Capitol to build ramp, applies for permit

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Friday, July 18, 2014


A RAMP will be built as access way from W. Geonzon St. to the construction site of the P5-billion business process outsourcing (BPO) complex developed through a joint venture of the Provincial Government and Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI).

Gov. Hilario Davide III said that last Wednesday, the Province submitted a letter-request to Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama to issue a permit for the construction of the ramp.

“We submitted to the Cebu City Zoning Board our permit-application to introduce a ramp to connect our buildings’ driveway and parking to W. Geonzon St. (in Barangay Apas, Cebu City),” read the Capitol’s request signed by Davide and Joseph Yap, president of Cyberzone Properties Inc.

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Davide stated in his letter that the construction of the ramp is in accordance with the City’s Revised Zoning Code of 1996, as amended.

The project site is separated by a concrete wall from CPVDC-managed Cebu IT Park.

The construction of a ramp came up after FLI was allegedly prohibited by CPVDC to open an access road from its construction site, passing through CPVDC’s perimeter to cross to Geonzon St. inside the Cebu IT Park.

CPVDC is a subsidiary of Cebu Holdings Inc. (CHI), which is an affiliate of Ayala Land.

The governor said Ayala Land should not be threatened with FLI’s project because it will benefit the Cebuanos.

Davide said he already tried to set a meeting with FLI and CPVDC twice, but these did not materialize.

On the joint venture with FLI, the Provincial Capitol has been receiving a monthly rent of P587,066.96 since the groundbreaking of the project in 2012.

In 2013, the Province collected a total of P7.534 million from FLI. From January to June this year, it has collected P3.533 million.

According to the joint venture agreement, the Province, which owns the 1.2-hectare property where the project is constructed, must undertake giving access to FLI and its contractors to the construction site.

In his letter to Rama, Davide said the project is already in the finishing stage, and he hopes that it will start its operations in the next few months.

Sun.Star Cebu tried to get a reaction from CHI Corporate Communications manager Jeanette Japzon but calls and text messages remained unanswered.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 19, 2014.

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