Gwen on CICC’s fate: It’s a lost opportunity

By: Micah Sophia C. Marecellones April 05,2019 - 07:41 PM

Gubernatorial Candidate and Representative Gwendolyn Garcia discusses the fate of the Cebu International Convention Center during the Mega Cebu Candidate Forum at the University of San Carlos on Friday, April 5. | Tonee Despojo

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) is a lost opportunity because of politicking.

Gubernatorial candidate and incumbent Cebu Third District Representative Gwendolyn Garcia  said this during the Mega Cebu Candidate Forum at the University of San Carlos-Downtown Campus this morning, April 5.

Garcia said that CICC used to be the venue of international and national events.

“It was earning about P30 million a year. Aside from that it put Cebu in the world map that can be turned into a MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) destination,” Garcia said.

Garcia brought out the issue, saying that CICC was supposedly insured by the provincial government and a responsibility of the provincial government.

“It is supposedly a source of pride, it’s very nice when we pass by there,” Garcia added. 

She mentioned that the provincial government should repair the building despite a pending case in the Ombudsman.

Read more: Gwen, 11 others to face graft charges over CICC project

She was also referring to the Governor Hilario Davide’s refusal to repair the CICC, which had fallen into disrepair when Davide took office in 2013. Worse, the CICC was also damaged by the October 15, 2013 earthquake and the supertyphoon Yolanda on November 8, 2013.

And the pending case she was referring to was  graft case filed against her and 11 others for allegedly the anomalous procurement of the architectural and engineering design and various civil works of the P800 million CICC, which was built in 2006.

Read more: Davide stands by refusal to repair CICC

“Even the Deputy Ombudsman said that maski naa kaso pwede man na trabahoon but he (Gov. Hilario Davide) refused,” said Garcia about the fate of CICC.

(Even the Deputy Ombudsman, despite a pending case said that it can be repaired but he refused.)

Read now: Ombudsman gives go signal for CICC repair

The Cebu Provincial government had since sold the CICC to the Mandaue City government for P350 million.

Read more: Mandaue City now owns CICC

Garcia said during the April 5 forum that someone should be accounted for what happened to the CICC./dbs

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