PDAF suspension affects construction in Iloilo-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
THE suspension of the priority development assistance fund (PDAF) may severely affect the ongoing construction of development projects in Iloilo City, said Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog.
Among the major projects is the proposed construction of the P500-million Iloilo Convention Center at the old airport site, currently owned by Megaworld Corp.
Mabilog said the convention center is the proposed site of the Asia Pacific Economic council (Apec) meetings on Food Security and Tourism set to be hosted by the city in October 2015.
He said Iloilo aims to become a premier city in Visayas by 2014 with current unprecedented strides on infrastructure development.
However, with the PDAF suspension, Mabilog said he is afraid the City may not be able to host the two major international meetings that may lead to a debacle and stagnation in business and investments.
Funds of some P250 million for the construction of the Iloilo Convention Center comes from the Department of Tourism-Tourism Infrastructure Enhancement Zone Authority (DOT-Tieza) and another P250 million from the PDAF of Ilonggo Senate President Franklin Drilon.
The mayor said the government must have a corrective and prevention measures on PDAF-projects implementation.
He said there should be a compromise on development projects like the convention center for the general welfare and interest of the people.
Other affected PDAF projects that were put on hold are the proposed Arroyo to Lapuz Bridge funded by the Senate President, the scholarship program for 4,000 students of city lone district Congressman Jerry Treñas, and medical and social financial aid of other lawmakers.