Bacolod City Lone District Rep. Evelio R. Leonardia, senior vice chairman of the House Committee on Transportation said that they are concerned about the plight of more or less a thousand families who will be possibly displaced should the port development project being proposed by the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) in Negros Occidental particularly the Banago port pushes through.
“We are not against development but we should not also leave the people who are facing possible displacement in the name of development,” he said.
During his term as Mayor of Bacolod, this issue is already pending thus they also consulted the affected families in Barangay Banago and their barangay officials.
But now, many Barangay officials were surprised that the proposal was approved by the City Development Council (CDC) and PPA also requested a Port Zone Delineation (PDZ) from the Sangguniang Panlungsod of Bacolod.
The House Committee on Urban Housing and Development chaired by 3rd District Rep. Abelardo Alfredo “Albee” B. Benitez with his committee members Leonardia, Rep. Stephen Paduano, Abang Lingkod Partylist; Cong. Barry Guttierez, AKBAYAN Partylist and Cong. Rodel Batocabe, AKO BICOL Partylist conducted a consultation to the people of Banago and a site inspection at the Banago port and to the relocation site of the city last July 2, 2014.
They want to ensure the welfare of the people with the proposed development of Banago Port.IMT