CICC presents 3 repair options

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Saturday, February 15, 2014


THE Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) Management Board formally presented the three options for the repair of the facility, which will hold international events in the next years.

The first option is a public-private partnership. Second is to ask for funds from the National Government for the repair. Third is that the Mandaue City Government will buy the CICC.

Yesterday, Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III had a meeting with the Provincial Board to ask for updates from the technical working group on what to do with the CICC.

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At least two major events will be held in CICC: the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation conference next year and International Eucharistic Congress in 2016.

However, the CICC building, located in Mandaue City, was damaged by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake on Oct. 15 and super typhoon Yolanda on Nov. 8.

The Capitol needs P160 million for the repair and upgrade of facility. But Davide said the Capitol has inadequate funds for it.

Davide said the options were recommended by the technical working group that is assigned to draft the plan for the rehabilitation of the CICC.

“Their recommendation is to fix it, keep it as a convention center. But as to how, their suggestion is that maybe a third party will come in and do the job because the repair costs a lot,” Davide said.

As to the second option, Davide hopes that the National Government will shoulder the expenses of the repair considering that two international events will be held in the CICC.

In a separate interview, Mandaue City Consultant Carlo Fortuna, who represents Mandaue Mayor Jonas Cortes, said the intention of the Mandaue City Government to buy CICC remains.

Cortes has expressed interest in buying the CICC and making it as the new City Hall.

Fortuna said the City is willing to buy the facility in its present condition because it will cost them less.

“We intend to buy because the price will not be as high. We intend to purchase it as is, where it is, the condition of the CICC right now,” Fortuna said.

He said it also depends “if the price is right.”

Fortuna said if the Capitol chooses the third option, the Mandaue City Government will take care of the repair their way.

The CICC structure was built for the 12th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in 2007.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 15, 2014.

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