More green space eyed in Davao port project

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DAVAO CITY: The architectural planning and interior design firm behind the P39-billion Davao Coastline and Port Development Project, vowed to adhere to environment policies by establishing more green spaces in the area.

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“The existing pollution of the Davao Gulf is already outside our commitment but Mega Harbor will adhere to all environmental policies and will not add to the pollution problem of the Gulf,” said Architect Manolo Noche, Chief Executive Officer of Arconic.

Noche said they are in the process of looking out for large potential areas covered by the project to be developed for green spaces. They are also on the lookout for large tracts of land for park or strip landscaping or sidewalk development.

“Coastal improvement can be done by planting bakawan (mangrove) trees in the area,” he said.

The 200-hectare joint venture project between Mega Harbor and the Davao City government covers the areas from the Sta. Ana Port to Bucana.

Noche assured Davaoeños of no displacement when their project starts. The company is now undergoing structural and people tagging as part of census building.

But while Mega Harbor’s project includes slum upgrade and reclamation, the area is also subject to another project, the coastal road development under the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).

“The coastal road is not Mega Harbor’s project; the road widening which DPWH will undertake that may involve relocation of communities will involve the department but not Mega Harbor,” he said.

He said the coastal road development is a longtime project of DPWH and was planned even before Mega Harbor came in.

The environment group Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) questioned the earlier project because of the lack of consultation with the residents, especially those who will be affected at Isla Verde.

Isla Verde, consisting of 12.3 hectares with an estimated 13,000 resident, is covered by a presidential proclamation signed by then President Joseph Ejercito Estrada, which declared the area as a residential site.
The four-island project will include an international port, industrial and commercial components, residential complex, and a government center.

The first island, comprising 75 hectares stretching from Agdao to Sta. Ana, will include a 5-hectare government center and a port; the second island will be 39.24 ha. for the central business district and shopping center; third will be 59.47 ha. for tourist centers and residential resorts; and the fourth, at 40.89 ha., for township development.

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