“Big 3” infra projects with P2 billion fund

*Namely, 8-story Dap-ayan Center, rehab of Marcos stadium,
and Prov’l Capitol expansion edifice

As part of Ilocos Norte’s effort to boost sustainable development in the province through quality infrastructures and public facilities, the Provincial Government of Ilocos Norte (PGIN) will construct three giant infrastructure projects, all located in Laoag City after the simultaneous groundbreaking ceremony on June 28, 2019, engineering officials reported.

Known as “Big 3,” the officials said the particular projects are the construction of the Provincial Capitol expansion building, reconstruction of the Dap-ayan Food Park, and the full rehabilitation of the President Ferdinand E. Marcos Memorial Stadium.
They said these infra projects are parts of Senator-Elect Imee Marcos’ master plan for Metro Ilocos which will be realized under the new administration of her son, the incoming Governor Matthew Marcos Manotoc.
According to Engr. Lanie Daquioag, chief of Provincial Engineering Office’s Planning Division, the public bidding for the projects was held last May and the demolition work as needed in these projects will start shortly after the groundbreaking ceremony.
“Iyong (public) bidding natin ay naganap noong May 29. Since April , ongoing na ang designing stage. While waiting for the final approval of the plan and design, they can already start the demolition immediately after June 28,” Engr. Daquioag explained.
Records showed that PGIN has allocated more than Php 1 billion for the rehabilitation of Marcos Stadium while the construction of the Provincial Capitol expansion building and the reconstruction of Dap-ayan Food Park have an allocated amount of Php 640 million and Php 360 million, respectively.

Dap-ayan will be the tallest gov’t bldg in Ilocos Norte

The Dap-ayan Center is expected to rise as the tallest government building in the province, according to Allan Sonajo, the architect of the said project.

He said the eight-story Dap-ayan will have basements and major rooms for offices, among others, which will feature an architectural design similar to the Provincial Capitol building.

The Provincial Capitol expansion building will be built with the same height and design of the existing edifice, he added.

Its construction, he said, will displace the present establishments and areas such as the Cafeteria, Hypermarket Parking Area, and the Jeepney Terminal.

It was learned that the Marcos Stadium will be elevated one meter above the present road level, and all buildings, offices, and bleachers existing thereon will be demolished.

The officials expressed optimism that the construction works of the Capitol expansion building and rehabilitation of the Marcos Stadium are expected to be completed within 425 calendar days while the Dap-ayan Center is projected to be finished within 730 calendar days. (Stewart C. Ocampo, PGIN-CMO)