The New Green City Hall in Puerto Princesa’s fresh state-of-the-art city hall and convention center which has become one of the city’s latest eco-friendly tourist destinations.
Rising on a hill near an existing city hall, the New Green City Hall is situated along Sta. Monica, Puerto Princesa in Palawan. It was built around 2012 but was completed around 2013.
What makes “green city hall” different is followed a sustainable design with natural topography and contour of the hill. It is also called its name because it adopted the concept of green architecture.
The multi-million worth four-story city hall was designed by the University of the Philippines Diliman’s College of Architecture Dean Jose Danilo Silvestre and his firm Danilo Silvestre and Associate. It is pegged to cost around P742 million.
The New Green City Hall is considered the “first government green infrastructure project in the Philippines and the first in Palawan with a water treatment facility.”
It is also a pioneer to the shift of Palawan to constructing green infrastructure buildings as Puerto Princesa also seeks to be the first green city in the world. It was inspired by the green infrastructure building concept which originated in the United State during the 90s.
As it boasts environment-friendly features, the city hall is also designed to reduce negative effects on the environment wherein the natural light and ventilation is allowed to come in to make it more energy-efficient.
True to its energy-efficient identity, the New Green City Hall not only has its own wastewater treatment facility to reduce waste disposal but also has solar panels, roof garden, generator, and power supplies accessories.
Natural ventilation also provides visitors and residents alike good quality of air indoors and they also promote the use of non-biodegradable materials.
The entire complex is huge and its convention center alone can accommodate an estimated 3,000 people. It also has a helipad inside which can be used by local government officials.
As it promotes sustainability, the city hall also assures public safety in the entire complex. It has a fire-fighting facility inside.
The New Green City Hall is often one of the stops in a Puerto Princesa City day-tour. Local and international visitors can enjoy and enter the New Green City Hall for free.