In a statement made by Mayor Inday Sara Duterte, the city government of Davao has cancelled its joint venture agreement with Mega Harbour Port and Development Corporation as for the Davao Coastline and Development Project
According to the statement, “the decision came after about more that a year of careful review and study of the available documents and after weighing out the intentions of the project against its commercial viability, legal and social implications, and the project’s possible effects to the environment.”
The decision was made in relation to the adverse effects to the environment of the said project.
Some netizens made negative reactions to the said statement.
Jason Gomez wrote, “Tanga ka talaga na mayor ka! You do not allow legitimate projects in our city, yet you allow illegal tiangges, professional squatters and other illegal structures from sprouting like mushrooms all over the city. Look at our sidewalks, illegal vendors earning thousands are everywhere. look at our riversides, ang kapal na ng mga illegal occupants who are making Davao river their personal toilet and garbage dump. TANGA ka talaga Inday Garutay!”
Misha Jacobs also commented, “Without clear CBD, establishments will sprout everywhere causing urban chaos. Mega Harbour could have been a magnet of investments. I wish lgu to be more forward thinking in terms of urban planning/devt.”
It was reported last March 18 that $6 billion is allotted by the Chinese for the Philippines – this in the bag of China’s 3rd Vice Premier Wang Yang during his visit in Davao City on Thursday, March 16, 2017. Mr. Yang’s four-day visit meeting Mr. Duterte and other top Philippine officials and businessmen in Davao covers inspection of Sta. Ana Pier, which is part of the proposed Davao Coastline and Port Development project, and briefing on other proposed projects such as the Davao City Expressway and the Mindanao Railway.
Here is the official statement of Mayor Sarah Duterte as posted in City Government of Davao Facebook page:
STATEMENT BY MAYOR INDAY SARA Z. DUTERTE ON THE TERMINATION OF THE JOINT VENTURE AGREEMENT WITH MEGA HARBOUR
On July 19, 2017, we communicated to Mega Harbour Port and Development Corporation our decision not to proceed with the Davao Coastline and Development Project.
The decision came after about more that a year of careful review and study of the available documents and after weighing out the intentions of the project against its commercial viability, legal and social implications, and the project’s possible effects to the environment.
Our decision to terminate the joint venture agreement is coupled with a resolve that Davao City can really move forward and answer the call of economic growth by implementing highly sustainable projects, both commercially and environmentally.
We understand that there are various legal repercussions ancillary to this decision and the Davao City Government is ready to answer them in the proper forum.
I assure you, all Davaoenos, that in coming up with this decision, the paramount consideration has been your welfare and the future of Davao City.