Firm of councilor’s son pursues 621-hectare reclamation project

A firm has submitted an unsolicited proposal for the reclamation and development of 621 hectares of coastline in barangays 1, 2 and Banago in Bacolod, City Legal Officer Romeo Carlos Ting Jr. informed the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) Wednesday, February 15.

Part of the requirements for “The Gateway Project” is for the city government to apply for the reclamation project before the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), Ting said.

That is why Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez is asking the SP for authority for Bacolod City to apply for the project before the PRA, which will be tackled by the city council at its regular session next week, Councilor Al Victor Espino said.

“The Gateway Project” firm is owned by a son of Bacolod Councilor Vladimir Gonzalez, Espino said.

If the PRA gives Bacolod the go ahead for the project, the details of the unsolicited
proposal will be reviewed, Espino said.

If the city government approves “The Gateway Project” proposal, it will then be opened to other firms for a Swiss challenge, Espino said.*

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