New Senate building breaks ground

Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 18 2019 03:10 PM | Updated as of Mar 19 2019 11:00 AM

Senators lead the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Senate building in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City, March 18, 2019. Photo from Senate Facebook page

MANILA- Senators on Monday broke ground on the new Senate building at the Naval Village in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

The project, which costs P8.9 billion, is expected to be finished by July 2021.

Leading the groundbreaking ceremonies was Senate President Vicente Sotto III along with Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto, Majority Leader Miguel Zubiri, and Minority Leader Franklin Drilon.

Other senators who attended the ceremonies were Panfilo Lacson, Gringo Honasan, Loren Legarda, Joel Villanueva, Nancy Binay, Sonny Angara, JV Ejercito, and Sherwin Gatchalian.

Speaking to ABS-CBN News, Lacson said the Senate is eyeing to start holding sessions in its new home by 2021 or in time for President Rodrigo Duterte's last State of the Nation Address.

The new Senate building will be a "green building,” occupying a total of 131,500 square meters (sqm) of land, Lacson said.

This is a sharp contrast to the current 44,000-sqm property the Senate is renting at the Government Service Insurance System headquarters in Pasay City for an annual fee of P141 million.