CEBU CITY (PNA) – A 203-hectare reclamation project in Lapu-Lapu City, home to the international airport here, is expected to start by the end of the third quarter this year.
This after City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with reclamation developer Mactan Bluewater Development Consortium last August 7.
A press statement released by the city’s Public Information Office on Tuesday said the project would solve Lapu-Lapu City’s traffic congestion, provide a relocation site for informal settlers, and acquire additional properties that would spur more revenues for the city government without spending a single peso.
Chan said the developer would reclaim a 203-hectare area that will cover the shores of barangays Punta Engaño and Canjulao.
“We will build there our coastal highway, a 30-meter wide road,” he said in Cebuano, adding that this was being designed as an alternative road.
Chan noted that about 52 percent of the total reclaimed area would go to the city government, and 48 percent to the developer.
Another component of the reclamation project will be the implementation of the socialized housing project for informal settlers proclaimed by former president Gloria Arroyo years ago, he said.
Arroyo had allocated a 25-hectare area for socialized housing in Barangay Canjulao.
“We can use the property for this purpose. The developer will build it at no cost to the city government,” Chan said, adding that the mixed-use reclamation project would host spaces for tourism facilities, commercial and industrial properties, and a park.
A boardwalk is also being eyed.
He also cited the option of erecting a new City Hall building in the soon-to-be-reclaimed lot.
The Philippine Reclamation Authority has approved the project and the City Council has authorized Chan to sign the MOA.