3rd Quarter 2021
Minglanilla Techno Business Park to be Developed at the Islands of Mega Cebu
September 27, 2021
The Minglanilla Techno Business Park (Ming-mori) is a project under the Ming-mori Development Corporation, a subsidiary of Cebu Landmasters Inc (CLI). The park is envisioned as a platform for innovation, programmed for diversity and a model for sustainability. Due to the lack of developable land for growth, be it below the mountain ridge of Cebu province or on urbanised lowlands along the coast, the proposed mixed-use development will add developable land for the Municipality of Minglanilla by the reclamation of two islands over an area spanning 100 hectares.
Ming-mori’s mixed-use (institutional, industrial, commercial, and residential) development will feature the preservation of existing mangrove and its transformation into a 5-hectare central park—the largest urban nature park in the region. These islands will also highlight a continuous 4.4-kilometre waterfront promenade that stitches together the public realm comprising plazas, parks, floating seaside recreation platforms and tidal pools.
Ming-mori’s specific phasing strategy proposes to develop the islands in stages in providing an adequate balance of the mixed functions, thus creating a vibrant community on the outset and optimising land values in the latter stages. In the initial stages, interim programmes will be introduced upon land that is earmarked for future development, to be used as a public park with activities that can increase visitors and enhance the branding of the place.
Environmental and community vision
The core values guiding Ming-mori’s urban design approach aims to be in line with environmental stewardship and improving the community’s quality of life. As the various activities are positioned to attract talent as well as celebrate Cebuano’s culture of living by the sea, the infrastructure is designed to adapt and mitigate the frequency of typhoons and rising sea levels. Another vision of the development is to reduce the islands’ reliance on city infrastructure, specifically regarding water. Among the direct impacts of the urban design are:
- The preservation and enhancement of the existing mangrove, therefore reducing disturbance on the natural habitats;
- The improvement of Minglanilla’s infrastructure to ease access and connectivity, as well as to uplift the quality of life within the project site and its adjacent urbanised areas;
- The advancement of social and economic development by establishing an investment-friendly ecosystem to create job opportunities, upgrade skills of the local community, and attract experts.
Implementation within the Mega Cebu Roadmap
Ming-mori is developed within the broader context of the Mega Cebu vision. At a regional level, the Mega Cebu 2050 Roadmap by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) will expand the existing metro boundary to the north and south. At its centre, the Cebu Metropolitan Area or Metro Cebu (the second-largest in the country after Metro Manila) will be complemented with future urban centres to the north and south. Ming-mori itself will be a key catalyst of the southern urban centre. The Mega Cebu Roadmap is also supported with future highways and roads connecting the three centres, namely the expansion of the Cebu South Road (the National Highway); the proposed Metro Cebu Expressway (at the foothills); and the Talisay-Naga Coastal Road (where Ming-mori is in the middle of this road segment).
Ming-mori received an Environmental Compliance Certificate (ECC) approval from the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) in July 2020. In June 2021, the Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA), the Municipality of Minglanilla, and the client/developer signed a Memorandum of Agreement that signalled the public and private partnership to proceed with the land reclamation in the first quarter of 2022.