City Interventions

Metro Iloilo Ferry Terminal System and Central Business District Revitalization

Country: Philippines
City: Iloilo

Key Stakeholders and PartnersMetro Iloilo Guimaras Economic Development Council (MIGEDC); National Economic Development Authority (NEDA)

Project Preparation Study PeriodApril - November 2008

CDIA SupportUS$ 60,685

Expected Downstream FinancingUS$3.4 million (public-private partnership)

Infrastructure sectorsUrban Transport
Urban Renewal

CDIA priority impact areasClimate Change Mitigation and Adaptation; Good Governance; Poverty Reduction

Key City Development Issues

In 2008, commuters between Iloilo City and the Island Province of Guimaras were estimated to be over 4.2 million passengers annually. The ferry ridership was expected to expand further with the contribution of an emerging tourism market in the area. If this growth was to be nurtured, the ferry stations in Parola in Iloilo as well as in Buenavista and Jordan in Guimaras need to be modernized and equipped with all necessary amenities for the comfort of the growing number of passengers. This was the key aim of the project, Guimaras-Iloilo Ferry Terminal System (GIFTS).

Meanwhile, the Iloilo central business district (CDB) is the economic center of Iloilo City. Through the CBD’s revitalization efforts, the city aimed to transform the Iloilo downtown into a competitive, interesting, and dynamic place that attracts businesses and where the existing community therein can grow in a sound, convenient and healthy place. Under the Iloilo Downtown CBD Revitalization (IDCBDR) project, CDIA identified pilot initiatives in Calle Real Pedestrian Boulevard (between Ledesma/Arroyo and Aldeguer Street); Aldeguer Street Market (between Iznart Street and Calle Real); and Iloilo Central Market (a 1.37 hectare compound along Iznart Street), which are part of the inner core of the CBD. The area strategically contains the critical mass of Iloilo’s heritage commercial structures.

Details of Cooperation

CDIA supported the Metro Iloilo Guimaras Economic Development Council (MIGEDC) in the conduct of pre-feasibility study (PFS) for the GIFTS project; conduct of PFS for the IDCBDR Project; strengthening of MIGEDC’s capacity as the coordinating unit for the MIG infrastructure program development and implementation; and development of a marketing plan for the MIGEDC infrastructure projects.

Expected Development Outcomes

Both projects are expected to provide significant benefits for the population of the Metro Iloilo-Guimaras area. To date, the Parola Terminal in Iloilo has been developed into a multi-use commercial complex under a Joint Venture with Double Dragon Corporation. It now benefits at least 3,500 passengers daily between Iloilo and Guimaras Province. What used to be a mere dock for loading and unloading passengers has now been transformed into a modern terminal complex with air-conditioned terminal lobby, ticketing area, canopied loading arcades, clean public toilets, designated parking areas, and drop-off points. It is also equipped with CCTV cameras, baggage scanning machines and metal detectors for the safety of the passengers. Next to the terminal is a commercial center with a grocery shop, a pharmacy, a number of restaurants, and other stores for added convenience of passengers.

In addition, the municipalities of Buenavista and Jordan opted for a gradual redevelopment of their ports using internal resources. 

In line with the IDCBDR project, the city government decided to implement the project through a public-private partnership arrangement as recommended by the PFS. In 2022, a 25-year lease agreement was undertaken with SM Prime Holdings, Inc. (SMPHI), one of the country’s biggest retail companies to rehabilitate the Iloilo Central and Terminal Markets. Other initiatives were implemented under the city budget. Upon implementation of the public market redevelopment, the project is expected to improve income opportunities for hawkers, and improve hygiene and public health through enhancements in solid waste management, wastewater treatment, and toilet facilities, among others. Being a heritage building, the external structures of the market will also be restored.

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