Thedevelopment of a one-stop government service center cum central business hub inthe city of Palayan is essential in transforming the province of Nueva Ecijainto a premiere growth hub having in consideration one of President Rodrigo Duterte’saim of integrating vital government services, both national and local, into a distinctlocation. This certains accessibility and convenience of public service topeople. In line of this development, Nueva Ecija, once a “barren governmentland” as stated by Governor Czarina Umali, will become a more progressive andsubstantial province, opening up new opportunities for talents in the localeand increasing profits for many businesses.Thus, turning the province into an integral institutional and civic complex.
Theprovince’s government agencies are currently situated in the city of Cabanatuanand among the agencies that will hold office in the one-stop government servicecenter in Palayan City are (1) Department of Education (DEPED), (2) Departmentof the Interior and Local Government (DILG), (3) Department of Trade andIndustry (DTI), (4) National Statistics Office (NSO), (5) National Bureau ofInvestigation (NBI), (6) Commission on Elections (COE), (7) Philippine OverseasEmployment Agency (POEA), (8) Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) andthe (9) Social Security System (SSS), (10) Department of Information andCommunication Technology (DICT), (11) Philippine Health InsuranceCorporation (PhilHealth), (12) Department ofTourism (DOT), (13) Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR), (14) Pag-IbigFund and (15) Land Bank of the Philippines, (16) National Economic andDevelopment Authority (NEDA), (17) Department of Foreign Affairs, (18)Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), and (19) Philippine Statistics andAuthority (PSA). The government center building will house all the people’sneed for processing their licenses and renewing their passports, NBIclearances, loan applications, business licenses, and other governmentdocuments. This building serves as the heart of the project.
The concept of having a one-stop-shop governmentcenter was initially discussed in 1989 at the National Economic and DevelopmentAuthority (NEDA) – Regional Development Center (RDC). This proposal forintegrating vital government services is the answer to the local government’seffort in providing better service, comfort and convenience to the people,upholding work opportunities, and promoting better governance. Aside from the central government building, two BusinessProcess Outsourcing (BPO) buildings, which is Nueva Ecija’s very first BPOcenter, is also a part of the business hub development that can employ 5000 callcenter agents per shift, having a total of three shifts. The fourth one is thecommercial establishments with a 75-room hotel occupying three floors.
Thehotel is considered as Palayan City’s first major commercial establishment. The3.4 hectare land allotted for the project will also feature a central plazathat will act as the main activity center measuring 7,500 square meters.The government center cum central business hubfollows two of United Nation’s sustainable development goals which is (1) touphold a comprehensive and sustainable economic growth and to provide work forall without harming the environment, (2) to promote a sustainable developmentthrough invigorating a global partnership allowing the private sectors and thecivil society to build long-term investments for the developing countries. It is under the PublicPrivate Partnership scheme of MTD Philippines, Nueva Ecija’s provincialgovernment, and Palayan’s city government that the agencies will be able tocome closer to people ensuring fast, efficient, and high quality services. Thisproject is a subsidiary of a Malaysian Firm, the Alloy MTD.
However,roughly half of Novo Ecijanos leave the province to take the risk of findingjobs in Metro Manila because it lacks of work opportunities, and it doesn’thave adequate amount of investments. The slow progress of the province is achallenge in its economy. Also, majority of the government agencies in theprovince of Laguna only rent offices and according to Senator Chiz Escudero, Chairmanof the Finance Committee in the Senate, “Renting spaces at a cost is like throwing moneydown the drain.” In this study, we are to assess theideal planning and design for integrating vital government services in onebuilding.
Theprovince of Nueva Ecija need spaces to operate and function well to refrainfrom renting and effectively allocate limited resources. The Nucleus City: A Government Center cumCentral Business Hub will be the face of progress in Palayan City, Nueva Ecijaturning it into a premiere growth hub. Its development will transform its oncelaid-back community into a more progressive and substantial integralinstitutional and civic complex.