The hook shaped peninsula that was founded as a town in 1614 and popularly known as Ciudad de Cavite or Cavite City is practically in the state of decomposition, a dying city.
Cavite City, a fourth class city in Cavite province, by road lies 35 kilometer southwest of Manila with the town of Noveleta stands as its border in the south. Bacoor Bay and Canacao Bay, both small parts of Manila Bay encloses Cavite City in the southeast and northeast respectively.
Cavite City is the most prominent place in the province of Cavite some 5 decades ago, with Sangley Point, the US Military base on its helm.
Now, stark poverty creeps in almost all corners of Cavite City. Unemployment is high and the continuing rise of hunger incidence is frightening with crime rate steadily increasing.
No wonder that a great number of children can no longer finish high school much more to pursue higher education. It is hard to imagine that Cavite City, once a premier city, is now a strong candidate vying to become one of the poorest cities in the Philippines.
Back then it was the presence of the US Military Base – Sangley Point that singularly energized business and commerce in Cavite City.
Today the possibility of rejuvenating Cavite City will be anchored on the conversion of Sangley Point as an International Airport and Sea Port.
Nonetheless the possibility of rejuvenating Cavite City through the Sangley Point Conversion Project is still a long shot.
Have you heard of the “Cavite: Vision 2020” which was contained in EO 629 issued in 2007 aiming to convert Sangley Point to an international airport and sea port?
The plans for “Cavite: Vision 2020” was penned by Architect Jun Palafox of Palafox Associates and was finalized late 2000.
Yes, the aforesaid conversion project has languished for nearly six (6) years since EO 629 has been issued and over twelve (12) years since the master plan was finalized.
Just like the LRT Cavite Extension Project that was in the drawing board for over 10 years and until now what we are just getting are pronouncements and endless promise. Even during the 2013 campaign trail, President Aquino himself and Secretary Jun Abaya used the LRT Cavite Extension project as a rallying point going farther that both of them deserves to be crushed by train if their promise did not happen during the time of the president and the secretary.
Nevertheless it will be nice to hear that very recently Governor Jonvic Remulla and Senator Bong Revilla are making noises in behalf of the Sangley Point Conversion Project.
It is also very encouraging to hear that a local consortium, the All-Asia Resources and Reclamation Corporation (ARRC) and their foreign counterparts with Solar Group being the lead local partner is pursuing the project with vigor. In fact they have already sent a letter of intent to undertake the project.
The project if ever it turns into a reality is a very welcome development as the project can easily provide hundreds or perhaps thousands of jobs to Cavitenos. It may signal the revival and rejuvenation of the Cavite City economy and farther accelerate the growth of Cavite province as a whole.
The project will not only lessen unemployment rate in Cavite but will also help in easing the traffic congestion of Metro Manila.
We just hope that the city, provincial and national government will enthusiastically and collectively push for the realization and speedy implementation of the Sangley Point Conversion Project.
It is fervently hope that all concerned Cavitenos will add their voices as well to call on the immediate implementation of this very laudable project.
We sincerely pray that our president will be sensitive to the needs of Cavitenos and help resuscitate the dying city of Cavite.