New 550-hectare economic zone eyed in southern Cebu

CEBU CITY, Feb. 26 (PNA) — The Cebu Provincial Government is planning to develop a new 550-hectare economic zone in southern Cebu to decongest the province’s urban areas.

The Cebu Provincial Development Council (PDC), headed by Gov. Hilario Davide III, has endorsed the proposed economic zone to the Regional Development Council (RDC) 7 a feasibility study.

An international port, an ocean park and a light industrial zone are among the proposed areas of the economic zone, which will support the growth of “other developing municipalities and cities” in Cebu, the PDC said in its resolution.

The proposed new economic zone will be in Naga City, Minglanilla and Talisay City, all in southern Cebu.

Engineer Edgar Sibonga, provincial consultant on infrastructure programs, said the proposed economic zone will solve the “need to decongest highly urbanized areas.”

The proposed economic zone will include a commercial zone of 209 hectares and a light industrial zone of 218 hectares.

Also included is a 40-hectare international port with a berthing space of seven kilometers, a 55-hectare ocean park, a 15-hectare marina and a 13-hectare probiotic demo farm.

The new international port in the proposed economic zone is expected to decongest the existing Cebu International Port in Cebu City. (PNA)