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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, March 9, 2018
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Capitol seeking clearances
for Hinobaan industrial estate
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN

 

The provincial government of Negros Occidental is seeking clearances from concerned government agencies in the cutting and earth-balling of mangroves and upland trees affected by the development of the industrial estate in Brgy. Bacuyangan, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental.

Board Member Alain Gatuslao, chairperson of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan committee on Laws and Ordinances, said Wednesday that a committee hearing will be held Wednesday next week, to discuss the application of such clearances, among others.

Japanese firm Tsuneishi Heavy Industries is building a $300 million ship recycling facility in Brgy. Bacuyangan, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental.

Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. has requested the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of Negros Occidental for the passage of the proposed resolution granting him authority to apply for an additional Environmental Compliance Certificate and other related clearances from the concerned government agencies for the initial development of the industrial estate in Hinobaan.

Marañon also sought an endorsement to enter into and sign a Foreshore Lease Agreement for foreshore land intended for the alternative port located at Sitio Dalaguet, and miscellaneous lease agreements along the shoreline of Brgy. Asia, all in Hinobaan.

Green Alert Network-Negros Island and its allied non-government and people’s organizations are vehemently opposing the establishment of a ship-recycling facility in Hinobaan town.

Green Alert has claimed that 15,000 mangroves will be cut down to pave the way for the ship recycling project, and corals, sea grasses, and the livelihoods of the community will also be affected.

The provincial government of Negros Occidental has allocated P20 million for the purchase of a 143,163-square meter resettlement area for families affected by the proposed economic zone where the Japanese ship recycling   plant will be built.*GPB

 

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