PALO, Leyte, Nov. 12 (PNA) – A Malaysian firm is eyeing to kick off the construction of a Php4 billion disaster resilient government center in this town early next year.

Dubbed as “The Octagon” project of AlloyMTD, the nine-hectare property will rise in the existing government owned lot in Candahug village of this town.

Grace T. Pesca, AlloyMTD Philippines head of contracts and procurements said a market survey is ongoing.

“We are optimistic that there will be relocators because of ongoing economic developments in Eastern Visayas,” Pesca said.

Leyte Governor Leopoldo Dominico L. Petilla, chairman of the Regional Development Council said the AlloyMTD project will encourage more BPO companies to invest in the province.

“There are many interested BPO firms, but we have no infrastructure to accommodate them. No wonder, many BPO workers in Manila and Cebu are from Leyte,” Petilla said.

Initially, the firm plans to break the ground in January 2015 and will be completed within two years. AlloyMTD will manage the project for 30 years under the built-operate-transfer scheme.

The project consist of three 8-storey buildings for government offices with a total floor area of 11,688 square meters (sqm); 6-storey business process outsourcing (BPO) with 11,500 seats; 5-storey hotel (7,302 sqm); 4-storey private sector office (5,844 sqm); and a three-storey hospital (4,833 sqm).

The project consists of eight buildings with a total floor area of three hectares. Structures are designed to withstand up to 320 kilometers per hour wind velocity and intensity 8 earthquakes, according to Pesca.

The property, which is the firm’s most expensive government center project in the country, will rise eight meters above sea level and structures will be built to protect the complex from storm surges.

“The Octagon will symbolize their resilience to inspire a new beginning for its people. Thus, this facility, consisting of 8 octagonal buildings forming an 8-sided complex, will surely rekindle their hope for a brighter future,” the firm said in a statement.

Patterned after Putrajaya, the federal administrative center of Malaysia, AlloyMtd envisions to replicate one-stop-shop government centers all over the Philippines.

Its first project in the country is the Php2.5 billion regional government center in Calamba, Laguna, which was ready for occupancy two months ago. (PNA)