Davide: Facility can’t be repaired in time for Apec 2015 meetings

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


CEBU International Convention Center (CICC) will no longer be the venue for the Asia Pacific Economic Council (Apec) conference next year and the International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) in 2016.

This was revealed by Gov. Hilario Davide III yesterday. He said he does not want the repair of the CICC to be done haphazardly.

“We don’t want a rush job and end up with defects. The facility was built in a hurry and look at the result,” he said.

From P70 million, the Capitol would need P160 million for the repair and upgrade of the CICC. But the Capitol still does not know where to get funds for the undertaking.

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Provincial Information Officer Ethel Natera clarified that the change of venue does not mean that Cebu would no longer host the Apec meetings and the IEC.

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Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale said some hotels can host the minor Apec meetings that will be held in Cebu next year.

She said advance parties of Apec participants are expected to arrive in December.

Davide said that even if the repair of the CICC begins now, it would not be completed in time for the Apec conference next year. Besides, he said, organizers would not want to risk the safety of the participants of the Apec meetings.

The CICC was built during the administration of then governor and now Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia (Cebu, third district) to provide a venue for the 12th Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit in 2007.

The building was damaged during the 7.2 magnitude earthquake last Oct.15 and typhoon Yolanda last Nov. 8.

The CICC Management Board looked at three options to repair the facility. One would be to enter into a public-private partnership agreement, another would be to ask the help of the National Government and the third would be to sell the facility to the Mandaue City Government.

Mandaue City earlier submitted to the Capitol a formal intent to buy the CICC at its present state.

Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes wants to convert the CICC into an exhibit center for locally made products.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 16, 2014.

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