CEBU CITY – The 100-hectare reclamation project in Minglanilla town, 15-kilometers south of this city, is finally pushing through after obtaining an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).
In a stock exchange disclosure over the weekend, project developer Cebu Landmasters Inc. (CLI) announced the ECC was issued in favor of the project last July 22 following a comprehensive two-year review.
Dubbed as Ming-Mori Techno Business Park, the project is a joint venture between the local government of Minglanilla and private consortium partners Ming-Mori Development Corp. (MMDC), an affiliate of publicly listed CLI.
It is envisioning a world-class estate that will generate over 75,000 jobs in the municipality.
The development will now be subject to the approval process of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) after the issuance of the ECC, one of the major prerequisites and milestones of a reclamation project.
“We hope to achieve the best balance among economic, social, and sustainability goals and are pleased that our plans, which have been aligned to that ideal, passed the test of public hearings and DENR’s stringent review process,” Jose Soberano III, CLI chairman, and CEO said.
Mayor Elanito Peña of Minglanilla said, “the grant of the ECC has brought us closer to the materialization of the reclamation project which will propel the municipality of Minglanilla to higher heights and cements its role as a major economic player in the province of Cebu”.
“The development project will not just modernize the landscape of Minglanilla but will also create immeasurable socio-economic opportunities to all people, not just for the Minglanillahanons,” Peña added.
Following a memorandum of agreement between the municipality of Minglanilla and MMDC in 2013, CLI was appointed in 2015 to tap a roster of consultants with a track record in similar projects to create detailed design and engineering plans, feasibility and environmental studies.
In 2016, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the PRA and the municipal government with Ming-Mori as its private consortium partner.
Soberano said that in addition to housing light industrial facilities, the future mixed-use township will also bring residential and commercial properties.
“The Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic has shown us that well-planned communities that offer growth prospects alongside safety and security for employees and residents are the way to go. This township’s residents will have access to those benefits and more,” he explained.
The Ming-Mori Techno Business Park will be CLI’s third estate project. Land development of the 22-hectare Davao Global township is ongoing while its planned township in Cagayan de Oro is undergoing approvals.
CLI said more township projects are underway in the cities of Mandaue, Tagbilaran, Cagayan de Oro, and Bacolod City. (PNA)