The city government has a plan to bring in the tourists and keep them within the city – an P800-million tower building that looks like a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) chain.
The concept is currently on the drawing boards of an architectural design team working under the City Mayor’s Office which is executing the design and construction plan based on inputs from Mayor Lucilo Bayron himself.
Richard Delera, a member of the design team, told Palawan News recently that they are looking at the building to provide an “iconic” branding to Puerto Princesa City and attract more visitors.
“Na-submit na namin ang first draft at ang budget nga na proposed ay P8 million. Hinihintay pa namin kung ano pa ang comment niya kasi may consultant siya at baka mabago pa ang tower building design,” he said.
He said that from an original design of 127 meters high, Mayor Bayron’s consultant, Engineer Rolando Garcia, a structural engineer, inventor, and founder of Roliie Rack International, recently suggested to make it 200 meters tall to accommodate 65 floors, two elevators, commercial spaces, and a three-level food court area.
The DNA building, which will be the first of its kind in Palawan, will not happen anytime soon as the city government still needs approval from the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP).
“Hindi pa iyan mangyayari ngayong taon kasi kumukonsulta pa rin si Mayor (Bayron) sa CAAP, at marami pang dapat kunsultahin talaga at i-consider,” said Delera.
The proposed building, he added, will be powered by solar powered and should save the city government from high electricity charges.
The DNA Tower design is patterned after the look of the DNA. “Ang concept kasi nito ang tawag namin ay DNA tower kasi twisted tower siya. Sa tank niya parang may helix,” he said.
The concept, he explained, came from a trip Bayron made to Korea, where he was inspired by a building design that is a popular tourist destination. Delera could not name, however, the particular structure he was referring.
“Pinagbasehan niya iyong building na nakita niya sa Korea na isang tower na dinarayo ng mga turista,” he said.
The proposed building, he further said, will take the interest of the tourists because it will have a 360-degree viewing floor space.
“What sets it different is that may 360 viewing siya since sa Palawan ay wala pa niyan,” said Delera, adding it will be a project that would provide additional employment opportunities.
Two areas are being considered to become the building site, namely: the old National Irrigation Authority (NIA) building space, and the area near the Boy Scout of the Philippines (BSP) office building in Sta. Monica.