The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) – Central Command (Centcom) in Cebu City will not be transferred to anywhere else.
Magdalo Party-list Representative Francisco “Ashley” Acedillo got the assurance in his meeting with Governor Hilario “Junjun” P. Davide III last September 19 at the Capitol.
“We have been reassured by Gov. Junjun that he is in deep talks with AFP to assure the continued stay of Camp Lapu-lapu in its current site,” he said.
Acedillo added that the governor would also review a socialized housing site intended for the military officers through Presidential Proclamation 409.
Camp Lapu-lapu is situated in the 81-hectare property in Barangay Apas, which is now known as Centcom lots. The provincial government donated the property to the military in 1959 on the condition that it shall be used only for military purposes.
Citing a violation on the condition of the donation, then Governor Gwendolyn Garcia inked an agreement with then Defense Secretary to transfer the military base to Lapu-lapu City in 2009.
The transfer is seen to affect around one thousand families in Barangay Apas. But the transfer did not materialize during the term of Garcia.
Acedillo, a son of a military officer, once lived at Camp Lapu-lapu in Barangay Apas for 10 years. In 2002, his family moved out as only those family members of military officers assigned in the camp are allowed to stay.
He said his connection with the camp explains his personal stand on the planned transfer of the military camp to Lapu-lapu City. He said he is happy with the new administration’s realization that maintaining a military camp in Cebu City is good for the interest of the province.
Meanwhile, Acedillo said he is tapping the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 to craft a site development plan in Barangay Sudlon, where the Cebu Provincial Police Office is located.
He said the development plan is necessary to determine what structures should be added within the property, which is also owned by the Capitol.
Aside from CPPO, the Capitol’s Sudlon property also houses the offices of the National Bureau of Investigation 7, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency 7, and crime laboratories of the Philippine National Police.
“We have a commitment to help the development of the site in various ways, depending on the completed site development plan,” he said.
Acedillo said he met with Gov. Davide to personally express his desire to support his governance agenda especially on matters related to security sector reform. He said this is the advocacy of Magdalo.