THE Department of
Transportation (DOTr) and
the Local Government Unit
(LGU) of Consolacion, Cebu
are working closely so the
construction of Cebu International Container Port
(CICP) will start in the first
quarter of 2021.
The Korean Government
has approved the P10 billion
loan for the Philippine Government two years ago when
President Rodrigo Duterte was in a state visit in that
However, the project
cannot be implemented yet
due to maneuvering by some
politicians and vested interest group.
Late last year, DOTr
asked the help of Consolacion
LGU in releasing the Philippine counter-part fund in the
amount of US$43 million.
The Department of Finance
(DOF) immediately released
it through the intercession of
Consolacion Vice Mayor Teresa “Nene” Pepito Alegado and
her son, Consolacion Mayor
Joaness “Joyjoy” Alegado.
Alegado said the counterpart fund is for the payment
to Korean consultants for the
container port project.
“The thing is already going through. The Korean consultants (for the project) have
arrived so with the Filipino
implementor who will inspect
the project site, bringing with
them their equipment,” Alegado said.
She said that being the
host municipality, they readily helped the DOTr officials in
“The National Government and DOTr officials are
happy with our cooperation
and readiness to help them in
implementing the project. In
fact, the DOTr also requested
us to help then in the acquisition of road-right-of-way,”
The Municipal Council
passed a resolution informing DOTr that Consolacion
is ready to assist, in any
way, on how they can fasttrack the realization of the
project. The resolution was
brought to the DOTr in Manila through Project Engineer Nonoy dela Cruz.
In response, the DOTr
drafted a memorandum of
agreement (MOA) that DOTr
will download the fund for the
road-right-of-way for the Consolacion LGU to implement.
“We will start negotiating for the road-right-of-way
once the money will already
be downloaded to the LGU, although we will use the guidelines of DPWH (Department
of Public Works and Highways),” Alegado said.
Although it is a DOTr project, the end-user is the Cebu
Port Authority (CPA) which is
presently operating the Cebu
International Port (CIP).
Earlier, the late CPA General Manager Angelo Verdan
said that once the CICP will
be operational, the CIP will be
converted into a cruise ship
port and a business district.
ELIAS O. BAQUERO