Mayor Joseph Estrada on Thursday said the construction of Solar City, a multi-billion state-of-the-art green urban center in Manila Bay, will provide thousands of jobs and bring the city government additional revenues.
The Solar City reclamation project will start soon since President Rodrigo Duterte has given his nod to the creation of a tourism, commercial and residential district along Manila Bay.
Estrada said the city government is almost done processing the documentary requirements and clearances of Manila Goldcoast Development Corp. (MGDC), which won the contract in 1991.
“This will provide thousands of jobs and economic opportunities for Manileños, aside from the billions of pesos of tax revenues the city government will be able to collect,” Estrada said.
The mayor gave assurances that the project will not hide or cover Manila Bay’s famous sunset.
The reclamation project entails the creation of three islands with total land area of 148 hectares.
Designed to be green, self-sustaining and innovative, Solar City will be the first of its kind in using renewable energy from solar, wind, and biomass sources.
Designers of Solar City envision dedicated walkways and a monorail system to reduce the need for cars and bring tourists and visitors around hotels and convention centers. An artificial beach aims to make Manila the “Dubai of Southeast Asia.”
“This will also be a big boost to our tourism industry, cementing our city’s place in the world map of most favored tourist destinations,” Estrada said. Jim Pilapil