CICC’s repair to go beyond P70M: exec-A A +A
Saturday, January 4, 2014
THE Cebu Provincial Government would need more than P70 million to prepare the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) for the Apec conference in 2016.
Apart from repairing the damage caused by a 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Oct. 15 and super typhoon Yolanda, electrical connections of CICC’s airconditioning system also needs to be redone, said Provincial Administrator Mark Tolentino.
Tolentino said the airconditioning system in the building has to be decentralized to cut electricity consumption.
Since the airconditioning at CICC is centralized, the whole building is cooled even if only one function room is in use.
Tolentino said there is also a need to build a loading bay to bring heavy equipment and objects, like cars, to the upper floor during exhibitions.
At present, workers have to detach glass doors and walls to bring in big equipment and exhibit items.
“These things existed (before the typhoon and earthquake) but we will have to address them. These would bring the cost up,” Tolentino said.
Tolentino said Department of Tourism Undersecretary Maria Victoria Jasmin came to inspect CICC as it is being considered a possible venue for Asia Pacific Economic Conference (Apec) meetings next year.
Early this week, Gov. Hilario Davide III met Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes to talk about the repairs of the CICC. The officials will meet again next week to discuss the issue.
Tolentino said the P70 million estimate to rehabilitate CICC was the “conservative figure” given by provincial engineers.
The Provincial Government and Mandaue City Hall agreed to share the cost of rehabilitating the facility but Davide said that if the amount will exceed their budgets, they will have to ask the National Government for help.
Davide said they can ask the Department of Public Works and Highways and Department of Tourism for additional funding.
Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said that even if Cebu won’t be identified as venue of the Apec heads of state summit, it hopes to host related meetings.
She said that aside from Manila and Cebu, Iloilo and Subic are also being considered venues.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 04, 2014.