ILOILO CITY: Two churches, three plazas, the city central business district and Fort San Pedro will be up for restoration and rehabilitation before the year ends.
This was assured by Iloilo City Rep. Jerry Treñas in putting into effect the provisions of Republic Act 10555 declaring the Jaro Cathedral, Molo Church, Iloilo City central business district (CBD), Fort San Pedro, Jaro Plaza complex, Molo plaza complex and Plaza Libertad complex as cultural heritage tourism zones to be preserved for the future generations.
Treñas said he will meet with Administrator Mark Lapid of the Tourism Infrastructure Economic Zone Authority (Tieza) under the Department of Tourism, Senate President Franklin M. Drilon, officials of the National Historical Institute (NHI) and Iloilo Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog on May 27 to discuss the restoration and preservation of the identified heritage sites.
Tieza has alloted P30 million for the repair of the historical Jaro belfry while the rehabilitation of the old Jaro municipal building into a National Museum in Western Visayas will cost P40 million.
The restoration and repair of some venerated images at the Molo Church will be supervised by the NHI.
Treñas, however, said the rehabilitation of the Jaro municipal hall where the Jaro police station is currently located, needs a deed of conditional donation from the city government.
In the event the National Museum stopped operation, the building must revert back to the city.