Public Works Secretary Hermogenes Ebdane, Jr. has endorsed to President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo the release of an additional P200 million for the completion of the 7,700-seater convention center in Taguanao in Cagayan de Oro City.
   

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez, (2nd District, Cagayan de Oro City), said works on the convention center are expected to resume soon since the funds would be coming from the 2009 General Appropriation Act.
   
Rodriguez is optimistic that the Cagayan de Oro International Trade and convention Multipurpose Center, initiated and envisioned by Sen. Aquilino “Nene” Pimentel, would showcase the city’s position as a gateway to tourism and business opportunities in North Mindanao.
   
“I am certain that very soon, Cagayan de Oro will have its very own premier convention center, one that can rival the very best that our country can offer and which can provide the business and tourism sectors with increased opportunities for growth, “Rodriguez said.
   
With the current international economic indicators pointing to the beginnings of a worldwide upturn following the global financial meltdown, Rodriguez said, the convention center’s completion would be a welcome indication of the city’s readiness to be part of a new wave of business opportunities for the region.
   
“Cagayan de Oro has always been a hub for trade opportunities in Northern Mindanao, and with the worst of the global financial crisis appearing to be over, we can now look forward to the re-emergence of our city as a gateway to business opportunities in our corner of the country,” Rodriguez remarked.
   
Rodriguez expressed the confidence that when completed, the 7,700-seater world class convention center would be a magnet for an increased number of large-scale local and international conventions, spurring growth in the business and tourism sectors.

   
The Cagayan de Oro Convention and Civic Center is the first ever world class Trade and Convention Center being constructed in Mindanao. It was implemented utilizing the Design-Construct Scheme and is ideal for national, international and trade exhibits, as well as seminars and conventions.

Boasting of a 7,700 seating capacity, the Convention Center has several amenities like a multi-purpose hall that could accommodate 1,000 guests, a convertible indoor playing court, an exhibit area for 1,500 viewing guests with demountable partition for flexibility of expansion, 12 function rooms for 1,000 guests, 4 clubrooms with lockers and showers, cafeteria with approximately 100 seating capacity, and an administrative office, storage room and other support facilities.

Lack of funds had stalled construction of the multi-million convention center for sometime prompting Rodriguez to ask the Department of Public Works and Highways to provide additional funds for the project.

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