The Maritime Industry Authority yesterday signed a contract with the Negros Occidental government to use the government-owned land at the Panaad Park in Barangay Mansilingan, for the construction of a P60 million MARINA regional office.
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. signed the Deed of Usufruct with MARINA administrator Maximo Mejia Jr., with ANGKLA Party-list Rep. Jesulito Manalo, and Rep. Leo Rafael Cueva (Neg.Occ., 2nd District) as witnesses at the Provincial Capitol in Bacolod City.
The contract gives MARINA the legal right to utilize the 2,000 square-meter lot for the construction of the MARINA Regional Office and other structures necessary for its operation.
The deed also grants MARINA 50 years to use the provincial government property and is renewable for another 50 years, subject to agreement between both parties.
Mejia said the building of the MARINA regional office will help them bring their services directly to Negrense seafarers, reducing their transportation cost since seafarers will not have to go to Manila to avail of the maritime services.
Marañon said the province is privileged to have this facility, especially because of the employment potential, adding that it's like bringing the government to the people.
Manalo said the construction of the regional center will be a great help for MARINA to decentralize its activities and make the documentation requirements more convenient and easier for all the seafarers in the Negros Island.
The Philippines is the 4th largest ship building nation in the world and Negros Island has great potential in putting up the largest ship building region in the country, Mejia said.
MARINA records show that there are 15,000 seafarers from Negros Island.*SGG
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