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Oro amphitheater gets facelift

MAYOR Oscar Moreno on Thursday (April 4) led the groundbreaking for the P76-million renovation of the historic City Amphitheater in the old center city of Plaza Divisoria, Cagayan de Oro City.

The initial phase of the project – to be supervised by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) – will consist of an amphitheater at the back of Cagayan river along Burgos street with a river rafting-themed monument. (River rafting is a signature tourism destination in the city.)

It will also consist of another building for office use with a footbridge leading to a multi-level parking building that can accommodate 40 vehicles. A boulevard park will be erected alongside the eastern bank of the river.

But Moreno said the development won't stop there.

The P76-million facelift, bankrolled by the office of Cagayan de Oro-born Sen. Aquilino Pimentel III, will extend up to the five blocks of Plaza Divisoria.

The new Divisoria pays homage to the old Divisoria which was constructed at the turn of the last century by entrepreneur Tirso Neri.

"In any community, there is a landmark that connects generations upon generations. It is our duty to preserve such landmarks," Moreno said during the groundbreaking rite.

The whole development is part of a larger infra-based resiliency project assisted by UN Habitat called Project Lunhaw.

Project Lunhaw (green in vernacular) encompasses the installation of environmentally-sound and climate change-resilient structures from Duaw Park to Maharlika bridge.

It will consist of picnic areas, biking and jogging lanes, ramps for persons with disabilities, among numerous others.


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