Lapu-Lapu City wants to make reclamation project a separate island

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THE 400-hectare Mactan North Reclamation and Development Project (MNRDP) in Lapu-Lapu City will be established as a separate island.

While this will be developed in the reclamation area in four barangays, Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan said the implementation will not affect households nor buildings in the city.

“There will be no households affected because that is a separate island. It is not adjoining the mainland,” said Chan on Thursday, September 8, 2022.

The MNRDP will be established in Barangay Punta Engaño all the way to barangays Mactan, Buaya, and Ibo.

It will be implemented anytime soon, Chan said adding that they are just waiting for the decision of the Court of Appeals (CA).

Chan said one of the reasons why it took long to start the project was due to the pending case before the CA.

“Tan-awon nato kay naka pending paman siya sa Court of Appeals. Let's see kon kanus-a mahuman, mag-agad man ta sa korte kon unsay desisyon paaboton sa nato,” said Chan.

“And the number two, mao na atong susihon ang two proponents nga nag-away because we want to implement that project so gipaabot na lang nato kung duna ba gyud silay kapasidad to do the project,” he said.

The mayor said they already secured an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

“It's a matter of the notice to proceed nalang gyud ang paghatag sa PRA (Philippine Reclamation Authority) og clearance ug ang paghatag pod og clearance pod sa city government,” he added.

MNRDP is a project between the Lapu-Lapu City Government and the Salug Valley Enterprises and Development Corp. (SVEDC) Group, which includes Jan de Nul, Royal Haskoning, Philippine Business Bank, FBO Management Network Inc., and other renowned private institutions.

The reclamation project was approved on April 27, 2003 during the time of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Five years later or on April 28, 2008, the PRA and the city government entered into a memorandum of agreement for the implementation of the MNRDP.

The Lapu-Lapu City Government and SVEDC Group have reportedly agreed to rebrand the MNRDP as the Mactan Cebu Ocean City (MCOC), which will house several modern and state-of-the-art businesses that will transform the city as the gateway for foreign investments in the Visayas.

The MCOC project is expected to help solve issues and challenges that the city is currently facing such as traffic congestion, lack of commercial lands, among others. (MKG)