The Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) will start construction of Poro Point Bay Walk and Events Center on Saturday as one of the highlights of the Sillag Poro Point Festival of Lights in San Fernando, La Union, a top official said.
BCDA President and Chief Executive Officer Arnel Casanova said the Poro Point Bay Walk and Events Center would showcase the former US military facility as a business hub and tourist destination.
“I share the excitement of the people of La Union and of northern Luzon that the Poro Point Baywalk project will now take off,” said Casanova said.
Situated inside the Poro Point Freeport Zone (PPFZ), the P58.91-million project occupies an area of 1.3 kilometer. It features a modern events center, including which an amphitheater, an eco-park and playground.
At least 44 lots along the Poro Point Baywalk’s commercial strip will be opened for lease for tourism- and commercial-related enterprises as part of mixed-use commercial area.
BCDA expected construction to be completed in the last quarter of the year.
Ives Nisce, Chairman of Poro Point Management Corp (PPMC) , a subsidiary of BCDA, said a lot at the commercial strip along the Poro Point Baywalk will measure 400 square meters, 60 percent of which will be utilized for building the structure.
He said small and medium enterprises would be given preference to lease commercial lots in a promenade by the sea.
The Baywalk will be built on the side of Poro Point facing the San Fernando bay where people may appreciate the evening lights from Poro all the way to Bacnotan and Balaoan, Nisce said.
The area will be free to the public, with specific foot traffic targeting families on vacation, joggers, bikers, and nature enthusiasts, he said.
Local officials were believe the project will create jobs, boost the business environment inside Poro Point and attract local and foreign tourists, which will lead to increased tourist spending.