$300-M ship­build­ing project in Hi­noba-an on hold

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY TERESA D. ELLERA

THE $300-mil­lion ship re­cy­cling project of Tsuneishi Heavy In­dus­tries of Ja­pan will not push through for now, ac­cord­ing to Gov­er­nor-elect Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son.

Lac­son yes­ter­day said that in a meet­ing with out­go­ing Gov­er­nor Al­fredo Marañon Jr., he was told that pend­ing the resolution of the le­gal is­sues sur­round­ing the 150-hectare land in Sal­va­cion, Brgy. Bacuyan­gan in Hi­nobaan, part of the pro­posed South­ern Ne­gros Industrial Es­tate, the project is sus­pended for now.

Gov­er­nor Al­fredo Marañon Jr. has re­quested the SP of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal for the pas­sage of the pro­posed resolution grant­ing him au­thor­ity to ap­ply for an ad­di­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Com­pli­ance Cer­tifi­cate (ECC) and other re­lated clear­ances from the con­cerned gov­ern­ment agen­cies for the ini­tial de­vel­op­ment of the industrial es­tate in Hi­nobaan.

Lac­son said that it has taken the provin­cial gov­ern­ment three years to ac­quire the prop­erty and it has not to­tally cleared the land with 18 houses still stand­ing.

“Maybe in the fu­ture when the prop­erty has been cleared both of struc­tures and le­gal is­sues, maybe they will re­turn,” he said.

But, Lac­son said it will not stop the provin­cial gov­ern­ment to clear the area.

Maybe other com­pa­nies will be in­ter­ested to invest in it, he said.

The provin­cial gov­ern­ment of Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal has al­lo­cated P20 mil­lion for the pur­chase of 143,163-square me­ter re­set­tle­ment area for fam­i­lies af­fected by the pro­posed eco­nomic zone where the Ja­panese ship re­cy­cling plant will be built.

Last year, Marañon sought an en­dorse­ment from the Sang­gu­nian Pan­lalaw­igan to en­ter into and sign a Fore­shore Lease Agree­ment for fore­shore land in­tended for the al­ter­na­tive port lo­cated at Si­tio Dalaguet, and mis­cel­la­neous lease agree­ments along the shore­line of Brgy. Asia, all in Hi­nobaan.

Green Alert Net­work-ne­gros Is­land and its al­lied non-gov­ern­ment and peo­ple’s or­ga­ni­za­tions op­posed the es­tab­lish­ment of a ship-re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity in Hi­nobaan town claim­ing that 15,000 man­groves will be cut down to pave the way for the ship re­cy­cling project, and corals, sea grasses, and the liveli­hoods of the com­mu­nity will also be af­fected.*

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