Davide creates trans-axial team

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Saturday, February 15, 2014

CEBU Gov. Hilario Davide III yesterday created a technical working committee (TWC) on the trans-axial highway project to move the project and attract foreign partners.

The project is estimated to cost P56 billion.

Davide is eyeing a public-private partnership to fund the project on a build-operate-transfer scheme, TWC chair Engr. Edgar Sibonga said.


The project has numerous components, such as reclamation areas, economic zones and seaports.

Davide will leave for Japan next week to promote the project. He has been invited by the Saitama Prefecture.

In a meeting yesterday at Capitol, Davide appointed Sibonga as TWC chair and named his members. They are representatives from Provincial Engineering Office (PEO), Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO), Provincial Assessor (PA) and Provincial Legal Office (PLO).

Davide also appointed representatives from the private sector: Engr. Arnold Fabillar from Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (Rafi), Engr. Ernie Delco from MCWD; realtor Tomasito Academia; Rebecca Alburo, former head of Capitol tax mapping; and Braddy Lucero, stakeholders and relations consultant.

Santander to Daanbantayan

The Cebu Trans-axial Highway project, the dream of the late Vice Gov. Greg Sanchez, is a 300-km. highway from Barangay Poblacion, Santander in the south to Barangay Maya, Daanbantayan in the north.

This will cut travel time from Daanbantayan to Santander to two hours, said PB Member Grecilda Sanchez-Zaballero, Sanchez’s daughter.

PB Member Sanchez said the 220-kilometer length of the highway is already open and passable. Only the 80-kilometer stretch is yet to be opened.


She said that in addition to the trans-axial highway component, other components are the seven-kilometer-long seaports, the Talisay-Minglanilla-Naga 550-hectare reclamation and four economic zones in Cebu’s fourth, fifth, third and second districts.

Also, the project will develop water resource areas, and wind and solar power farms.

Sibonga said these will be done in phases.

TWC’s role now is to prepare a detailed program of work, gather information about the project and lay down the activities for acquisition of road-right-of-way, said Sibonga.


Also, the TWC will update the project estimates since figures were gathered in 2008 yet.

That year, when the project got stalled, the total cost package is P56 billion, and P17 billion of that is the trans-axial highway, said Sibonga.

Sibonga estimated an increase of more than 10 percent in the cost today.

Engr. Shemer Pagusara, Trans-axial Highway Project focal person, recalled that their budget allocation last Feb. 8, 2008 was cut and the project stopped.

Of this year’s Capitol budget, P10 million is earmarked for the Cebu Trans-axial Development Project. The amount is part of Capitol’s P407 million annual investments plan.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 16, 2014.

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