City plans to relocate Freedom Grandstand on railway lot

February 14, 2014 7:39 am 

By Lydia C. Pendon

ILOILO CITY, Feb. 13 (PNA)-– The city government is mulling to transfer the Iloilo Freedom Grandstand to a nearby lot fronting the Muelle Loney after the Bureau of Customs sent word that it intends to get back the lot where the Sandburst Park and Freedom Grandstand are located.

City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog said the relocation of the city’s grandstand will not affect the social events and performances at the grandstand as the site is very near and just behind the city Bureau of Fire Prevention.

The grandstand is also site of major political rallies and the famous Iloilo Dinagyang Festival and the city mayor said he is looking for government funding for a bigger grandstand to accommodate some 5,000 persons

The 2,400-square meter site is owned by Panay Railways Inc. (PRI) and its management officials have offered the lot to the city government in a rent-to-own scheme at P10,000 monthly rental.

The PRI property at Muelle Loney has been abandoned for several years and informal settlers and small eateries that cater to dock hands and employees in nearby offices have started to occupy the area.

However, Mabilog said there will be no dislocation of livelihood opportunities in the area especially eateries and carinderias as he will see to it that a more presentable and concrete edifice be built for the owners. Similarly, the informal settlers will be relocated at the Lanit housing site in Jaro district, he said.(PNA)

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