The multi-million peso Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) fast-tracks its construction to meet its target of completion by first quarter of 2015.
Senate President Franklin M. Drilon said the state-of-the-art venue for conventions is ready to host the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit on October 2015 holding two ministerial meetings on transportation from October 8 to 10, and ‘food security with blue economy’ from October 15 to 17.
Drilon said ICC will reflect the growth and direction of our developmental strategies, which include, among others, the goal to fully maximize the potential of the region as a regional tourism powerhouse.
“When we invest in major development projects like the ICC, we also help to form an attractive tourism environment where the hosting of local or even international events and occasions will help bring in rich revenues for the local tourism industry, thus energizing our regional economies,” he added.
The P700 million ICC’s construction is downloaded by Tourism Infrastructure Enhancement Zone Authority (TIEZA), Department of Tourism (DOT) and the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
An additional P200 million will be for the winning bidder that will provide amenities such as CCTV cameras, kitchen, furniture, air-conditioning units, among others.
ICC is designed by renowned Architect Willy Coscolluela who also fabricated the Iloilo Provincial Capitol and the Iloilo City Hall.
The ICC’s design speaks of the merger of the rich cultures not only of the City and Province of Iloilo but of the entire Western Visayas wit features highlighting the ‘Parao boats’ of Iloilo Paraw Regatta Festival and the ‘Ati’ of the world-class Dinagyang Festival.IMT