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Consolacion port part of build, build, build: Alegado

THE Cebu International Container Port (CICP) to be built in Tayud, Consolacion, Cebu is part of the “Build, Build, Build” projects of President Rodrigo Duterte which must be completed before his term ends by the first quarter of 2022.

Consolacion Vice Mayor Teresa Alegado told Cebu Business Week that the administration of his son, Consolacion Mayor Joaness “Joyjoy” Alegado is providing an office for the CICP Korean consultants and Department of Transportation (DOTr) at the municipal hall.

The CICP is funded in the amount of P10 billion from the soft loan under the Overseas Development Assistance (ODA) of the Korean Government.

The DOTr is the implementer and the end-user is the Cebu Port Authority (CPA) which has the authority over all ports in Cebu based on the law authored by the late Rep. Raul V. Del Mar.

Alegado said DOTr officials sought the assistance of Consolacion Local Government Unit (LGU) because they found it practical since the local officials know the people in the community, and they can assist.

Alegado said that lately, DOTr informed the LGU that another P5 million will be downloaded to the municipal coffer because Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade wants to speed up the completion of the project before President Duterte will step down on June 30, 2022.

She said that this is also a training ground for the LGU not only on governance, but on how to implement infrastructure projects.

Alegado also said that Implementing the Build, Build, Build projects of the Duterte administration is also one way of reviving the economy which was strong before the country was hit by Corona Virus Disease (Covid-19) pandemic.

Alegado said that by assisting DOTr in implementing the CICP project, the national government will give Consolacion the opportunity to identify residents who can work on it. Several skilled and unskilled workers lost their jobs because of the pandemic.

“It will give employment to the person especially that in times of pandemic, unemployment is at its worst. The affordability of the needs of the people is a problem. It is sad to know that while the people have low income or no income at all, prices of daily needs went high,” Alegado said.

The government has no more funds for food or financial assistance locally called “ayuda.” ELIAS O. BAQUERO