BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The Bacolod Reclamation Gateway Corporation and City Hall, also called the Bacolod City Government Center, will tie up for a joint venture that plans to reclaim at least 621 hectares of land off the coast of three seaside villages here – Banago, 1, and 2.
The legal officer here, Romeo Carlos Ting, said the joint venture has yet to be subjected to a detailed discussion in the city council but the initial arrangement involves the city applying for the project with the Philippine Reclamation Authority.
BRGC is a firm owned by the Gonzalez family and headed by Jadd Gonzalez, son of Councilor Vladimir who ran under the party of sitting Mayor Alfredo Abelardo “Albee” Benitez.
The Gonzalez firm had long sought for a resolution of non objection from the council here since the term of then Mayor Evelio Leonardia but was granted one only recently by the council dominated by his allies.
Ting said BRGC will finance the reclamation works and develop the new property that will eventually be turned over to the city.
Meanwhile, Banago village chief Ricky Mijares said that they will not go against any development in their village as long as the firm or the city inform them of their plans.
Mijares added that as long as residents living near the coastal lines are not affected and displaced, he would welcome the development plan.
Ting added that this proposal is subject for pre qualification by the Sangguniang Panlungsod.