More Metro Cebu mayors adopt ‘city region’ vision

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Thursday, April 24, 2014


THREE years after the creation of the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB), the number of local government units (LGUs) with programs that adhere to the vision of a Mega Cebu is growing.

Evelyn Nacario-Castro, executive director of the Eduardo Aboitiz Development Studies Center of the Ramon Aboitiz Foundatio Inc., said that Compostela, Consolacion and Liloan are among the LGUs that have implemented programs that are aligned with the
realization of the goal to ensure inclusive and sustainable development in Metro Cebu.

Castro said local government officials have patterned their executive and legislative agenda after Mega Cebu.

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Pledge

Through the MCDCB 14 LGUs, 13 national government agencies and seven private sector or civil society groups pledged to work together to achieve the Mega Cebu 2050 vision, which involves four strategies: competitiveness, mobility, livability and metropolitan management. The realization of the vision involves, among others, the coordinated planning and management of land, other natural resources, traffic and garbage.

Castro said, though, that some LGUs have yet to implement programs aligned with the Mega Cebu vision.

Challenges

Carol Ballesteros, Mega Cebu communication and stakeholders relationship manager, said she is confident that all LGUs would eventually adopt the Mega Cebu vision.

Castro and Ballesteros admit that there are many challenges that need to be tackled by the MCDCB.

One of these challenges is how to ensure that the MCDCB and Mega Cebu 2050 vision would be supported by future political leaders.

“But the most important thing at this point is to get everyone to share the vision,” Castro said, adding that the Mega Cebu project is still in the planning stage.

She said they hope to raise stakeholder awareness on Mega Cebu so that civil society would be the one to pressure future political leaders to sustain the programs.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 25, 2014.

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