Minglanilla mayoral bet to pursue reclamation project if elected

MINGLANILLA mayoral candidate Rajiv Enad has vowed to pursue the town’s reclamation project that has long been proposed by his running mate, incumbent Mayor Elanito “Lani” Peña, if he would be elected as his town’s mayor come May 9, 2022.The project is targeted to generate thousands of jobs for Minglanillahanons.“(The) estimated employment would reach 74,000. As chairman of the committee on laws, I guarantee that 80 percent we will be able to work on the reclamation project,” Enad, a lawyer, said during their grand rally at the Minglanilla Sports Complex in Barangay Poblacion Ward 1 on Sunday, May 1, 2022.In October last year, Cebu Landmasters Inc. officially broke ground on the construction of a 100- hectare Minglanilla Techno Business Park (Ming-Mori) reclamation project after the developer was able to secure a final notice to proceed from the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA).But on April this year, the project had to be put on hold after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the PRA to stop or delay the approval of reclamation projects in the country, including those in Cebu, due to corruption issues.Aside from the reclamation project in Minglanilla, other reclamation projects in Cebu that were affected included those in Consolacion, Cordova and Talisay City.Enad said he also plans to prioritize the development of tourism ventures in Minglanilla.Enad assured that during during his term, he will implement a “no-one-will-be-left-behind” approach in his governance.Enad’s group, Abante Minglanilla, held the grand rally at 4 p.m. Before the rally, the group had a caravan across town with their supporters.During the People’s Rally, each of the party candidates laid out their goals and objectives for the municipality.Aside from Enad and Peña, also present were members of their slate including incumbent councilors Jaime “Jimmy” Caumeran, Proserpina “Prose” Laput, and Jenny Young and neophyte councilor candidates such as businessman Jay-R dela Calzada, lawyers Samuel “Jong-jong” Adlawan and Jesus “Boyet” Velez and incumbent Association of Barangay Councils president and Barangay Vito chief Jennifer Lariosa.Reelectionist Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia and Cebu First District congressional aspirant Rhea Gullas were also present during the group’s rally.Enad told SunStar Cebu that they were happy with the rally’s turnout.“We didn’t expect that many people would come, that’s why we had to start early. What we wanted to do was just a simple caravan but many Minglanillahanons joined us. It’s strange but a lot of people really joined,” Enad added. (BBT, JKV / TPT)