After several years of abandonment from its suspension in year 2012, the Cagayan de Oro Civic/Convention Center located at Taguanao, Indahag, here, nears completion of its main building at 88 percent accomplishment based on the total released budget.
The project was left abandoned due to questions inland ownership, which was finally resolved in the last quarter of 2016, thus, its resumption.
From the year 2000 to 2011, the total fund release amounted to P534,937,500. For CY 2017 to 2018, a total of P450,000,000 has been allocated for the project.
An additional P463,294,108.49 for CY 2019 will be added for the completion of the main building, site development plan, and support facilities while P85,080,891.51 is proposed for CY 2020 under the DPWH-DOT Convergence Program.
The project is now at 56 percent completion based on the total estimated project cost of 1.5 Billion pesos.
In a site visit, June 30, Mayor Oscar Moreno expressed his gratitude to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) for the cooperation in fulfilling this long-time dream.
Former Senator Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, Jr., who initiated the project in 2001, also graced the event and said he wanted to name the convention center in honor of the late former City Mayor Pablo Magtajas.
Representing DPWH X is Acting Assistant Regional Director Rey Peter B. Gille, Construction Chief Virgie G. Nayve, and Project Engineer Leowald L. Pecore, who discussed the components of the project.
The building complex can accommodate up to 7,700 people, in which its components include the Main Building, Carpark Building, Restaurant, Pavilion, Administrative Building, TIEZA Office Building, Power House, Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) Facility, Material Recovery Facility (MRF), Guard House, and Pump House.
The completion of the CDO Civic/Convention Center will support various events like sports, concerts, conventions, exhibits, seminars, conferences, and trade shows that will be held in the city.
It has also been envisioned to ignite further economic development with the emphasis on investment, infrastructure improvements and tourism, hence providing more job opportunities for the whole populace of Cagayan de Oro City and neighboring areas.