Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark A. Villar said that a newly-constructed municipal building in Barcelona, Sorsogon is slowly gaining popularity due its architectural design that blends with the town’s tourist destinations with Spanish heritage.
Citing a report from DPWH Region 5 Director Virgilio C. Eduarte, Secretary Villar said that the DPWH Sorsogon 2nd District Engineering Office (SSDEO) completed the Spanish-inspired 2-storey building which replaces an old municipal hall located at Barangay Poblacion Sur, Barcelona town.
“The municipality of Barcelona - which has an extensive Spanish history evident in its name and old buildings - deserves a state-of-the-art government building that would match the town’s rich culture and heritage,” said Secretary Villar.
Designed to portray the Spanish christened town, the settings and backdrop of the new government building is a European styled domicile with asymmetrical façade, rounded arches, and rich decorative details in both the exterior and interior.
The new landmark building is now patronized not only by the townsfolk of Barcelona, but visitors passing along the national road where the building is constructed. It is also promoting the town’s other tourist destinations which include one (1) of the oldest churches in Bicol - the St. Joseph Parish Church that was built in 1874 and the Presidencia Ruins that used to be the municipal office and fortress during Spanish colonization but later destroyed by war and typhoons.
DPWH-SSDEO implemented the government building project in Barcelona, Sorsogon which has received an allocation of P40 Million.