THE Archdiocese of Cebu is asking the Cebu City Government to exempt them from paying permits for building a P380-million pavilion in Barangay Luz.

The building will be used as main venue for the 2016 International Eucharistic Congress (IEC).

In a letter to Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella, Archbishop Jose Palma asked that payment for locational clearance and building permits be waived since the City will also benefit from the international event.

“This momentous event is a showcase and promotion of our very own Cebuano identity as we show to our thousands of delegates from all over the world our rich blend of Cebuano hospitality and culture. For sure, these delegates will also be very interested to know more about our unique history and cultural traditions dating back centuries ago,” he said.

“In short, we are promoting and presenting to the whole world our beloved City and Province, our culture and very own history.” he added.

Area size

Asked how much is to be paid in securing locational clearance and building permit fees, Engr. Jose Marie Poblete, head of the Department of Engineering and Public Works where the Office of the Building Official belongs, said the amount depends on the size of the area where the project will be implemented.

It also depends on how big and how many floors the building will have.

The pavilion that the Archdiocese will construct will rise at a diocesan seminary in Barangay Luz.

In an earlier interview, Rev. Msgr. Dennis Villarojo, the IEC secretary general, said the pavilion will have a total land area of around 10,000 square meters.

The building, on the other hand, will have an area of 31,023 square meters. It will have a basement, a ground floor and a second floor. It will have a total seating capacity of 15,500, 250 parking lots; 200 comfort rooms; six function rooms; and a 250-seating capacity theater.

During their May 28 regular session, the City Council tackled Palma’s letter and approved his request.