Por­tion of Barangay Er­mita to be used for bridge viaduct

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Jean Marvette A. De­me­cillo/ GAN

A por­tion of a city­owned prop­erty in Barangay Er­mita, Cebu City will be af­fected by the con­struc­tion of the 8.5-kilo­me­ter Cebu Cor­dova Link Ex­press­way (CCLEX).

The good news – no fam­i­lies will be dis­placed.

At least 751 square meter of the 3,039 square meter prop­erty at Lot 4, Block 31 in the barangay will be used by the pro­po­nent of the third bridge for its viaduct, which will be over­hang­ing over the same viaduct's pile cap that will oc­cupy about 171 square me­ters.

With this, the Cebu City Coun­cil passed a res­o­lu­tion au­tho­riz­ing Mayor Tomas Os­meña to sign and ex­e­cute the Deed of Usufruct in fa­vor of Cebu Cor­dova Link Ex­press­way Cor­po­ra­tion (CCLEC) for the prop­erty that the city owns.

“Un­der Sec­tion 7.1.2 of the Con­ces­sion Agree­ment, the City of Cebu and the Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Cor­dova shall be re­spon­si­ble for pro­vid­ing the right of way on pub­lic lands re­spec­tively owned by them, in­clud­ing all in­ci­den­tal costs re­quired for the re­moval and clear­ing of struc­tures and the re­set­tle­ment of oc­cu­pants,” read a por­tion of the ap­proved deed.

Mayor's Ex­ec­u­tive As­sis­tant Fran­cisco Fer­nan­dez as­sured that there will be no fam­i­lies that will be dis­placed be­cause of the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project.

“No dis­place­ment sa fam­i­lies. Ang haligi sa third bridge nga mabu­tang sa Er­mita is dili maka-af­fect sa mga res­i­dente kay isa ka build­ing ang naa sa lu­gar. I as­sure you, there will be no de­mo­li­tion of houses,” he said.

Fer­nan­dez said the area that will be af­fected has a small multi-pur­pose build­ing erected on it.

He said it is easy for the city to re­con­struct the build­ing in an­other place.

Fer­nan­dez said the city gov­ern­ment has to com­ply with the pro­vi­sions stated un­der the Joint Ven­ture Agree­ment with Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Cor­dova and Metro Pa­cific Toll­ways De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion (MPTDC) and the Con­ces­sion Agree­ment be­tween the city, Mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Cor­dova and CCLEC.

These pro­vi­sions, he said, stated that the City of Cebu should al­low MPTDC and CCLEC the use of pub­lic land owned by the city if re­quired by the CCLEX project.

The 8.5-kilo­me­ter bridge that will con­nect Mac­tan Is­land to the main­land of Cebu is ex­pected to be com­pleted in 2021.

It fea­tures on and off ramps at Cebu City through the Cebu South Coastal Road which will be con­structed along­side the ex­ist­ing viaduct and it will merge above to con­nect to the main bridge.

The civil works of CCLEX project is un­der­taken by the Cebu Link Join­tVen­ture, a con­sor­tium of Spain-based Ac­ciona Con­struc­cion S. A., and Philip­pine-based First Bal­four Inc. and D. M. Con­sunji Inc.

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