30 Hi­noba-an fam­i­lies ready to trans­fer at re­lo­ca­tion site

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HI­NOBA-AN Mayor Ernesto Es­trao said yes­ter­day that 30 fam­i­lies who will be af­fected by the con­struc­tion of a shipbuilding fa­cil­ity in the town are ready to trans­fer at the re­lo­ca­tion site pro­vided by the Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

Es­trao said a to­tal of 247 fam­i­lies are due for re­lo­ca­tion to give way to the 282-hectare eco­nomic zone in Barangay Bacuyan­gan which is be­ing eyed by Tsuneishi Heavy In­dus­tries for its $300 mil­lion shipbuilding fa­cil­ity.

Of the 247 fam­i­lies af­fected by the devel­op­ment of the eco­nomic zone, 150 of them have al­ready signed the con­tract to avail the re­lo­ca­tion site and 30 are al­ready set to trans­fer once the elec­tri­cal con­nec­tion is ready.

“We re­ally look for­ward to the re­al­iza­tion of the project be­cause this will ad­dress the em­ploy­ment prob­lem and will cer­tainly boost the eco­nomic as­pect of our town as well as the neigh­bor­ing ar­eas,” Es­trao said.

The mayor cited that Tsuneishi is eye­ing to gen­er­ate 5,000 jobs dur­ing its ini­tial op­er­a­tion and up to 10,000 jobs dur­ing its full op­er­a­tion.

There are still 21 fam­i­lies who sig­ni­fied not to sign the con­tract for re­lo­ca­tion and we re­spect their de­ci­sion, Es­trao said.

He said this is one of the pet projects of the Pro­vin­cial Gov­ern­ment which is very ben­e­fi­cial to Hi­noba-an

“The mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment is fa­cil­i­tat­ing the trans­fer of the af­fected fam­i­lies to the re­lo­ca­tion site and we as­sure them that once the lo­ca­tors pro­ceed the projects those af­fected will be given pri­or­i­ties for the jobs. They were also ex­tended P45,000 each, 150-square me­ter lot for their house and free Tesda (Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion and Skills Devel­op­ment Author­ity) train­ing,” Es­trao added.

He also as­sured of en­vipreceded

ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion as con­cerned gov­ern­ment agen­cies like the En­vi­ron­men­tal Man­age­ment Bureau can­not is­sue the En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­pli­ance Cer­tifi­cate if en­vi­ron­men­tal con­cerns are not prop­erly ad­dressed.

Some en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist groups have been op­pos­ing the project.

He fur­ther said that the ex­pro­pri­a­tion of the prop­er­ties con­cerned was done by the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment two years ago.

Mu­nic­i­pal build­ing Mean­while, Es­trao said the con­struc­tion of the new Hi­noba-an mu­nic­i­pal build­ing is al­most com­plete.

They have al­ready trans­ferred to the new build­ing which is worth P25 mil­lion “at no cost” to the mu­nic­i­pal gov­ern­ment, Es­trao said.

He said the new mu­nic­i­pal build­ing is con­structed through do­na­tions in­clud­ing those from some sen­a­tors./tde

TERESA ELLERA

SALVACION Port is part of the eco­nomic zone eyed by Tsuneishi Heavy In­dus­tries for a shipbuilding fa­cil­ity in Barangay Bacuyan­gan, Hi­noba-an.

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