The Bacolod City government will own 19.1 hectares at the Reclamation Area in Bacolod City that will include the public port, once the Philippine Reclamation Authority transfers the titles of the property to the city.
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said the PRA has informed him that it will convey to the city 29 titles involving 19.1 hectares at the area.
This include the port area of 4.2 hectares where the public port being operated by the Bacolod Real Estate Development Corporation is, he said.
“This development will have an impact on the pending case of the city on the Takeover Ordinance now pending in court,” he added.
Leonardia said, “We believe this will strengthen the position of the city as far as the Takeover Ordinance is concerned, because the titles will be transferred in the name of the city.
City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan said City Administrator Rogelio Balo has been following up the matter with the PRA since 2007, reminding them to deliver the titles pertaining to the city.
In March 1995, the city entered into a Comprehensive Revised Reclamation Agreement with BREDCO providing the whole apron of the port should be titled in the name of Bacolod City, he said.
Five years later, a tripartite agreement was entered into by BREDCO, Bacolod City and the PRA retaining what was agreed in the CRRA that the port will be owned by the city.
Bayatan said that because the mayor is very active in trying to improve the city, he wants Bacolod to have a port of its own.
He said that, out of the 19.1, 15 hectares involves all roads leading to the public port and this is covered by the CRRA and tripartite agreement.
The significance of the transfer of the property is that, aside from getting about 15 hectares composed of roads, about 4.2 hectares comprise the port, he added.
Bayatan said they are aware that the Reclamation project is a continuing project since there are still many things to be done and they will coordinate with the PRA on the matter.
Under the CRRA the mayor is empowered to create a monitoring committee to hasten the completion of the Reclamation, he said.
Bayatan said that, under the MOA between the PRA, BREDCO and the city, the developer (BREDCO) will get 52.50 percent or 56.83 hectares, while the government’s (PRA/city) share will be 47.50 percent.
Of the total gross project area, the city is assured of a 30 percent share which include the port, roads and open spaces, he said.
Under the CRRA the city will get 10 percent of the net area which excludes the road while under the tripartite agreement, the city will get 10 percent of the net area after considering the roads, Bayatan said. This is one of the matters that needs to be reconciled, he said.
Under the CRRA, BREDCO is bound to deliver the port to the city, he said,. PRA took cognizance of the CRRA that the city should own the port.
The port is now owned by the City of Bacolod as confirmed by the issuance of the titles, he added.
Meanwhile, Leonardia said the deed of conveyance will be given to the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod and they would like to appeal to the vice mayor and SP members to expedite the matter because they have waited for this for so long and they do not want to delay it any further.
They are also thanking PRA , through its chairman, Peter Anthony Abaya, he said and gave credit to Bayatan and his group for following up the matter with the PRA in Manila after a series of meetings.*CGS