ILOILO CITY – The local government here on Thursday broke ground for the redevelopment of the historical Plaza Libertad.
The rehabilitation of the historical plaza costs PHP19. 7 million, which is funded under the 2019 Local Government Support Fund Assistance to City, said Architect Regina Gregorio in her project brief.
She added that the conceptual plan of the plaza was prepared by Architect Paulo Alcazaren in coordination with the City Engineer’s Office (CEO). Alcazaren also designed this city’s Esplanade 1 and 2.
Phase 1 of the project covers 74,000 square meters of the plaza. The scope of works includes the construction of the drainage system, assembly area fronting the Iloilo City Hall, four pathways converging to the Rizal monument, and the installation of the plaza lighting system and plaza signages.
“Rest assured we will be reinstalling the heritage architectural monuments around the plaza in Phase 2 of the project,” she said.
Gregorio added that the redevelopment of the plaza is just one of the “huge undertaking” of the city government that will “transform the infrastructure landscape” of the metropolis.
“In the urban setting, the luxury of open spaces is limited to a few. And this noble project of the mayor aims to bring back the patronage and appreciation of our environment and open spaces reflective of the bygone era and the present day,” she added.
Meanwhile, in his message, Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said that the project is “another milestone” for the local government.
“With our desire to bring Iloilo City to the next level, we maximize our potentials to create a better environment for our people and plan is developing open spaces, building infrastructure projects that will benefit our community,” he said.
Treñas also commended his fellow city officials adding that if they continue to support one another, they can come up with more projects that could benefit their community.
“We can build modern and sustainable environments. We will see Iloilo City as it rises to be once again the Queen City of the South,” he added.
Plaza Libertad was the site where the flag of the Philippines was last surrendered to revolutionaries on December 25, 1898, thus the city’s moniker as the “Last Spanish Capital in Asia”.
Meantime, Gregorio also said they have just completed the construction of the covered walkways along the city hall that traverses to the Kerr compound down to the Sunburst Plaza.
Also soon to rise are the legislative building and the multi-level parking beside the Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP).
“This development also aims to promote pedestrianization within the interlink city government offices and other agencies including the Sunburst Park and the old business district,” she added. (PNA)