A total amount of fifty million pesos was budgeted for the   renovation/restoration of the Old Provincial Capitol of Antique   and another 50 million pesos for the construction of the new   Legislative Building to be built behind the Old Capitol.
 This budget allocation is part of the developmental plans   under   the administration of Governor Rhodora Cadiao, with   assistance   from Senator Loren Legarda.
 The Old Capitol will be restored and turned into a National   Heritage site. The three-story Legislative Building is reported to have an elevator for convenience.
The plans posted online gathered responses from netizens.
“Wow! Congrats! Unti-unti nang may pagbabago (there is eventual change),” netizen Elsie Espanola Navarosa commented on the Facebook post of the plan.

However, the renovation plans of the Old Capitol alarmed some Antiqueños.
“Please, to all our Provincial government officials. Please consider not defacing the Old Capitol. It is one of the heritage site[s] of Antique Province,” JM Atienza, another netizen, reacted.
Vice-Governor Edgar Denosta responded to the queries and confusion.
“Don’t worry guys! I always meet the designer/architect from DPWH who went in my office during the planning stage. You should not worry because the old capitol building will be preserved. No alteration as to height, [and] exterior faces will not change. Only the occupancy, the interior, and structural reinforcement will be revised,” said Vice-Governor Denosta on Facebook comment.
“Before the plans [were] finalized we consulted the Philippine Historical Commission and Senator Loren so that the old and new buildings be harmonized and will comply laws and regulations set by Historical Commission,” he added.
The Provincial Government of Antique is yet to update the schedule of the said renovation.

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