THE Mandaue City Government welcomes the move of the Cebu Provincial Government to form a technical working group to look into the legality of the sale of the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC).
In 2018, former Cebu governor and now Vice Gov. Hilario Davide III had sold the P830 million CICC for P300 million to Mandaue City, then under Mayor Luigi Quisumbing.
As the Capitol also plans to recover the CICC, Mandaue City Hall has prioritized the construction of relocation sites for the fire victims of barangays Mantuyong, Guizo and Tipolo currently housed at the CICC grounds, John Eddu Ibañez, executive secretary of Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes, said in an interview on Jan. 8, 2021.
Vincent Guy Aquino, project coordinator of the Housing and Urban Development Office, told SunStar Cebu Friday that 512 families displaced in fire incidents in 2016 and 2019, are housed at the CICC grounds. Some 288 families are from barangays Mantuyong and Guizo, while 224 are from Brgy. Tipolo.
Aquino said these families sheltered at the CICC grounds are identified beneficiaries of the socialized housing which will rise in Sitio Maharlika, Brgy. Tipolo, where the fire blazed in June 2019. Aquino said it will be a five-story socialized housing and they are still working on the site development.
Ibañez said the City welcomed the move of the Capitol and it is better for the city to see the legal basis of Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia’s statement on the CICC issue.
During her press conference on Jan. 6, 2021, Garcia said she would focus on the possible recovery of the CICC.
However, Ibañez said the Capitol had yet to officially communicate with the city government regarding Garcia’s plans. (KFD)