Fisherfolk, officials and residents of coastal barangays express their concerns and suggestions about the proposed Smart City Project during the continuing information drive and consultation of the City’s executive department to gather the various views and perspectives on the project.
Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo clarified that the proponents of the Smart City Project would take into consideration the suggestions and perspectives of the stakeholders so that the final detailed plan and engineering design of the project will cause minimum disruption to the environment and avoid the displacement of the fisherfolk.
While fisherfolk can continue with their traditional trade, they and members of their families may also be trained by TESDA to acquire and improve their skills for other jobs that will be made available if the project is approved for implementation so they can earn more for their families.
Locals will always be a priority in the hiring of workers and contractors for reasons of practicality, to be consistent with the laws and shall be mandated in the project contract between EM Cuerpo and City Government.
More forums and consultations will be made in the coming days with other batches of fisherfolk associations, coastal communities and other stakeholders to discuss the proposed Smart City Project so that their suggestions will be considered during review by the approving national agencies.