SMEX Convention Center makes obvious overpricing of Iloilo Convention Center


I visited the SMX Convention Center for the first time yesterday to view the exhibits for the CONEX 2017 Trade Exhibition of the United Architects of the Philippines.
As soon as I entered its portals, I was overwhelmed by the enormity of the facility — with four floors and costing only P900 million.
I had long compared SMEX Convention Center with the Iloilo Convention Center, for which the government had spent a total of P740 million so far, and still only 85% completed.
The SMEX Convention Center has a total leasable space of 21,000 square meters. ICC has only around 6,400 square meters in leasable space. The difference is big, but ICC cost more to build. Of course, much of the construction cost didn’t go to the construction.
This makes the corruption in the ICC stand out like a sore thumb.
It’s time the Duterte administration reopens the investigation into the anomalous project.

About Manuel "Boy" Mejorada
Manuel "Boy" Mejorada is a journalist and social media activist. A former Iloilo provincial administrator, he is now waging a crusade against corruption and narco-politics.

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