ILOILO CITY: The one-hectare plus Rotary Park at Fort San Pedro area covered by Proclamation 201 issued by President Benigno Aquino III paves the way city government the to start development projects on the site.
The proclamation dated July 17, 2011 was signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa and will pave the way to refurbish the erstwhile park abandoned by the Rotary Club of Iloilo City.
City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the city will now be ready to start its multi-million peso Guimaras Iloilo Ferry Terminal project (GIFT) that will construct a modern passenger terminal in the area for commuters between Iloilo City and the municipalities in Jordan and Buenavista, Guimaras.
A project study completed by Concept Consultancy more than three years ago also calls for Asian Development Bank (ADB) to fund the modernization of the Guimaras municipal ferry terminals. The ferry terminal in the Rotary Park will be upgraded while the district office of the Philippine Coast Guard will be transferred beside the perimeter fence of the Philippine Ports Authority.
Mabilog said he is eyeing a public private partnership (PPP) in the area that will see the construction of a multi-story passenger terminal building and the construction of a shopping mall and hotel to serve the ferry commuters.
More than 300 informal family-settlers at the Rotary Park were already given n otices to vacate the area while most have already dismantled their huts to transfer to other locations. Only few informal settlers are qualified to seek a city-owned relocation site as attested by the Iloilo City Urban Poor Affairs Office.
source: The Manila Times