The Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC), builder of the 8.5-kilometer Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) Project, turned over early today livelihood assistance to eight fisherfolk organizations in Cebu City.

The officers of the fishermen groups received sacks of rice for their “Bigasan ng Bayan” and marine engines in the presence of City Councilor Philip Zafra, chairperson of the City Council’s Committee on Agriculture, and City Agriculture Office Head Joelito Baclayon.

The assistance program “Panginabuhian Para Sa Kalamboan,” is in line with the company’s Social Development Framework Plan and Corporate Social Responsibility program for the CCLEX project.

ASSISTANCE. The Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation turns over sacks of rice for their “Bigasan ng Bayan” and marine engines to officers of the fishermen groups.

Six fisherfolk organizations received sacks of rice and other materials for their “Bigasan ng Bayan.” The beneficiaries are Panaghugpong sa mga Mananagat sa Dakbayan sa Sugbo, Pardohanon Pundok Kabus Mananagat, Panaghugpong Alang sa Sanag nga Ugma sa mga Lumulupyo, Alaska Fisherfolk Association, Pasil Fisherfolk Association, and Mambaliing Fisherfolk Association.

Two other fisherfolk organizations received several marine engines. These are Ermita Fisherfolk Association, and Lawis Target Beneficiaries Fisherfolk Association.

The livelihood assistance provided was based on the project proposal submitted by the fishermen organizations of the Cebu City Highly Urbanized City Agricultural and Fisheries Council.

CCLEC hopes that the livelihood projects can also serve as a recovery program to help the fishermen earn additional income amidst the difficulties brought by the COVID-19 pandemic.

CCLEC is undertaking the CCLEX project under a joint venture agreement with the local government units of Cebu City and Cordova. CCLEX will connect mainland Cebu from Cebu City to the Municipality of Cordova in Mactan Island.

Set to be a new landmark in the country, the expressway will have two lanes in each direction that will provide a safe, quick and scenic passage to an estimated 50,000 vehicles daily, easing the traffic in the existing Marcelo Fernan Bridge and the Mandaue-Mactan

Bridge. CCLEX has a design speed of 80 kilometers per hour (kph) and a navigational clearance or height of 51 meters so as to allow large vessels to pass underneath the bridge.

Not only is CCLEX seen to reduce traffic and make traveling more convenient but also spur trade activities and open greater economic opportunities for Cebu and the rest of the Visayas region.

CCLEC is a subsidiary company of MPTC, the toll road arm of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation (MPIC), a publicly listed infrastructure holding company and is a member of the MVP Group of Companies.

MPTC is the largest toll road concessionaire and operator in the Philippines, which expansion goals include establishing toll operations in the Visayas, other parts of the Philippines, and in neighboring countries notably Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.