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Capitol studies options on CICC

| by: Stanley Cin

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The provincial government is inclined to give up management of the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) though it will still retain ownership of the said facility.

Governor Hilario P. Davide III opened up this idea during his meeting with the officers of the Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCCI) on Wednesday, January 29 at the Capitol.

The governor, however clarified that he still has to hear the collective action of the CICC board on the fate of the multi-million facility.

In their meeting early this month, the CICC technical working group presented three options to the governor. Either they will have to completely give the facility up, co-manage it or let a private company run it.

The CCCI officers, headed by its president LitoMaderazo, were also interested to learn of the Capitol’s plan. He said the facility might be used as a venue of some high-profile meetings of Asia-Pacific Economic Conference next year.

Maderazo said Cebu is being considered as the back-up venue of Manila in hosting the event.

Meanwhile, Head-way Seaquest Group Inc. through Andrew Aznar, expressed to the governor their interest to use the CICC in a usufruct agreement.

The company has 2,500 chefs and is currently based at Southwestern University and is looking for a world-class facility for expansion.

The intent is to transform CICC into an educational facility, offering maritime courses including Hotel and Restaurant Management and culinary, he said.

If an agreement can be arranged for the use of CICC, Aznar said their firm would become a training arm of a company that supplies manpower to cruise ships in Europe.

Headway is aware of the damage caused by the 7.2 magnitude earthquake on CICC. They estimate the CICC repairs to cost about P160 million, but if granted usufruct right, they will find ways and means to fix it.”

The proposal now is referred to the CICC board. Xerxes Alkuino