Capitol, Mandaue CH to undertake repairs-A A +A
Thursday, January 2, 2014
IMMEDIATE repairs will have to be made on the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) as early as now.
Gov. Hilario Davide III and Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes yesterday agreed to conduct joint repairs of the CICC in preparation for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) Summit in November 2015 and the 51st International Eucharistic Congress in January 2016.
Roger Paller, Mandaue City public information officer, said both parties agreed they will share the cost.
They also agreed to seek additional funding from the National Government, through the Department of Public Works and Highways.
Paller said the CICC suffered significant structural damage after Cebu was hit by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Oct. 15.
Paller said the Capitol and Mandaue City have yet to determine how much it will shell out for the project.
Also, Paller said the Mandaue City Government still wants to buy the CICC and convert it into a government building.
With the ongoing administrative case over the CICC, both parties also considered legal
impediments when conducting the repairs.
But Paller said that the two groups will continue to discuss the matter in a series of meetings to iron out some major issues before they start the repairs.
The CICC is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the Office of the Ombudsman over allegations of anomalies during the construction of the P850-million facility.
The CICC was built during the time of former governor Gwendolyn Garcia and former mayor now Provincial Board Member Thadeo Ouano.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 02, 2014.