Council okays reclamation for coastal road

The city Council has allowed City Mayor Sara Duterte to sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) for the reclamation of areas affected by the coastal road project.

On Tuesday, councilors approved on final reading the ordinance authorizing the mayor to sign in behalf of the city government to enter into an MOU with the PRA “relative to the reclamation of the area enclosed by the coastal road project and the existing coastline of Davao Gulf for the city’s infrastructure development projects.”

The ordinance was endorsed by Councilor Jesus Joseph Zozobrado, chair of the council’s committee on public works and highways.

The local government endorsed on March 8, 2018 to PRA General Manager and CEO Atty. Janilo Rubiato a letter of intent to undertake the reclamation and land development of the area that will be enclosed by the Davao Coastal Road and the other infrastructure development projects in the coastline of the Davao Gulf.

As the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) has been delegated to approve reclamation projects, the PRA will recommend to NEDA for the approval of the projects provided that all requirements are provided.

These requirements include the letter of intent from the applicant, area clearance, feasibility study of the proposed reclamation project, environmental impact statement and the environmental compliance certificate, City Council resolution expressing no objection to the proposed reclamation project and legal documents to be submitted by private entities, local government unit, government owned and controlled corporations (GOCC) or national government agencies (NGA).

The national government has allocated P19 billion for the four-lane coastal road starting from Barangay Bago Aplaya to R. Castillo. The project, a flagship project of the Duterte’s administration, started last year and is expected to finish by 2022.