The local government unit of Maribojoc assured over 130 families living along the town’s shoreline that they will be transferred to a relocation site once rehabilitation of the municipality’s quake-hit pier starts.
According to Mayor Mer Arocha, the national government allocated a fund for the pier construction prompting the LGU to provide lots for temporary settlers near the port area.
Arocha said that the LGU is also planning to build houses for the families at the relocation site in Barangay Lincod.
Meanwhile, rehabilitation of the port which was severely damaged by the 2013 earthquake is expected to start within the year.
Cabinet Sec. Leoncio Evasco Jr., the town’s former mayor, spearheaded efforts to expedite the project’s implementation.
According to Arocha, a P-600 million budget was allocated for the rehabilitation project while P30 million was earmarked for the widening of roads leading to the pier.
The port’s repair and improvement is projected to ease congestion at the adjacent Tagbilaran City pier as it may also cater to large vessels carrying large container vans. (A. Doydora)