Iloilo mayor to meet with Ortiz wharf’s developer

ILOILO City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog will meet with officials of Double Dragon Properties Corp. to discuss some concerns regarding the vendors at the Ortiz and old Parola wharf and the possible reduction of P11 ferry terminal fee once the new Guimaras-Iloilo ferry terminal is completed and open for use.

City administrator Norlito Bautista said the meeting will be held on July 7 for the stakeholders of the ferry terminal, ferry boat operators, vendors at the old Parola and Ortiz wharves and taxi and jeepney operators servicing the Parola wharf.

During the hearing held Monday, June 20, the Council thresh out the resolutions spearheaded by City Councilor Armand Parcon seeking explanations and answers from Double Dragon regarding the construction of the new Parola wharf including a City Mall owned under a joint venture agreement in a lot owned by the City Government.

Lawyer JM Ugalingon, representing Double Dragon, said there is no definite schedule on the opening of the commercial complex and the ferry terminal since completion of the project is only some 90 percent as of June 20.

Ugalingon said they are ready to participate in the meeting called for by the city mayor so that they can listen to some concerns especially from the displaced vendors, and the cases filed in courts in Iloilo and Guimaras by the provincial government of Guimaras against the project.

The first case was filed in May 27, 2015 by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Guimaras chapter and former vice governor Vicente de Asis.

The second case was filed last June 17 by the Guimaras provincial government headed by Governor Samuel Gumarin.
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