LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Some Baguio city government officers and employees visited recently the Capitol Complex to study the standard of excellence of the Provincial Government of Pangasinan in rebuilding and maintaining the Capitol buildings.
Welcoming the Summer Capital contingent was Executive Assistant IV Ramon M. Morden, who extended the warm greetings of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr.
Morden briefed them on how the outgoing provincial chief executive conceived the rehabilitation details of the structural and interior design of the Capitol building and other landmark edifices which were completed during his first term in 2007-2008.
The 10-man team from the Baguio City Government was headed by City Building and Architectural Officer Nazarita Bañez and City Budget Officer Leticia Clemente, who both expressed amazement at the meticulous American neo-classical design of the building but fused with Pangasinan elements.
“It takes a passionate leader like Gov. Espino to complete such rehabilitation of the Capitol building… especially that it is the seat of power in the province,” said Clemente.
Both said that the observations they had gathered from their visit will serve as a model in their planning to renovate Baguio City Hall and other facilities.
First stop of the tour was the renowned Capitol building, which was duly recognized by the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts as one of the eight architectural treasures of the Philippines and proclaimed as the best and most beautiful of its kind in the country.
They also visited the Urduja house, the Sison Auditorium and the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center.
Joining Morden in receiving the guests were Provincial Budget Officer Hilaria Claveria and Provincial Engineer Antonietta Delos Santos.