By Lydia C. Pendon
ILOILO CITY – Watch out Cebu! Iloilo City’s unprecedented development pace is expected to over take Cebu by 2016 as Iloilo aims to regain its lost Queen City of the South title from Cebu.
Iloilo City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog admitted seeing what’s ahead over the last two years of his administration with a sharp eye as to what other cities in the country and the world are doing.
He said the development competition is now between Iloilo and Cebu in attracting investors and locators, including government officials in seeing better sites between the Ilonggos and Cebuanos.
Mabilog said that Cebu is currently suffering from an unstable political leadership which may affect the economic potentials of the Cebuano center in the Visayas. While Iloilo City is currently enjoying an unprecedented development projects to regain what it lost for several years of economic stagnation.
The political leadership in Iloilo is strong as ever with Cong. Jerry P. Treñas, Mabilog and vice mayor Jose Espinosa III at the helm supporting by majority of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.
In his State of the City Address (SOCA) delivered on Wednesday, February 6 at the city council, Mabilog said that Iloilo has been dubbed as the next rising economic tiger of the country as the city races to become the premier city by 2015.
The city mayor said the target is expected to be earlier by one year or in 2014 as a multi-million peso Iloilo Convention Center be completed by Megaworld Corp. at the old Iloilo airport site in this city.
Mabilog said the convention center will push the city to greater heights as it will cater to bigger conferences, conventions and international meetings.
Mabilog said the power supply needs of the city and province were already solved with the establishment of a coal fired power plant here. Meanwhile the water shortage is being solved within this month with the opening of a bulk water supply by adding more than 35,000 cubic meters to the existing 40,000 cubic meters supply from the Metro Iloilo Water District.
The city mayor said the dramatic changes in this city with support from the broad spectrum of society were anchored on good governance and good policies the city is implementing during his more than two years term.
Iloilo is also named as one of the most productive cities in the country which attract capital investments and talents here in sustaining developments towards a premier cityhood. .
By Lydia C. Pendon