GALLEON-TYPE BUILDING. The perspective of the proposed Magellan Galleon-type provincial Capitol building in the Dinagat Islands province. The new building will replace the old one that was destroyed by Typhoon Odette in December last year. (Photo courtesy of Province of Dinagat Islands PIO)

BUTUAN CITY – Bidding is underway for the construction of the “Magellan Galleon type” Capitol building in the Province of Dinagat Islands.

In a statement Tuesday, the provincial government said the planned construction forms part of the continuing efforts to restore the province's devastated seat of office following the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in December 2021.

The PHP50 million building will replace the former capitol building that was destroyed by the typhoon.

“The perspective and design of the Magellan Galleon-type building were presented by the Provincial Engineering Office and the Provincial Architect Office to Gov. (Nilo) Demerey (Jr.) on Tuesday,” the statement said.

The ship-type building for the capitol building has significance to the history of Dinagat Islands,

“The design will also serve as a landmark for the province and help boost its tourism industry,” it added.

It said the provincial government also plans to develop the 402-hectare provincial Capitol complex.

The provincial government assured the public that site development will not harm the environment. (PNA)