Council reconfirms mayor's authority in ferry terminal project-A A +A
Monday, December 9, 2013
THE Iloilo City Council reverted its previous decision cancelling the contract between the City Government and the Double Dragon Corp on a public private partnership (PPP) scheme on the proposed Parola ferry terminal.
Mabilog said he is positive the ferry terminal project will start by early 2014 and the land at the parola area is already prepared for the project.
Councilor Plaridel Nava, who was against the PPP contract rescission due to some vague provisions on the share of the City Government, led the passing of the resolution by reiterating and reconfirming the authority of City Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog to sign a contract with Double Dragon without any condition.
The proposed P135-million project aimed to modernize sea travel from the city to Guimaras island province.
Mabilog said there are certain amendments to the old contract to be submitted to the National Economic Development Authority for final approval.
Lawyer Joelito Barrera, legal counsel of Double Dragon, explained to the City Council the 25-year contract, in which the City Government will get one percent from terminal fees, one percent from berthing fees, one percent from cargo fees and another one percent from gross rental fees. These fees were not included in the old contract rescinded by the council last June 2013.
Mabilog said he is positive the ferry terminal project will start by early 2014 and the land at the parola area is already prepared for the project. (Lydia C. Pendon)