BOTHERED WITH THE NATURAL PAINS of urbanization, Lapu-Lapu City the capital city of Cebu’s growth frontier – Mactan Island is preparing itself to meet the avalanche of tourists and investments as it becomes the outsiders center of attraction.
Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Paz Radaza made a commitment that the City is not taking the obvious problems for granted especially traffic, as the city and concerned agencies in the government from the local government unit (LGU) to the national level have been alerted and pressured on the prompt resolution of infrastructure and road concerns on the island.
In an interview with Radaza, she said that her office is putting pressure to the DPWH for the immediate implementation of road widening program in the city, specifically those identified as tourism roads.
The lady mayor mentioned that the road network along Punta Engano stretch, as the top priority, as big resort projects as well as other tourism and leisure townships will be opened in the next three years.
She said aside from the existing branded resorts that are already operating in the City, more of this kind of projects are expected to start construction in the near term.
According to the Mayor, Lapu-Lapu City government is responsive of the industry needs, especially in tourism, which is the City’s economic breadwinner.
Aside from fing the infrastructure, the City is also intensifying the implementation of its culture of tourism programs in the communities, to prepare the people of the tourism wealth explosion.
The culture of tourism and livelihood programs are actively mobilized in the remote barangays, including the islet communities that are part of the City’s jurisdiction.
Lately, Lapu-Lapu City has become the darling destination of high-heeled leisure tourists, vacationers, and active retirees to feast their whims in luxurious beaches, Likewise, the enchanting Mactan Island is also the new playground of billionaire investors from all over the world for business expansion and investments.
Lapu-Lapu City’s landscape is expected to change over the short term as more commercial buildings, real estate projects, entertainment joints, retails and other developments have started to sprout in preparation for the opening of the new Mactan International Airport (Terminal 2) in the middle of 2018.
MCIA’s second terminal. which is set to be operational by June 2018, is poised to bring the airport’s capacity from 4.5 million to 12.5 million.
The City is also anticipating the completion of the US$ 341-million integrated resort and casino in Barangay Punta Engano.
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) recently granted Udenna Development Corp., the holding firm for companies engaged in the petroleum, shipping, logistics and real estate, to undertake the project.
According to PAGCOR, this would be Udenna’s first-ever integrated resort casino outside Luzon.
To be called Lapu-Lapu Leisure Mactan, the project will rise on a 12.5 hectare prime beachfront located six kilometers away from the Mactan-Cebu International Airport, with views of the Hilutungan Channel to the south and Magellan Bay to the north.
The master-planned property will feature modern buildings surrounded by greenery and infinity pools, a skydiving center on a pier, commercial retail complex, convention center, luxury hotels, condo hotels, villas and plush private residences.
Lapu-Lapu Leisure Mactan is set to operate in 2019 with projected completion in 2022.
Dennis Uy, Udenna president and chief executive announced that this particular project will open up at least an initial of 800 job vacancies.
Lapu-Lapu City has a total land area of 6,424 hectares,
The city government recently endorsed a resolution to the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) asking the agency to reconsider for funding a road-widening project in Lapu-Lapu City.
Around P17 billion was estimated to be spend on the widening of local roads including the Punta Engano, the Mactan aviation Road and the section from Marigondon to Plantation Bay.
Lapu-Lapu City is located on Mactan Island, where the town of Cordova is located. The city is also connected to Cebu mainland via two bridges – the Marcelo Fernan Bridge and the Mactan-Mandaue Bridge.
Aside from hosting several hotels and resorts, the first-income class city is also a home to export processing zones.
While the City is doing its best to catch up with its high speed growth in urbanization and modernization, it has managed to protect its nostalgic vibe as a historic city, where Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan lost his battle by the warriors of Datu Lapu-Lapu, the sovereign in the land.
Today, not only that this glittering city island is known for its rich heritage and history, but it is also acknowledge by growing number of travel buff around the world as an urban paradise.
The presence of luxurious resort brand makes the Island a well-known sanctuary of even to high-brow tourists across the world.
The Mayor said the best is yet to come for the rising historic City of Cebu Province. Be there when it takes off and fly.