IF PLANS go well, a 20-hectare reclamation project will be implemented at the Isla de Oro islet and its nearby areas under a build-operate-transfer (BOT) scheme.

During his weekly radio program where he bared some of the City Government’s thrusts and top priorities, Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano pushed for the implementation of the Isla de Oro reclamation project as he feared that the water emanating from the Cagayan de Oro River became stagnant and posed health hazards to residents in the area.

The river, which separates the islet and the mainland, stopped flowing after its mouth upstream was blocked by the ongoing construction of the riverbank project.

The riverbank protection project was started by former Mayor Constantino Jaraula, which formed part of his conceptualization of the “Golden Mile” riverbank development project.

If left unattended, Emano said the murky and foul-odor water from the river will become a breeding ground for dengue-carrying mosquitoes.

With this, Mayor Emano is calling on local and foreign investors to finance the reclamation project.

He suggested that the percentage of the profit-sharing scheme should be 45 percent for the City Government and 55 percent for the proponent.

During his nine years as a mayor from 1998 to 2007, Emano had implemented multi-million infrastructure projects in Cagayan de Oro under BOT scheme. These include the construction of the city’s two biggest public markets — Cogon and Carmen.

Aside from pursuing the reclamation project, the City Government will also implement the river dredging operation in an effort to lessen the accumulation of siltation at the Cagayan de Oro River.

It has been observed that the Cagayan de Oro River usually overflows whenever continuous downpour occurs due to heavy siltation that caused its water to shallow.

At the same time, Emano assured the public that he will continue the implementation of infrastructure projects which were started under the administration of former mayor Jaraula.

“That’s why I hired him (Jaraula) as a P1-a-year consultant because I want to work with him in running the affairs of the city even though he’s now enjoying a private life,” Emano said.

Among the notable ongoing priority projects of the previous administration include the four-storey, P170-million City Hall Legislative and Administrative Building; the P15-million New City Amphitheater; riverbank protection; drainage system; among others. (CIO)

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