The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Region X has completed the main building of the Cagayan de Oro (CDO) Convention Center situated in Barangay Indahag.
In a virtual inauguration and turnover ceremony premiered on Wednesday, September 8, DPWH turned the facility to the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA).
Initially funded in 2000, the CDO Convention Center was put on hold in 2012 due to questions in land ownership. In 2016, the Magtajas family donated the land where the building complex is located.
Upon resumption, the replacement of various fixtures that were worn and beyond economical repair was found necessary. In addition, the interior and exterior design concept of the building complex had to be upgraded to be at par with international standards. Finally, the TIEZA requirements also had to be incorporated into the restoration plan for the facility to be fully operational and marketable.
“We programmed the completion of the CDO Convention Center as part of the big-ticket projects in the country under the flagship of the Build, Build, Build Program. From then on, the multi-million works for the said project was continued and fast-tracked with funds released in years 2017, 2018, and 2020; and this year, the main facility of the CDO Convention Center is now complete and is ready to house about 7,700 spectators for various events like sports, concerts, conventions, exhibits, seminars, conferences and trade shows,” DPWH Secretary Mark A. Villar stated.
He continued, “We also envision to fulfill the site development plan and construction of additional amenities and support facilities of the CDO Convention Center making it globally competitive with the ongoing funding requests for its car park building, powerhouse, sewage treatment plant facility, pump house, materials recovery facility, restaurant, pavilion, administrative building and TIEZA office building that would sum up to 1.3 billion pesos.” In addition, the provision of access roads is also proposed for funding amounting to Php 359.5 Million.
Check out the sneak peek of the new CDO Convention Center below.
(Source: DPWH Region X)