Gasa­taya files bill cre­at­ing Metropolit­an Ba­colod De­vel­op­ment Author­ity

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BA­COLOD City Lone Dis­trict Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Greg Gasa­taya has filed House Bill No. 2688 seek­ing to es­tab­lish the Metropolit­an Ba­colod De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (MBDA) in Ba­colod City.

Gasa­taya re­filed the MBDA bill, af­ter sub­se­quent bills in 2016 and 2017 were not able to push through.

If passed into law, Ba­colod City, Bago City, Si­lay City, Tal­isay City, and Mur­cia would be clus­tered into a special de­vel­op­ment and ad­min­is­tra­tive unit that would be di­rected by the MBDA and un­der the su­per­vi­sion of the Depart­ment of In­te­rior and Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to the pre­vi­ous leg­is­la­tion, “The MBDA shall per­form plan­ning, mon­i­tor­ing, and co­or­di­na­tive func­tions.”

The 2017 bill in­di­cated the MBDA would be in­volved in de­vel­op­ment plan­ning, trans­port and traf­fic man­age­ment, solid waste dis­posal and sewage man­age­ment, ur­ban re­newal, zon­ing, health and san­i­ta­tion, pub­lic safety, among other mat­ters.

He said Ba­colod is the 8th most pop­u­lous and 6th most densely pop­u­lated among the 12 metropolit­an ar­eas in the coun­try.

“The com­mon man­age­ment of pub­lic needs in the lo­cal gov­ern­ment units such as trans­porta­tion and traf­fic man­age­ment, waste reg­u­la­tion and man­age­ment, health and san­i­ta­tion, de­vel­op­ment plan­ning, flood con­trol and sewage, pub­lic safety, and land use plan­ning will be a big help in avoiding the problems other metropolit­an ar­eas are fac­ing now,” he added.

Gasa­taya fur­ther said Ba­colod City has be­come one of the fastest-grow­ing cities in the coun­try and its pe­riph­eries have like­wise be­come ur­ban cen­ters thus an­tic­i­pat­ing its cen­tral role in Metropolit­an Ba­colod is paramount.

Na­tional Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (NEDA) West­ern Visayas ear­lier said that a mas­ter­plan for the pro­posed Metropolit­an Ba­colod is un­der­way and NEDA Re­gion VI is plan­ning to in­clude the pro­posal in the 2020 bud­get.

Gasa­taya said that he is in full sup­port of the move from NEDA and that it will have pos­i­tive im­pact on the econ­omy of the en­tire prov­ince as it could trans­late to the erec­tion of a cen­ter of tourism, man­u­fac­tur­ing, in­for­ma­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tions tech­nol­ogy, and busi­ness.

He said this will also be a big help in ad­dress­ing woes on traf­fic con­ges­tion and waste man­age­ment in the city.

For his part Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal Gov­er­nor Eu­ge­nio Jose Lac­son said yes­ter­day that he is hop­ing the bill will suc­cess­fully be passed by the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Lac­son said the MBDA had long been talked about in the past. Lac­son also com­pared the cre­ation of the MBDA to the present Metro Manila De­vel­op­ment Author­ity (MMDA) and the cities such as Bago, Si­lay, Tal­isay, and the town of Mur­cia will greatly ben­e­fit from the pro­posal.

“Its a turn in the right di­rec­tion, and I do hope [Gasa­taya] will suc­ceed in con­vinc­ing his fel­low law­mak­ers to sup­port his bill,” Lac­son added./map & TDE

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