EXCLUSIVE: Iloilo City unveils capital land reclamation plan

Iloilo City Government is proposing a capital land reclamation project to further boost the city’s economic growth, create jobs and attract more investors and businesses.

Iloilo City Government photo

The project in Iloilo is inspired by the Dubai reclamation project that Mayor Jerry Treñas visited recently.

With reclamation, you can have a well-planned development. More economic activities, more employment opportunities, and it will mean the city becomes more attractive,” Treñas said.

The proposed land reclamation program, which will be both for commercial and residential purposes, is about 300 hectares along Iloilo Strait starting from Fort San Pedro (front of NEDA Office) in City Proper.

Another reclamation scheme is also being proposed in La Paz area but purely for industrial use.

We need it. Bacolod and Cebu have done it. Manila is doing it right now. We need to have more land for development,” added Treñas.

With these projects, Iloilo City will be more attractive to investors, the Government said.

Regarding the environmental issues related to the project, the Mayor said that all reclamation plans will have to go through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.