Thursday, August 28, 2008

Bong Revilla Sangley dreaming

bong_revilla_12 Casinos, hospitals, hotels, call center offices and even a bowling alley, but no nightclubs, please.

A reemergence of recreational establishments and job opportunities is what former Sen. Ramon Revilla, chair of the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), sees when a P200-billion international logistics hub rises in the former US naval base at Sangley Point in Cavite City.

“This is a longtime dream for Caviteños,” Revilla, now 81, said in an interview with the Inquirer at his house in Bacoor town in Cavite.

The Sangley Point Development Project can lead to various business establishments, he said, “but not the nightclubs that proliferated in the city before.”

Used by the American military since 1898 as a ship repair facility and berthing area before turning it over to the Armed Forces of the Philippines in 1971, Sangley Point is to be developed with three main components:

A 2,000-hectare reclamation project for export processing zones, industrial, commercial, military, institutional and tourism facilities.

An international seaport and container terminal for transporting passengers, cargoes and other finished products to industrial estates in Southern Luzon, and for serving the needs of an international logistics hub.

A modern international airport that will decongest the Ninoy Aquino International Airport and make international travel in Cavite more accessible.

“Once completed, it is expected to be Asia’s envy, rivaling existing hubs in Hong Kong and Singapore,” the actor-turned-politician said in a press statement.

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