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PIA Press Release
2006/10/02

Media sets tour of CICC construction progress

Cebu City (2 October) -- A media tour on the Cebu International Convention Center (CICC) is slated on Wednesday to provide the media a first-hand ocular inspection on the ongoing construction of the center.

12th Asean Summit Cebu Organizing Committee (COC) Chair Gov. Gwen Garcia stated a media tour on the CICC is necessary to update the press on the recent developments of the ongoing construction.

The CICC, one of the identified sites of the summit, has woven a lot of controversy whether it can be finished on time. The deadline for its completion has been targeted on November 15.

During the COC executive meeting this morning, Garcia said the media tour will allay fears or negative feedback from the public on the architects being able to meet the target completion date.

Earlier, CICC architect Manuel Guanzon challenged those who are pessimistic that the international center won't be completed on time with a P500T bet. The bet will be used for the grand party of the CICC launching as he assured that they will deliver as expected.

Apart from the tour, the media will be brief on the progress of the construction by architect Guanzon.

Garcia said at this point in time when the summit draws nearer, Cebuanos have to give their support and prayers for a successful hosting as all eyes in the world are focused in Cebu. The show of support includes a positive attitude with regards to the CICC construction, according to Gov. Garcia.

The international press center will be based at the CICC that will house a working area equipped with communication facilities and a press conference area. About 2,500 foreign media and another 300 from the Philippine press are expected to cover the summit.

National Organizing Committee (NOC) Chair Amb. Marciano Paynor told the media during an Asean Forum over a week ago that we should give more focus on the substantive aspect rather than the CICC construction. The outcome of the leaders meeting will be called the Cebu Declaration for future reference in succeeding summits. (PIA-Cebu/FCR) [top]

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