Naga City, PRA ink deal to move project

MOU FOR PRO­POSED RECLA­MA­TION

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - By Jose Santino S. Bu­na­chita RE­PORTER

The pro­posed 146hectare Naga Recla­ma­tion Project is ex­pected to move for­ward af­ter the Naga City gov­ern­ment as­sured the Philip­pine Recla­ma­tion Au­thor­ity (PRA) that it will com­ply with doc­u­men­tary re­quire­ments and pro­cesses of the PRA for their project.

The Naga City gov­ern­ment made their as­sur­ance of­fi­cial by en­ter­ing into a me­moran­dum of un­der­stand­ing (MOU) with the PRA for their project.

The first phase of the project, a 16-hectare area which is al­ready com­pleted, was found out to be “ir­reg­u­lar” be­cause it lacked the ap­proval from the PRA and some doc­u­ments.

“By sign­ing the MOU, both par­ties, par­tic­u­larly the city gov­ern­ment, agrees to reg­u­lar­ize the ex­ist­ing 16 hectares of the recla­ma­tion project by com­ply­ing with the needed re­quire­ments. As for the re­main­ing 130 hectares, we will also make sure to com­ply with all re­quire­ments,” said Naga City Mayor Kris­tine Vanessa Chiong.

The sign­ing was held at the Naga City sports com­plex yes­ter­day morn­ing to­gether with PRA of­fi­cials led by its CEO and Gen­eral Man­ager Janilo Ru­bi­ato.

The 146-hectare pro­posed recla­ma­tion project will in­volve the coastal ar­eas from Barangay South Pobla­cion (at the mouth of the Pang­dan River) up to Barangay Inaya­gan (the bound­ary of Naga City and Minglanilla). It will also pass through Barangays East Pobla­cion, Colon and Tuyan.

The project is di­vided into eight phases. The first phase in­volves the 16 hectares which is al­ready com­pleted.

As to the rest of the re­main­ing seven phases, it won’t be started un­less the city gov­ern­ment com­plies with all the needed re­quire­ments.

Chiong said they hope to com­plete the re­quire­ments within two years.

Af­ter which, it will be re­ferred to the PRA for eval­u­a­tion and as­sess­ment. It will then be passed to the PRA board and later on to the Na­tional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Au­thor­ity (Neda) Board which is chaired by the Pres­i­dent.

“We in the PRA, we bind our­selves to help and as­sist you (Naga City) in ev­ery step of the way in all the pro­cesses and in the sub­mis­sion of the manda­tory re­quire­ments,” Ru­bi­ato said in a speech.

The city gov­ern­ment needs a de­tailed fea­si­bil­ity study; en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact state­ment; en­gi­neer­ing ge­o­log­i­cal and geo­haz­ard as­sess­ment; res­o­lu­tions from the Neda Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil and pro­vin­cial/city coun­cil ex­press­ing no ob­jec­tion to the pro­posed recla­ma­tion; and an En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­pli­ance Cer­tifi­cate (ECC) from the De­part­ment of En­vi­ron­ment and Nat­u­ral Re­sources (DENR).

The sec­ond phase of the project will in­volve 2.3 hectares, 5.9 hectares on the third, 6.5 hectares on the fourth, 8.9 hectares on the fifth, 44.9 hectares on the sixth, 38 hectares on the sev­enth and 23.2 hectares on the eighth phase.

Chiong said that there had been prob­lems when the city was do­ing the first phase of the project which now houses sev­eral gov­ern­ment prop­er­ties.

The PRA found out that the first phase did not have their ap­proval and that they were not able to col­lect its share from the project.

How­ever, this has been set­tled af­ter the PRA agreed not to col­lect their share of the 16-hectare project be­cause 8 hectares had been de­vel­oped for pub­lic use.

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