The Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), in concurrence with the Iloilo River Development Council (IRDC), has approved the construction of a three-storey terminal building to replace the existing fast-craft terminal at the Muelle Loney area.
PPA Iloilo Port manager Winfred Elizalde said that the new terminal would be built at the port’s 1,600-square meter property just closer to the existing terminal.
The PPA central office is expected to release the project’s structural plan within the month, he added.
Elizalde said that the PPA allocated P145. 8 million for the project.
Senator Franklin Drilon, during the recent meeting of the IRDC, does not want the project to destroy the contour of the Iloilo River.
The transfer of the fast craft terminal plying the Iloilo-Bacolod route was included in the rehabilitation plan of the Iloilo River.
Drilon, who threw all out support to the project, underscored the need to relocate the terminal as it contributes to water pollution.
The IRDC, chaired by Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog ,when presented of the plan during the meeting also recommended that the façade of the old building where the terminal will be built should not be demolished.
Instead, it should be preserved and integrated with the proposed design because the structure is already a heritage building. The Iloilo City Cultural Heritage Conservation Council (ICCHCC) also offered to help in the design to ensure that the façade will be retained.
Mabilog also ordered the Iloilo City Engineer’s Office (ICEO) to act fast on the request of the PPA for a demolition permit to clear the area where the terminal will be constructed.