Soliven seeks turnover of SPDA Vitali Fishpond Estate to city PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 02 July 2015 11:36

The SPDA property  located in Zamboanga City has long been a contentious issue.

The vast SPDA Vitali Fishpond Estate is now lying idle since 1994, depriving the community of Vitali of its productive use .

RDC IX  Economic Development Chair Pocholo N. Soliven sponsored Resolution No. IX-022-15 addressed to the Office of the President through  the Regional Development Council IX asking for the proposed turnover of the Vitali Fishpond Estate Ownership to Zamboanga City. The resolution was carried unanimously during the 151st RDC IX regular quarterly meeting held at the Centro Latino, this city.

The Vitali Fishpond Estate is among the properties of the Southern Philippines Development Authority(SPDA) which used to be productive and an active contributor to the development of the host community in Zamboanga City.

The operation of SPDA was reactivated on August 22, 2006, however it was noted that SPDA failed to revive the fishpond estate.

The Zamboanga City Council  has passed Resolution No. 1127 in 2002 authorizing the late City Mayor Ma. Clara Lobregat to negotiate with head of the SPDA Deactivation Task Force  on certain properties of SPDA that are found in Zamboanga City. In 2014, another Sangguniang Resolution No. 1025 was passed relative to the issue of the SPDA Property,however nothing positive came out of these initiatives.

Soliven said the transfer of the said SPDA property to Zamboanga City is expected to invigorate the fish pond estate operation, will generate employment and  activate income opportunities that will revive the once robust aqua culture production.

He said it will also maximize the full use of the Sangali Fishing Port facilities, which are also having problems in its operation due to the decline of production in aqua culture sector. It will also reinforce our positioning as the Agri -Mari Culture Corridor of the Philippines, Soliven said. — Robert C. Francisco