ONE of the committee chairmen of the Regional Development Council (RDC) 7 is calling on stakeholders and government agencies to carefully study the impact of the proposed 234.80-hectare Seafront City reclamation project in Consolacion, Cebu.
“Reclamations seem to be the flavor of the month these days and I can only hope that these projects have sound financial, social and environmental studies to justify the projects,” said Gordon Alan Joseph, chairman of the Infrastructure Development and Power Sub-Committees of the RDC 7.
Joseph said proper public consultation must be done, particularly to affected stakeholders and the project must go through a sound environment impact assessment.
“It is now up to the project proponents and the affected stakeholders to meet to discuss environmental and business disruption mitigation measures and see to it that these are implemented,” Joseph said.
“Our last hope is that this project is designed as a green, world-class smart city project and not just another unplanned landfill,” he added.
The proposed Seafront City reclamation project is a consortium with a private firm, La Consolacion Seafront Development Inc. and the municipal government of Consolacion.
This mixed-use reclamation project is envisioned to become an international economic hub.