Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. International Convention Center

Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. International Convention Center
LocationCagayan de Oro, Philippines
Built2001–2021
Construction cost
₱1.335 billion[1]
Theatre seating
7,700
Enclosed space
 • Total space10,500 square meters (113,000 sq ft)

The Cagayan de Oro Convention Center, officially known as the Aquilino Q. Pimentel Jr. International Convention Center is a convention and exhibition venue complex in Cagayan de Oro, Philippines.

Republic Act No. 11845 renaming Cagayan de Oro (CDO) International Convention Center as Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. lapsed into law on June 18, 2022, without the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte.[2]

Construction[edit]

The convention center project was conceptualized by then-Senator Aquilino Pimentel, Jr. at the start of his term in 1998. Construction of the facility began on June 30, 2001 and was projected to be complete in August 2003.[3]

However the construction of the convention center was stalled in multiple occasions. During the administration of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, there was difficulty in securing funds for the project. Pimentel alleged that Arroyo was blocking the release of funds for projects initiated by legislators belonging to the opposition including the convention center project. The former senator had suggested naming the facility after Arroyo's father Diosdado Macapagal, due to her parent also being a former president, in a bid to secure her support for the project. By November 2009, only 45 percent of the project was completed.[3]

Another setback was experienced in 2012[4] due to an ownership dispute over the site of the facility which was only resolved in late 2016.[5] Construction work on the main building started in February 2018.[6]

By July 2019, the convention center is already 56 percent complete; with the main building 88 percent finished.[4]

The Department of Public Works and Highways announced the completion of the convention center's main building on September 8, 2021.[1]

Pimentel has proposed the site to be named after Pablo P. Magtajas who was mayor of Cagayan de Oro from 1984 to 1998.[5]

House Bill No. (HBN) 8842 renaming Cagayan de Oro (CDO) International Convention Center as Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr., was approved by the House of Representatives on the third and final reading on March 22, 2021, while the Senate passed it on January 31, 2022. This lapsed into law on June 18, 2022, without the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte in accordance with Article VI Section 27 (1) of the 1987 Constitution.[7]

Facilities[edit]

The CDO Convention Center's main building covers an area of 10,500 square meters (113,000 sq ft) and has a spectator capacity of 7,700 while it could host additional 700 people through its function rooms. The building complex will also host a dedicated building that will house offices of the Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA), a multistory car park building, a viewing deck, a helipad, a pavilion, and an administrative building among other facilities.[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Luczon, Nef (September 9, 2021). "DPWH completes construction of CDO convention center". Philippine News Agency. Retrieved September 9, 2021.
  2. ^ "An Act Renaming the Cagayan de Oro Convention Center Located at Barangay Indahag, Cagayan de Oro City as Aquilino Q. Pimentel, Jr. International Convention Center". Official Gazette. officialgazette.gov.ph. Retrieved August 2, 2022.
  3. ^ a b "DBM Told To Account For Funds Withheld From Projects Of Opposition Solons". Senate of the Philippines. November 16, 2009. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "CDO convention center now at 88% completion". Department of Public Works and Highways (Region 10). Philippine Information Agency. July 7, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Cagayan de Oro Convention Center main building 88% complete". BusinessWorld. July 8, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "CDO Convention Center main building to be completed this December". Department of Public Works and Highways. Philippine Information Agency. December 25, 2019. Retrieved August 28, 2020.
  7. ^ "Bill renaming CDO International Convention Center after Aquilino Pimentel Jr. approved". Senate of the Philippines. legacy.senate.gov.ph. Retrieved August 2, 2022.