Governor Hilario P. Davide III believes the continued support from all stakeholders will help achieve the Mega Cebu 2050 vision of a “more progressive and happier place to live in.”
The governor said this after an interaction with the representatives of Japan Embassy, Japan International Cooperation Ageny (JICA), and the national media held at the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI) building in Cebu City last March 9.
Both Gov. Davide and RAFI President Roberto Aboitiz said Cebu enjoys support from the national government, local government units, civic society groups, and international agencies. There are also commitments to the flagship projects recommended by the JICA-funded roadmap study for sustainable urban development in Metro Cebu.
“We have seen support from the national government…,the issue is government requires a lot of time to get things done,” Aboitiz said.
Aboitiz further stated that “somewhere in the line of 2018 or 2019 or 2020, you’re going to see the effects already beginning to roll out.”
Gov. Davide is the chair of MCDCB while Aboitiz is the co-chair representing the private sector.
Among the 10 flagship projects that are being eyed to be completed in a short period is the Cebu Integrated Flood and Drainage Master Plan study and the feasibility study on Sea Gateway Port Construction.
The drainage master plan study was started last January. Engr. Jun Sanchez, subcommittee chair on infrastructure and utilities, said there are already initial findings in the study. MCDCB also requested to address first the most flooded areas like the Subangdako area in Mandaue City.
“Ni request sad ang MCDCB ugmga priority areas nga kana bitawngwalayproblema sa right of way nya dili kaayo problema pag construct, para makita nato dayun ang improvement sa flooding sa Cebu at least in one or two areas,” he said.
Also included in the 10 flagship projects are the master plan study and feasibility study on mass transit network development, solid waste management master plan and the constructions of north dual-mode bridge, Mananga dam II, and septage plants.
Gov. Davide also said that he was happy to announce that the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) has endorsed to the Department of Foreign Affairs the Capitol’s proposal for JICA to craft another master plan for Cebu Province. This time it covers the local government units outside the Metro Cebu.
Davide added that the proposed bill creating the Metro Cebu Development Authority was already filed in Congress. However, it was still pending at the committee level when it was overtaken by the adjournment of Congress. Gov. Davide said it will be re-filed when Congress resumes session.
Because of their Visayan roots, Senators TeofistoGuingona and Sergio Osmeña III were considered to be the sponsors of the proposed bill in the senate.