Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.
May 31, 2013
CEBU CITY – Now that elected
officials are already proclaimed, Filipinos await the fulfillment of
these winners' promises of good governance, sustainable growth and
development, and a better quality of life, among others, in the next
“After the elections, we
need to stop talking and start working. Our transparent service to the
public is our payback to the trust people gave us. Nothing is
impossible if there is unity among the stakeholders,” Mandaue City
Mayor Jonas Cortes said, during the May 25 episode of Pagtuki, the
official radio program of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI).
Collaboration, Cortes said,
between the executive and legislative departments will result to more
projects and programs for the barangays.
The Mandaue local government
is currently addressing issues in the areas of education, housing,
infrastructure, and traffic.
“We all know that many
schools lack classrooms. We need to draft solutions on how to address
this growing concern. In solid waste management, it is everybody’s
concern. These issues should not be left alone to the leaders but to
all of us,” he said.
Cortes also pointed out the
need for a province-wide, multi-sectoral collaboration through the
Mega Cebu project. He said that what the project started should be
nurtured and continued.
“Mandaue City cannot address
alone the problem on drainage and traffic. Sooner or later, the
problem of one city will be a problem of other cities in the future.
Thus, we need to have a unified development plan,” he stressed.
“People have spoken loud and
clear. It is now time to set aside politics. We should consider
ourselves as part of the problem and the solution,” he added.
executive director of RAFI Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center
(EADSC), said that RAFI is ready to work with whoever is installed in
“We are encouraging local
leaders to pass a resolution for Mega Cebu project, and at the same
time to review their respective local visions and how they can align
their visions to the bigger vision of the Mega Cebu project that is
seen to benefit not only the Metro Cebu area but the entire province
of Cebu,” Castro noted.
She hopes to get active
participation and support from the different local governments to
achieve the aims of the Mega Cebu.
“We are encouraging the
newly-elected and the freshly mandated officials to take leadership
role in the project. We need to take actions to realize the 2050
vision of the Mega Cebu project,” she said.
Pagtuki is aired over DyLA
every Saturday at 10-11am. The program, which is one of the Knowledge
Sharing & Advocacy capabilities of RAFI, tackles timely and relevant
issues on community development, politics and governance,
micro-financing, education, environment, early childhood care and
development, and culture and heritage that affect the Cebuano