Capitol proposes 550-hectare eco zone in the south

The Cebu Provincial Government and Governor Hilario P. Davide III want a feasibility study done on a possible 550-hectare (ha) economic zone in the south.

Some 40 has of the area is intended for the construction of an international port.

The composition of Capitol’s proposed eco-zone include 218 has of light industrial area, 209 has of commercial district, as well as 55 has of ocean park, and 13 has of pro-biotic demo farm.

The Provincial Development Council (PDC) endorsed the proposal to the Regional Development Council (RDC) 7. Governor chaired the PDC full council meeting last February 26 at the Capitol Social Hall.

The proposed economic zone covers Minglanilla and the cities of Talisay and Naga. It includes a 100-hectare reclamation project in the town of Minglanilla.

Most of the existing economic zones and commercial districts are located in the highly urbanized cities of Lapu-lapu and Cebu.

The “massive influx of populace” in the present economic and commercial districts has resulted to “congestion and uneven distribution of population among municipalities within Metro Cebu.”

The PDC resolution thus read: “There is a need to decongest highly urbanized areas and support the development of other developing municipalities and cities, in line with the Provincial Government’s adaptation of a Polycentric Urban Development.”


Meanwhile, the PDC also endorsed the various project proposals of the different municipalities in the province.PDC also endorsed Sibonga’s four (4) proposed projects. These include barangay road concreting, improvement of eco sports complex, continuation of reclamation project, and construction of community buildings for a total project worth of Php 46 million.

Dalaguete also proposed Php 57.4 million of infrastructure projects and social programs as well as the procurement of a garbage truck.

Moalboal and Sogod requested for level waterworks system in the amount of Php 30 million and Php 22.680 million, respectively.

PDC also endorsed Samboan’s proposals for the construction of eco-park and visitor’s center at Barangay San Sebastian for Php 10 million and construction of barangay road for Php 5 million.

Catmon also submitted for endorsement its Php 72 million worth of projects. The projects include repair of farm to market road (FMR) and public market, and the construction of waterworks, motorpool, abattoir and purchase of ambulance.

Pilar, likewise submitted six (6) FMR projects for Php 48 million.

The RDC 7, which is chaired by Bohol Governor Edgar Chato, is scheduled to convene next month. With the RDC endorsement, these will be forwarded to the Department of Budget and Management for possible inclusion in 2016 national budget.