ILOILO CITY: The construction of the P700 million Iloilo Convention Center in Iloilo City resumes after Congress approved last week the 2015 national budget of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) that includes the P200 million budget for the second phase construction. DPWH Regional Director Edilberto Tayao said all issues regarding the construction of the convention center had been ironed out during the budget hearing and even Kabataan partylist Rep. Terry Tidon congratulated him on the project which will be funded by the DPWH’s General Appropriations Act. Tidon is asking for a copy of the contract between the agency and Hilmarcs Construction, builder of the convention center first phase worth some P500 million. Tayao said the second phase of the project will entail additional works such as electrical works, elevators, escalator and other finishing works as the first phase is already some 87 percent completed. The convention center is expected to be finished by March 2015 ahead of time for the Iloilo City hosting of two Ministerial Meetings of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation in September and October 2015.