Speech of Hilario P. Davide III at the Our Cebu Program Awarding Ceremonies 2015

Hilario P. Davide III
Governor of the Province of Cebu
at the Our Cebu Program Awarding Ceremonies

December 29, 2015
Social Hall, Capitol Building, Cebu City

6 years ago, Our Cebu Program was conceived in partnership with Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. where Cebu was envisioned to become a model province. An ideal place to live, play, work, invest and do business. A better place to be, not just for us, but for the future Cebuanos.

Since then, Our Cebu Program continues to change paradigms of local governance. It has engaged local government units to work towards the vision of a wholesome, advanced, vibrant, equitable and sustainable Cebu.

At the top of our agenda is to attain inclusive, participatory and sustainable development through Good Governance. It is the strong foundation that enables a political and social environment that support excellence among individuals and communities, develops pride in our culture and heritage, pride in our being Sugbuanon, and allows respect and protection of our natural endowments.

With Our Cebu program, we highly encourage participation from the local community. Last March, at least 45 program focal persons from the component cities and towns met with Vice Governor Agnes Magpale and the program evaluators for a post implementation assessment.

An amended 2015 program criteria anchored on the seven pillars of sustainable development: spiritual, human, social, cultural, political, economic, and ecological was presented in the assembly. There was also a consolidation of suggestions and concerns to continuously improve the scorecards of the program.

Today, LGUs who have embodied the attributes in the scorecards, who took an extra mile and showed initiative and innovativeness, will be once again awarded.

Suginli usab ninyo inyong silingan aron sunud tuig sila na pud makadaog.

Making Cebu a better place to live in is a mission of every Sugbuanon. Let us look at the coming year with greater hope, stronger resolve, and firm belief in ourselves for our Cebu.

Good afternoon and congratulations to all the awardees.

Thank you.