MisOr guv: Companies keen on leasing Capitol compound

Pamela Jay F. Orias

FOUR companies have expressed interest in entering into a Public-Private Partnership (PPP) with the Provincial Government for the 10,000 square meter lot presently occupied by the Misamis Oriental Provincial Jail (MOPJ) and the Provincial Engineer’s compound.

The MOPJ and the Provincial Engineer’s compound are slated to be transferred to Initao and Alubijid towns respectively by midyear.

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Misamis Oriental Governor Yevgeny Vincente Emano Monday, March 20, declined to identify the interested parties with them since the province still lacks the PPP ordinance which is still pending in the Provincial Council.

But Emano said the companies gave “unsolicited proposals.”

“These are big companies that you know already, they are very interested in the Provincial Capitol,” Emano said, when asked what companies are planning to undertake an agreement with the province.

These companies, Emano said, are also interested in the province’s engineering area, just beside the capitol's training center.

Emano, however, clarified they will not sell the property.

“If ever muabot ang PPP ordinance, ang among counter proposal sa ilang (the PPP ordinance gets approved, our counter proposal to their) unsolicited proposal is they can use our area, pero they will build us pud ug (but they will also build us a) provincial jail, if they want to use the capitol, they have to make us a new capitol also,” Emano said.

Board Member Boboy Sabal said the PPP code is on second reading at the Provincial Council and will be approved possibly early next month.

If the ordinance will pass third reading and will be made into an official ordinance, this is the time that interested investors can formally submit their proposals.

Sabal said the government created PPP to assist the local government units since the local government does not have enough funds to finance big projects.

“Ang provincial jail nahimo pa kini atong 1960, wala pay tawo kaayo ato nga time, dili pa commercial ang Cagayan de oro, so security wise pud kinahanglan na gyud (The provincial jail was created in 1960 and the city is still not urbanized and commercialized that time, so security wise, it's time to transfer it),” Sabal added.

To date, the old MOPJ sits on a 5,000 square meter lot in what is now considered prime real estate property, meanwhile, the planned facility in Initao town will be constructed inside a 4-hectare property.