Davao Coastline and Port Development Project (P39-billion), once acknowledged, can serve as the stage for the city’s ascent as a provincial monetary capital of worldwide extents.
Administrator Reghis M. Romero II, of port engineer and administrator Mega Harbor Port and Development Inc., said they are resolved to assemble a cutting edge, coordinated, independent and environment-accommodating and completely ace arranged blended use focal business area with a port city bringing a world-class offices that will take Mindanao’s agri-business execution higher than ever, growing its tourism and speculation absorptive limit and grade abilities to a level never experienced.
“It is practically impossible for us (Mega Harbour) to miss the strategic role of Mindanao in the global economic scheme. Mindanao is the Philippines’ nearest mainland to Asean’s archipelagic sub-region comprising Singapore, Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia,” he said.
He added that the project is bound to become Davao’s premier international gateway and Show window to the world.
Victor S. Songco, president of the task engineer, told correspondents in a question and answer session at the sidelines of the Davao Agri-Trade Expo (Date) 2016 at the SMX Convention Center, Lanang, on Friday, that they eye to begin the improvement works center of one year from now.
“Hopefully, the Notice to Proceed (NTP) will be issued by the Philippine Reclamation Authority by mid next year, maybe June, so we can start the construction already,” he said, adding that the developer is committed to finish all technical, environmental and social requirements needed.
At present, the developer is complying necessary permits before the national government agencies including PRA and National Economic and Development Authority (Neda).
Under the Executive Order 146, the National Economic and Development Authority Board is mandated to approve reclamation projects.
The PRA, for its part, will process, evaluate and recommend the approval of the proposals to the board.
Last June, the City Government of Davao spoke to by then leader, now President Rodrigo Duterte, and the Mega Harbor bunch inked a joint endeavor assention for the 200-hectare extend that will keep running from Times Beach to Agdao, Davao City.
Additionally, the task engineer is on full swing plausibility study. The advocates plan to complete each required study by December of this current year.
A portion of the studies the organization is doing are registration labeling, hydrologic beach front designing, market study, activity study and financial study, among others.
Traversing 200 hectares from the shore of the Davao Gulf and extending around six to seven kilometers included four islands, this strong bolster base for Brunei-Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Philippines East Asian Growth Area (BIMP-Eaga) and Asean monetary coordination will have a port office, modern stop, a business and money related focus, a BPO complex and a tourism center.
Songco said all the four islands are focused to be finished inside three years.
“We already have some interested and potential locators of the project but we have yet to disclose their identities,” Songco said.
But he clarified that they are the one operating the port facility.
Arch. Manuel Noche, master planner of the reclamation project, said they have been doing series of consultations with the barangays to hear their sentiments and explain the project and its impacts.
“Two days ago, we had dialogue with them and it’s ongoing, and we noted that they have fear of the unknown but once it will be cleared, then there is no problem,” Noche said.
In fact, the company said that the project will benefit some 3,500 families in the coastal communities.
“Displacement, off-site relocation is the community’s major concern,” Noche added.
With this, he cleared that with the project no displacement will happen.
But Songcon said those affected with the slum upgrade, the developer will construct a medium rise buildings within the area.
They also clarified that there are two projects two happen in the area, the coastline and port development and the Department of Public Ways and Highways (DPWH) long-stalled Coastal Road project.
Noche said that maybe with the DPWH’s project Road Right of Ways, issues will occur.
“We are working closely with the DPWH-11 (Davao) because our project will be a parallel development with them,” Noche said.