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Residential, commercial complex to also rise in Balamban
By: Vanessa Almeda | Published Tuesday, November 10, 2020
Aside from the provincial government center, Gov. Gwen Garcia revealed that a residential and commercial complex will be built in Balamban town as well. (Lito Tecson)

A thriving community will rise in the Municipality of Balamban as Cebu Province envisions the transfer of the executive and legislative offices soon.

Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said a residential area will be built in the town to accommodate employees who will be relocating to this western part of the province.

She said the housing facility will be in partnership with Pag-ibig Home Mutual Fund or Pag-Ibig.

“So it will be an entire community supported by all the needed services for that community to thrive,” Garcia said.

Aside from housing, the Province is looking into building a commercial complex in partnership with the private sector. 

Garcia said that the Province had been successful in its public-private partnership citing the Filinvest project in the former Bagong Buhay Rehabilitation Center (BBRC) facility which is now a thriving commercial building. 

“You know how we have been. We have met considerable success in partnering with the private sector. For example kanang atong build transfer operate nga Filinvest project. We now own two buildings there and collecting rent and percentage of revenues,” the governor said.

“That is the way I am looking at developing the commercial center,” she added. 

Aside from these, the Capitol is also looking at the economic activity that will be created with the entry of more schools and other businesses in the western Cebu.

Garcia is pushing for the de-urbanization of Cebu through countryside development which she coined as the Enhanced Community Development (ECD).

“This is going to be attractive to would-be investors because they will have the entire Province for their potential market, not just our own community,” she added.

Garcia said she is also planning to accommodate a portion of the provincial government center for national government line agencies so users will have easier access to other government services.

The Capitol is proposing for the acquisition and development of a property in Balamban in the amount of P550 million under the 2021 budget.  (Vanessa L. Almeda)