By LITO RULONA
LIMKETKAI Sons Inc. has asked city hall to allow it to build and operate a casino right in the heart of the commercial district the company developed.
Alfonso Lim sent Vice Mayor Raineir Joaquin Uy a Jan. 16 letter of request. Uy’s office officially received it in Jan. 23.
Lim sought the passage of a city council resolution in favor of the casino project.
Uy has forwarded the request to the city council’s committee on games and amusement chaired by Councilor Zaldy Ocon.
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. opened and briefly operated a casino at Pryce Plaza Hotel in the ’90s but withdrew after sparking a firestorm of protests in this predominantly Roman Catholic city.
Part of Lim’s letter to Uy reads: “We are pleased to inform you that in our desire to contribute to the promotion of the City of Cagayan de Oro as a tourist destination for rest, recreation and entertainment, our company is applying for a franchise to establish and operate a casino in Limketkai Center.”
Lim revealed that the company plans to use the whole second level of Limketkai center’s Lifestyle Podium building which is now under construction.
It is located in Module II of Limketkai Mall.
The planned casino has a proposed area of 5,377.22 square meters, and would be linked to the 218-room Limketkai Luxe Hotel through existing covered elevated walkways.
The firm said the Lifestyle Podium is designed with a three-level carpark, including a two-level basement car-park area) that can accommodate 302 cars and 141 motorcycles.
It is currently under construction and is expected to be completed in January 2018.
Lim said the casino, if allowed, would be regulated by Pagcor, and “further enhance [the city’s] status as a world-class urban metropolis for both local and foreign tourist to visit.”