Waiting sheds will be greener in Iloilo City in harmony with the local government’s environment-friendly initiatives. This after Megaworld Corporation pledged to donate 30 waiting sheds adorned with plants and vines.
Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas and Megaworld Corporation-Iloilo Business Park Vice President for Sales and Marketing Jennifer Ann P. Fong signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on Friday, February 26 for the construction of 30 waiting sheds along the Diversion Road. Also present at the event were Mr. Buford Tan, Festive Walk Mall General Manager, and Atty. Hazel Garcia, as witnesses.
Megaworld, who owns the 72-hectare township in the Mandurriao district, will fund the construction of the waiting sheds based on design of the renowned Architect Paulo Alcazaren. The project is under the public-private partnership (PPP) arrangement.
The waiting sheds will be placed in loading bays of the highway together with the to-be-constructed Iloilo City Green Tunnels, which will be integrated into the existing bike lanes in the city. The waiting sheds will come with vines and plants as roofing and are a part of the city’s initiatives to mitigate climate change.
“They will hopefully start creating a safe and sustainable space for our commuters on Monday (March 1). It was always my vision to build facilities that will make Iloilo City more liveable, and with the help of our partner agencies, it is never impossible,” said Trenas.
More Green Projects in Iloilo City
Aside from the green waiting sheds and bike lane tunnels, Iloilo City Government has also started constructing the Tree Park Network which consists of Hinactacan mangrove eco-forest in La Paz, Boulevard Tree Park in Molo, and Iloilo City Tree Park in Lanit, Jaro.
Mangrove reforestation is ongoing along the stretch of Iloilo Esplanade together with dispersal of more fingerlings and juvenile fishes in the river. The City Agriculturist Office is also starting pocket forests along Circumferential Road 1, and butterfly garden will rise in Plaza Lapaz.
“This 2021, we envision a safer, cleaner, and greener Iloilo City for our citizens to enjoy and nurture,” said Trenas.