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Ormoc to construct own modern convention center

ORMOC CITY – A groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a multi-purpose building worth Php 120 million to be utilized as the city’s New Convention Center was held on Wednesday, March 24.

The big project will be built on an 11-hectare property of LGU-Ormoc in Brgy. Juaton, this city.

Accordingly, contract cost for phase 1 is around Php 48,757,225.23, which will include the construction of the foundation of the main building where a proposed basketball court with bleachers will be located.

Meanwhile, contract cost for phase 2 is Php 71,281,413.09, which will include the construction of the columns.

“The funding was not released in one setting. In 2020, una na release is Php 50 million for the Php 48,757,225.23 nga contract cost, then another Php 75 million for the Php 71,281,413.09 contract cost,” said Assistant District Engineer Irwin L. Antonio of the Leyte 4th District Engineering Office, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

The entire building is almost 10,000 square meters, which comprises of one basketball court, four convention halls, meeting rooms, lobby wherein the souvenir stalls will be placed, food stalls, and a parking lot.

“180 calendar days ang duration, supposedly mahuman unta July 2, 2021, but due to some problem sa lot nga dili pa makuha nato, naa ta mga suspension. Actually extended ang date of completion ani, most likely sa September 2021 by phase, dli pa jud ang tanan,” Engr. Antonio added.

Funding for the project will accordingly be derived from the 2020 General Appropriations Act (GAA) through the efforts of Congresswoman Lucy Torres-Gomez of Leyte 4th District, Ormoc City Mayor Richard l. Gomez and the Ormoc Development Team (ODT).

Implementing agency is the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Leyte 4th District Engineering Office spearheaded by District Engineer Arnaldo Butch Bonifacio. This convention center will be another “first” in the city of beautiful people; and is poised to be a tourist attraction and destination in the years to come. By Gwen Maurillo

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