MCCI open to running CICC-A A +A
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
THE Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) expressed willingness to manage the Cebu International Convention Center if this will be awarded by the Cebu Provincial Government to the Mandaue City Government.
MCCI chairman for Bridge Park committee Amado Go said on the sidelines of the fundraising for the Mandaue Bridge Park on Tuesday that the chamber will support the call of Mandaue City Major Jonas C. Cortes for the chamber to manage CICC.
“Yes, we look forward to manage CICC,” Go said, expressing hope that it will be transferred to the city government within the year.
Cortes said in a separate interview on Tuesday that CICC is envisioned to become a cultural and commercial hub, mainly for the people of Mandaue, especially members of the business community.
CICC, if it will be turned over to Mandaue City, will have a commercial component where local products will be displayed. The convention component of the facility will be retained, he said.
Cortes said in previous interviews that the facility will be called the Mandaue Investments Promotions Action Center.
“Unlike Cebu City and Lapu Lapu City which have many hotels where conventions can take place, sa Mandaue kay wala kaayo” Cortes said.
Cortes said the city’s maximum offer for the purchase of CICC is P250 million. He said the province is offering it for P600 million.
Go and Cortes said they hope to have the CICC before the end of the year.
Cebu Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale, however, said the CICC cannot be awarded to Mandaue City or the other interested parties because it is still the subject of a litigation involving the former governor, now 3rd District Rep. Gwendolyn Garcia.
“We are working with lawyers if we can already dispose of the property,” Magpale said.
She said she hopes it could be resolved within the year to finally determine to whom the CICC will be turned over to. She said there are private parties who have expressed interest to buy the CICC.
“Personally, my heart is for Mandaue,” Magpale said, citing the plans the city has for the local business community, which it stated in their proposal.
CICC is worth close to P1 billion, said Magpale, when built in 2006 for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Summit. Now, it stands idle in a lot owned by Mandaue City after it was damaged by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake on October last year and typhoon Yolanda the following month.
Magpale clarified that the price for CICC has not been determined yet.
Also on Tuesday, MCCI generated P725,000 worth of pledges for the Mandaue Bridge Park, a family park under the Marcelo Fernan bridge that connects Mandaue and Lapu Lapu. The chamber targets to raise P30 million before the end of the year, Go said.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 07, 2014.