Manila, Pasay agree on 3 bay projects

Manila Bulletin - - News - By ARIEL FER­NAN­DEZ

The may­ors of the cities of Pasay and Manila has signed a mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment (MOA) for a joint "ut­most ef­fort to co­op­er­ate with each other and ex­tend mu­tual as­sis­tance" in con­nec­tion with their sep­a­rate part­ner­ships with pri­vate groups to re­claim huge swathes of the Manila Bay to gen­er­ate valu­able coastal real es­tate as well as pro­vide em­ploy­ment and other eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties in the two pre­mier coastal cities in Metro Manila.

The sign­ing of the MOA by Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, and Pasay Mayor An­tonino Cal­ixto, along with the rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the three groups with recla­ma­tion pro­pos­als in Manila Bay, namely Manila Gold­coast De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MGDC), SM Prime Hold­ings, Inc.; and the Pasay Har­bor City con­sor­tium, clears the way for the recla­ma­tion projects get­ting trac­tion and moved for­ward by the dif­fer­ent project pro­po­nents.

As stip­u­lated in the MOA, the three "Manila and Pasay Recla­ma­tion Projects" were iden­ti­fied as:

• MGDC's 148-hectare recla­ma­tion project in joint ven­ture with the Manila LGU "in­volv­ing the south­ern par­cel of the Manila-Cavite Coastal Road and Recla­ma­tion Project-North Sec­tor, oth­er­wise known as 'So­lar City' Project."

• SM Prime Hold­ings, Inc.'s 300-hectare and 60hectare projects in joint ven­ture with Pasay LGU, oth­er­wise known as the "SM Project"

• Pasay Har­bor City con­sor­tium's 265-hectare recla­ma­tion project in joint ven­ture with the Pasay LGU, oth­er­wise known as the "Pasay Har­bor City project."

In a state­ment, Estrada trum­peted the MGDC's So­lar City Manila's recla­ma­tion project as one that will gen­er­ate an es­ti­mated 150 bil­lion in rev­enues and cre­ate 500,000 jobs once the Philip­pine Recla­ma­tion Au­thor­ity (PRA) is­sues a no­tice to pro­ceed to the project.

Dur­ing the Manila City De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil Con­ven­tion held at the Manila Ho­tel on Oc­to­ber 20, Estrada said that the 148-hectare Manila So­lar City Recla­ma­tion Project will start early next year, the big­gest recla­ma­tion project be­tween the Manila-Pasay bor­der in the south and Roxas Boule­vard in the east.

The project will cover around 3.5 kilo­me­ters of Manila Bay’s shore­line.

“Not only will th­ese recla­ma­tion projects sub­stan­tially in­crease the rev­enues of our city, it will also gen­er­ate ap­prox­i­mately 500,000 new jobs for our res­i­dents,” Estrada said in his speech.

Based on the study made by UP pro­fes­sors, Manila has the high­est poverty in­ci­dence in the na­tional cap­i­tal re­gion be­cause many of them are job­less, he said.

“So in a sense, th­ese recla­ma­tion projects are the an­swer to our prayers. We will be able to pro­vide de­cent jobs op­por­tu­ni­ties to our cit­i­zens,” Estrada said.

“With this mile­stone project, we are get­ting close to achiev­ing our dream of re­gain­ing the City of Manila’s old ti­tle, the Pearl of the Ori­ent. This will mean a lot to us in terms of rev­enues and em­ploy­ment and busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Estrada said.

Work on the three 140hectare is­lands in the bay is ex­pected to start next year.

“As a pos­i­tive con­se­quence, the RPT share of Barangays will in­crease ac­cord­ingly. In the first year, ex­pected ad­di­tional share will amount to 15 mil­lion and 115 mil­lion per barangay af­ter 5 more years,” Estrada said.

Not only barangays will ben­e­fit but the project will like­wise ex­pand such as so­cial ser­vices, state-of-the art med­i­cal equip­ment, ad­di­tional salaries in­creases for city em­ploy­ees and more parks and play­grounds for chil­dren will be con­structed, Estrada said.

The mayor also is­sued ex­ec­u­tive or­der 39 cre­at­ing the Task Force Mali­nis na Ka­pali­gi­ran, where a Unit will con­duct strict im­ple­men­ta­tion of a city-wide clean­li­ness drive through the en­force­ment of the city’s anti-lit­ter­ing or­di­nances and ar­rest vi­o­la­tors.

He also con­firmed that the De­part­ment of the In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment cleared the city of “ghost barangays.”

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