Hi­noba-an mayor laments ‘sus­pen­sion’ of ship­build­ing project

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Hi­noba-an town will lose great op­por­tu­ni­ties in terms of in­vest­ment and thou­sands of jobs if the ship build­ing plant eyed by a Ja­panese firm will back out from the area.

This was lamented yes­ter­day by Hi­noba-an Mayor Ernesto Es­trao

Es­trao said that so far, le­gal is­sues sur­round­ing the pro­posed ship re­cy­cling fa­cil­ity by a Ja­panese in­vestor needs to be re­solved in or­der to jumpstart the project.

Es­trao refers to the $300 mil­lion Tsuneishi Heavy In­dus­tries project un­der the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

Es­trao said that al­though re­lo­ca­tion of lo­cal res­i­dents falls un­der the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the lo­cal gov­ern­ment but the re­main­ing struc­tures and res­i­dents in the area to be used by Tsuneishi are just wait­ing for their com­pen­sa­tions be­fore they will trans­fer to the re­lo­ca­tion area.

He added they will ex­ert all ef­forts with the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment in or­der to re­solve the is­sues that hin­ders the con­struc­tion of the ship re­cy­cling


Ear­lier, Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Gov­er­nor-elect Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son, said due to pend­ing res­o­lu­tions sur­round­ing le­gal is­sues, the $300 mil­lion ship re­cy­cling project in Barangay Bacuyan­gan in the town is sus­pended.

Out­go­ing Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Gov­er­nor Al­fredo Marañon, Jr., has re­quested the Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Pro­vin­cial Board to pass res­o­lu­tions grant­ing him the au­thor­ity to ap­ply for an en­vi­ron­men­tal com­pli­ance cer­tifi­cate, along with other re­lated clear­ances. His suc­ces­sor said there are cur­rently le­gal is­sues sur­round­ing the 150-hectare piece of land in the said barangay.

Lac­son said, de­spite the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment spend­ing three years to ac­quire the prop­erty, they have yet to clear the area as there are still 18 homes on the land.

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

Green Alert Net­workne­gros Is­land and its al­lied or­ga­ni­za­tions op­posed the fa­cil­ity, claim­ing 15,000 man­groves would be cut down to pave the way for the project. In ad­di­tion, they said coral, sea grass, and the liveli­hoods of the com­mu­nity would also be af­fected./tde

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