Capiz Provincial Capitol.
Capiz Governor Fredenil H. Castro led the January 18, 2024 groundbreaking for the new site
located at Pueblo de Panay in Brgy. Lawaan, Roxas City.
“This is not mine. This owned by your children,” said Castro during his speech.
The governor expressed gratefulness to the Ong family for having ventured into a private-public
partnership for the new site Capitol site.
The Capitol site stands within a 3-hectare lot and will have a floor space of 15,000 square
meters, which is more than twice the floor space of the current Capitol building.
Jose “Bub” Ong, President and CEO of Pueblo de Panay Inc., underscored the significance of the
collaborative effort between Pueblo de Panay and the Capiz Provincial Government.
“This will also serve as a beacon of life and hope. This will be more than a people’s zone. This
is a replica of our unity and love as Capizeños,” said Ong.
The governor was assisted during the groundbreaking by Ong, Vice Governor James Magbanua,
Roxas City Mayor Ronnie Dadivas, Provincial Board Members, Provincial Administrator Arthur
John Biñas, the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP Capiz) led by Mayor
Raymund Malapajo of the Municipality of Maayon, provincial government department heads,
and key executives of Pueblo de Panay.
The ceremony also witnessed the unveiling of the architectural renderings for the proposed
building, showcasing an elegant design that blends modern functionality with timeless aesthetics.
For Pueblo de Panay Inc., the groundbreaking ceremony signified not just the construction of a
new Capitol. It is also the commitment to the future of Capiz that promises enhanced public
services and a testament to the province continual growth.
Having to be the seat of governance within the confines of the 670-hectares township brings the
Capiz Provincial Government closer to other developments.
That includes the Roxas City Integrated Transport Terminal that cater to municipal, provincial,
and national public transport vehicles as well as to the Pueblo de Panay Techno Park, residential
subdivision, condominiums, an agri-fishery industrial zone, educational institutions, malls, and
other commercial areas.
Capiz is a fast-progressing province that is popularly known in the Philippines as the country’s
Seafood Capital and a strong remittance-based economy.
The new development aligns with Capiz’s Seafood Capital + (Plus) campaign.
Recently, the Provincial Government of Capiz has been bolstering its economy with its growing
Information Technology and Business Process Management (IT-BPM) sector, with major
players located in seven- hectare Pueblo de Panay Techno Park around kilometer away from the
new Provincial Capitol site.
With the first IT-BPM building filled up and a second building nearing completion, the
Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA)-accredited IT Park is expected to bring Thousands
of jobs as an emerging IT-BPM hub serving Panay Island’s 4.5 population.