The City Government and the 8th Infantry Division (8ID), represented by City Mayor Coefredo T. Uy and  8ID Commanding General Major General Mario F. Chan respectively, signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) last September 22, 2011 at the Sangguniang Panlungsod to facilitate the retention and expansion of Camp Vicente Lukban in Catbalogan City.

Both parties have agreed to retain Camp Lukban or 8ID in its present site in Brgy. Maulong with plans to expand its base to seventy (70) more hectares located in the camp’s adjacent area, to be used as additional training facility for soldiers. City Vice Mayor Art Sherwin had described the agreement as mutually beneficial as it will bring added income for the city.

The MOA to ensure Camp Lukban’s stay in Catbalogan City stemmed from previous moves to transfer its facility to Sta. Rita, a municipality 13 kilometers from the capital. Although the said move was approved and preparations made in 2010, the plans were stopped due to a resolution passed by the City Council last March of this year. The preferrence for Catbalogan City as the site of Camp Lukban has to do with the accessibility of resources making it more convenient to perform important transactions. The strategic location will also make it easier for them to respond to security threats and answer problems concerning the transport of supplies and other logistics.

Aside from the enhanced security that the project can bring to the locality, the city is also looking at an opportunity to boost local economy. Both the current and soon-to-be added facilities will have a total administrative and operational cost equivalent to the Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA) of a sixth class city. This is expected to create additional employment as well as more income for the local business sector.



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