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ICC up by early 2015

Iloilo City, Iloilo — Construction of the Iloilo Convention Center (ICC) will be completed by the first quarter of next year, in time for the 2015 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit ministerial meetings.

“We will finish this so we can host outside the nation’s capital,” assured Senate President Franklin Drilon during the February 28 hard hat ceremony in Iloilo City.

Construction is underway for ICC’s façade, which Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-6) said is almost 20% done.

Iloilo has been pre-selected to host the ministerial meetings on food security and transportation, both scheduled on October 2015.

Aside from Iloilo’s bid to host APEC ministerial meetings, the ICC will also bolster the capability of the city in becoming the conference hub of Western Visayas region.

“This will reflect the growth and direction of our developmental strategies including our goal to fully maximize our potential as a regional tourism center,” said Drilon, an Ilonggo.

The P1-billion ICC is funded by Drilon and Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), an attached agency of the Department of Tourism (DOT).

Drilon also noted that it is a key public–private partnership (PPP) project – the lot where the convention center is located is donated by property developer Megaworld Corp. and is within its 72-hectare Iloilo Business Park at the old airport site in Mandurriao district.