Ahong signs JVA for 200-ha. reclamation project in Mactan

By: Morexette Marie B. Erram - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital | August 07,2020 - 09:55 PM
Lapu signs JVA for 200-ha. reclamation project in Mactan

Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard ‘Ahong’ Chan (left) and Mactan Bluewaters Development Corporation chairperson Carlos Gonzalez (right) during the August 7 signing of the JVA for the development of a 203-hectare reclamation in the city. | Photo courtesy of Mayor Junard ‘Ahong’ Chan.

CEBU CITY, Philippines – The Lapu-Lapu City Government on Friday, August 7, entered into an agreement with a private firm for the development of a reclamation project in the city.

Mayor Junard ‘Ahong’ Chan, in a post on his official Facebook page, announced that he signed a joint-venture agreement (JVA) with Mactan Bluewaters Development Corporation to proceed with the 203-hectare reclamation project that will be situated off Barangays Punta Engaño and Canjulao.

Also present during the signing of the JVA were several officials of the Lapu-Lapu City Hall and Carlos Gonzalez, chairman of Mactan Bluewaters Development Corporation.

Chan said they are banking on the future development to be a potential player in the tourism industry, which, he said, could generate thousands of jobs.

“Liboan sa atong nga kaigsuonan ang maka pahimulos sa maong proyekto ubos sa PPP kon Private Public Partnership kay makamugna kini og liboan ka mga trabaho hilabi na sa atong tourism industry,” said Chan.

(Thousands of our fellow Oponganons stand to benefit from this project that will be done through Private-Public Partnership because this will generate thousands of job opportunities, particularly in the tourism industry.)

The mayor said he is grateful for the firm’s commitment to invest in Lapu-Lapu City.

“Mao na kini ang sinugdanan sa among pagbangon pagkahuman sa makalilisang nga sakit nga nagbutang sa kadaghanan sa kalisod,” Chan added.

(This is the start of our recovery from the pandemic that caused sufferings to most of us.)

Reclamation projects

At least two reclamation projects are now being proposed on Mactan Island – one in Lapu-Lapu City and the other in the adjoining town of Cordova.

READ: 1,500-hectare reclamation in Cordova to push through

The Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), the government clearinghouse for all reclamation projects in the country, has since approved the proposal to reclaim a total of 400-hectares of foreshore and offshore areas in Lapu-Lapu City.

Called the Mactan North Reclamation and Development Project, PRA stated on its website that this is designed to integrate industrial, commercial, residential, and tourism development into one area.

“PRA will have a land share of 20 hectares while Lapu-Lapu City will own 380 hectares,” PRA said.

PRA documents also showed that the Mactan North Reclamation and Development Project, as of 2016, costs around P25 billion. / dcb

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