Rama outlines plans for Cebu City in the remaining 5 months of his term

By: Delta Dyrecka Letigio - Multimedia Reporter - CDN Digital | February 26,2022 - 01:25 PM
Rama outlines plans for remaining months of his term. In photo is a view of Cebu City's high-rise buildings.

High-rise buildings over Cebu City. CDN Digital photo | Brian J. Ochoa

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama revealed his plans for Cebu City in the remaining five months of the mayoral term he took over after the death of Mayor Edgardo Labella.

Rama said that he would be focusing on rehabilitation of the city from Typhoon Odette as well as reopening the economy from the pandemic and all the while continuing to put priority on public health and safety.

In a statement, the mayor outlined the following plans for the next five months in line with the city’s recent celebration of its 85th Charter Day:

  1. Bring back City Hall at your Doorsteps;
  2. Move fast to pay fully and conclude the SRP loan;
  3. Convene a Solid Waste Summit;
  4. Push forward to finish the Cebu City Medical Center;
  5. Cure the JVA on the Carbon Market Redevelopment;
  6. Materialize the 93-1 deal;
  7. Go after grafters and fixers;
  8. Further, streamline business permit processing;
  9. Street Lighting;
  10. Attend continuously to the flooding problem;
  11. Ensure the realization of the BRT project;
  12. Closure of any landfill, existing or planned within Cebu City;
  13. Convene a Traffic Summit;
  14. Endeavor to add two more Medium-Rise Buildings for Socialized Housing;
  15. Assist the Police to be more motivated and efficient to make CCPO the finest in the country;
  16. Asphalt Storm; and
  17. Let There Be Light to more households.

So far, Rama said they were continuously working with the Department of Transportation (DOTr) for the implementation of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project despite the delays.

A multisectoral environment summit will also be held in March to April 2022 to discuss the city’s long-term plan for solid waste management including its 10-year Solid Waste Management plan that the Commission on Audit has asked for.

The installation of free public Wi-Fi has been achieved in at least 20 barangays already through the help of telecommunication companies.

Now, the city government is also planning to hold a traffic summit that hope to address the long-term problems and solutions to the traffic situation of the city.

Rama also wants two more medium-rise building to be built as socialized housing, after the two tenement buildings construction in Barangay Lorega will be completed.

The Let There Be Light project must also be continued because the project has already benefited many households without power connection and must continue on.

Rama also promised to finally settle the 93-1 Land Swap Deal, of which he promised beneficiaries during the Charter Day when a silent protest was held during the celebrations.

Finally, he promised to pay off the remaining P1.2 billion loan for the South Road Properties that the city had been paying for over two decades now.

“As we are usually being guided that things speak for itself. So tomorrow can only what we wish if all of us, for together, we can make great things happen for Cebu City,” said Rama.

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