Source: SunStar Iloilo. 28 December 2011

THE Iloilo City Government is launching major catch-up infrastructure projects before the term of President Benigno Aquino III ends in 2016 by finding partners for its several public private partnership (PPP) ventures.

City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the major projects are on top of several road infrastructures currently on implementation in the city and other already completed vertical and horizontal projects.

The catch-up projects include the multi-billion-peso Jalaur River Multi-purpose Project (JRMP) of which Iloilo City is a major beneficiary of its potable water supply component. The project is expected to be finished before 2016.

Another major project eyed under the PPP is the five-storey Iloilo central market building or the central business district (CBD) project estimated to cost more than P700 million and expected to streamline the skyline of downtown Iloilo City. The project hopes to bring back the glory of CBD and establish its downtown shopping center.

The Guimaras Iloilo Ferry Terminal (GIFT) project at the Rotary Park in the waterfront area is another PPP project, which the Mabilog admitted to be looking for partners in its construction.

Mabilog said Ilonggo Senator Franklin M. Drilon is instrumental in realizing at least 18 ongoing projects in the city that include roads, bridges, drainage system, relocation sites and houses for informal settlers and the JRMP.

Other ongoing projects are the Iloilo River Esplanade, city slaughterhouse, Iloilo-Negros terminal at the Philippine Ports Authority area, 2,500 houses for relocated informal families from the rivers, creeks and other danger zones, comprehensive drainage system and the more than P4-billion road projects for 2011-2012.

Completed projects are the city community college and the new City Hall building, computer-based reduction of days for business permits from one month to 15 days, beautification projects, conditional cash transfer program’s poverty alleviation project, new project on garbage collection, and 26 new motorcycles units and firearms for the Iloilo City police office, among others.