BUSINESSMAN Vladimir Gonzales is asking the Bacolod City Council to hasten his request for the issuance of a Letter of No Objection (LNO) for his port project located in Sitio Sibucao, Barangay Banago, Bacolod City.
Gonzales, who was at the Provincial Capitol Monday, February 3, said he has been asking the city to issue the LNO for more than a year already so that he can proceed with his reclamation application with the Philippine Reclamation Authority and for a port development for an area of 232 hectares.
At present, Gonzales said he has a 7.5-hectare property at the area with 450 coastal lineal meters.
The 232 hectares, he said, will be comprised of about a hundred hectare proposed Economic Zone dedicated for factories, assembling plants and port of international standards.
"There are a lot of investors for the project. The City Government could generate huge taxes and job opportunities," Gonzales said.
"For the reclamation project alone, the investment is pegged at P7 billion not including the port development," Gonzales added.
The City Government, he said, has responded to his request in December 2019 where a public hearing was held.
Gonzales said he has no more interest in politics in the future. He ran and lost in his candidacies for vice mayor of Bacolod twice and for congressman of the lone district of Bacolod once.
He said he is offering a memorandum of agreement to the City Government for a partnership where the city will have a 49 percent share.
"Since this is a private company, I will ask the city if they have plans to develop the area," he added.
He said the port project is under the name of Bacolod Reclamation Gateway Corp., which he owns.