Guv to MCDCB: The solution is rural development

Governor Hilario P. Davide III believes the solution to an overpopulated urban area is economic activities in the countryside.

“I am convinced that the way to make metro Cebu a more livable place is to encourage a vibrant and dynamic economy outside of metro Cebu,” he said.

The governor brought this to the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB) workshop at the Capitol last Thursday, April 10. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) presented the interim report on the Roadmap Study for Sustainable Urban Development in Metro Cebu.

The MCDCB is trying to address problems on critical shortages of water, solid waste disposal system, traffic congestion and road networks.

The governor said that with the rapid population growth, infrastructure projects alone cannot solve the problems. “The more effective solution is to diffuse the population,” said Gov. Davide, chair of the MCDCB.

MCDCB was confined to address the concerns of the 7 cities and 6 towns in the metro area. However, the participants of the workshop echoed the governor’s suggestion.

JICA Team Leader Dr. Katsuhige Nagayama said these inputs will be considered. He also stated that the Trans-axial highway should also be further discussed.

JICA worked with MCDCB on the study. JICA also assigned the city of Yokohama to work with JICA for the MCDCB.

MCDCB identified four infrastructure sectors as key sectors for the materialization of the Mega Cebu Vision 2050. These are improvement of public transport system, enhancement of road network, solid waste management and water-related management.

Toru Hashimoto, director of International Technical Cooperation Division of the city of Yokohama said the MCDCB should focus on the key priority projects so that it can succeed in its vision. “If you try to address all the identified problems you end up not doing much,” he said.

Hashimoto believes Cebu can succeed like Yokohama, which is in the same position 30 years ago. Xerxes Alkuino