Rama wants heads of nat’l government agencies to come in Cebu City for proper project coordination

By: Wenilyn B. Sabalo - CDN Digital | August 17,2022 - 12:14 PM

Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama during an interview with reporters on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. CDN Digital photo | Wenilyn B. Sabalo

CEBU CITY, Philippines—Aside from operationalization of inactive city ordinances creating coastal management board and river management councils in Cebu City, Mayor Michael Rama sees the need for proper coordination between the City and various national government agencies (NGAs) to solve city’s problem on flooding.

Rama emphasized that proper coordination should be made with concerned NGAs to streamline government projects, whose constructions have a direct impact to the city.

He said that Local Government Code is very clear in saying that no project can be introduced in a local government unit without the mayor and even the City Council’s knowledge and approval.

“I have a chance to be with the president (Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.) and bringing (an idea) to the president that all agencies come around (here in Cebu City). We will take hosting, bringing the secretaries of all (government departments) and then the auspices also of the League (League of Cities of the Philippines) so that there is such a thing as clear direction that we should bring all these agencies to collaborate, to cooperate and to coordinate,” the Mayor said.

“Clear kay na sa (Republic Act) 7160. Kung ato na siyang ma brought to reality, dili kay patakag sud didto, buhat building dinhi, aspalto bisag maayo pa ang aspalto, tangtangon ang aspalto aron pulihan og semento, pagkatuytoy. We got to have that paradigm shifted,” he added.

Cebu City has recently experienced flooding and several landslide incidents due to incessant rains over the past week.

READ: 7 landslides hit Cebu City over the weekend, 80 evacuated

Moreover, Architect Yumi Catalan, the City’s Planning and Development Officer, in a press conference on Tuesday, August 16, 2022, shared that Rama met with various NGAs in an online meeting on Monday night, August 15, after he asked the President’s support in having these NGAs “cooperate” with the city government.

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From left, Cebu City Planning Division Officer Archt. Yumi Espina; Lawyer Collin Rosell, the secretary to the mayor; Atty. Jerone Castillo, the special assistant to the mayor on fiscal management, and Cebu City PIO Cerwin Eviota during a press conference in a hotel in Cebu City on Tuesday, August 16, 2022. CDN Digital photo| Wenilyn Sabalo

“The DWPH was there, the EMB (Environmental Management Bureau), the DENR, the DOTr. They’re all there in the zoom because he asked BBM for these national agencies to cooperate. All our projects here needs funding, but these government agencies have the money,” he told reporters, noting that it is “about time” that these national agencies come to Cebu and  coordinate with the City for big ticket projects.

Espina said among the projects brought by the mayor to the NGA’s attention is the realization of the Bus Rapid Transit and the monorail, among others.

“Among gi-mention ang Monorail. Naa ang BRT, pila na na katuig. Wala g’yod naglihok. aw, naglihok pero hinay kaayo… last year, term ni (President Rodrigo) Duterte, DOTr was talking about a basket of solutions for mass transit in Cebu, not only BRT, monorail, all that. But it was just up in the air, karon ato ng gipangayo. We are trying to secure that from the national government agencies,” he added.

/bmjo

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