THE $300 million ship recycling project of Tsuneishi Heavy Industries of Japan will not push through for now, according to Negros Occidental governor-elect Eugenio Jose Lacson.
Lacson on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, said that in a meeting with outgoing Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr., he was told that pending the resolution of the legal issues surrounding the 150-hectare land in Salvacion, Barangay Bacuyangan in Hinobaan, part of the proposed Southern Negros Industrial Estate, the project is suspended for now.
Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. has requested the Provincial Board of Negros Occidental for the passage of the proposed resolution granting him authority to apply for an additional Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) and other related clearances from the concerned government agencies for the initial development of the industrial estate in Hinobaan.
Lacson said that it has taken the Provincial Government three years to acquire the property and it has not totally cleared the land with 18 houses still standing.
“Maybe in the future when the property has been cleared both of structures and legal issues, maybe they will return,” he said.
Lacson said it will not stop the Provincial Government to clear the area.
Maybe other companies will be interested to invest in it, he said.
The Provincial Government of Negros Occidental has allocated P20 million for the purchase of 143,163-square meter resettlement area for families affected by the proposed economic zone where the Japanese ship recycling plant will be built.
In 2018, Marañon sought an endorsement from the Provincial Board to enter into and sign a Foreshore Lease Agreement for foreshore land intended for the alternative port located in Sitio Dalaguet, and miscellaneous lease agreements along the shoreline of Barangay Asia, all in Hinobaan.
Green Alert Network-Negros Island and its allied non-government and people’s organizations opposed the establishment of a ship-recycling facility in Hinobaan town claiming that 15,000 mangroves will be cut down to pave the way for the ship recycling project, and corals, sea grasses, and the livelihoods of the community will also be affected. (TDE)