Cebu News

Capitol offers to relocate NFA

Le Phyllis F. Antojado-Orillaneda - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines — The Cebu provincial government has offered to relocate the regional office of the National Food Authority (NFA) to recover a prime property the agency currently occupies along Gov. M. Cuenco Avenue in Cebu City.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia, in a meeting with NFA-7 regional director Maria Fe Evasco, offered to transfer the agency’s regional office either in Sudlon, Lahug or at the Department of Agriculture (DA) compound along M. Velez Street in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City.

Garcia said the Capitol will construct the building at no cost to the NFA-7.  The governor said the provincial government will develop the property now occupied by NFA-7 to generate more income for the province.

Evasco said the offer is a “win-win” solution for both the Province and the NFA. She said she will relay the Capitol’s offer to the NFA central office in Manila.

Evasco admitted that their current location is no longer ideal for them considering the heavy traffic in the area. She said they will be adding to the traffic congestion in the area every time they are hauling rice shipment from their storage.

The Capitol has been in the process of recovering and planning to develop the prime properties the provincial government owned to generate more income.

Meanwhile, Garcia said the Capitol and the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Visayas Command are now in the final stage of negotiation to fully recover all the lots under the military reservation.

 “I will not give up any square inch. The Camp Lapu-Lapu, we will develop it together with the private sector to realize even more revenues for the province of Cebu, and further, it might become a city within a city but mind you I will be very very conscious about maintaining, mga greenery centers, like Singapore mao man na, because I will be insisting that portion of that naa gyud tay mga parks,” Garcia said. — FPL (FREEMAN)

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