PRA yet to approve Davao Mega Harbor

Subscribe Now August 05, 2016 at 07:23am

THE Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) is yet to approve Davao City’s multibillion Mega Harbour project.

Chair of the Committee on Trade, Commerce and Industry Councilor Jimmy Dureza said the success of the P39-billion project depends on the PRA.

“The issuance of permit for the project is still pending,” Dureza said.

President Rodrigo Duterte forged the agreement with Mega Harbour Port and Development (MHPD) for the development of the proposed reclamation project when he was still Davao City’s mayor.

The Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) between the developer and the City Government of Davao for the reclamation project covering coastal areas in Davao City was inked last Tuesday, June 21, at the SMX Convention Center, SM Lanang Premier.

The developer eyed completion of all necessary permits within the year.

Duterte signed the agreement with the assurance that residents in the coastline will not be displaced. In fact, the developer promised that the project will provide livelihood opportunities for the residents.

Dureza, on the other hand, expressed optimism that the project will be approved. He said his committee has intensified massive information dissemination for the coastline residents to understand the objectives of the project.

The project which is targeted to develop 214 hectares of coastline will be 40 meters away from the coast stretching from Agdao to Bucana will develop four-island projects aims to benefit around 2,500 residents of the city’s coastlines.

At least 70 hectares will be developed into a port that will cater to both international and domestic containers.

Based on the project profile of the Davao City Coastline and Port Development Project, the project aimed to make an economic turn-around and provide sufficient and basic livelihood for marginalized people.

The Mega Harbour Port and Development Inc. will fund the project, which is expected to generate employment, create a new cityscape and make it highly competitive. Green Urbanism is also an overriding concept in the development.


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