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Friday, February 21, 2014
ONE man’s vision and another man’s practical “dream.” Put them together and these could become a beneficial reality that may enliven the economic life of inhabitants in an area.
Such a vision left behind by the man who nourished it when he was in public service may now be on the way to realization. Another man who believes it is a feasible is actually seeking help now to realize the vision.
Let it not be said that the Cebuano member of Congress is merely chasing an elusive goal, for he seemed able to find a government entity that can extend part of the financial assistance the project needs, and also a foreign organization to give a desired technical support.
If the lawmaker from Cebu’s fourth district can get the desired endorsement from the National Economic and Development Authority (Neda) 7 with the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC), such endorsement will entice the Korean International Cooperation Agency to help.
It is a chain reaction sort of developmental game that is being played so the Korean agency could undertake a full feasibility study of the project. The Cebu fourth district legislator was kind of optimistic that in his recent talk with Neda, the government entity was willing to support his efforts.
The DOTC support “is necessary especially that the highway will traverse mountains,” according to Rep. Benhur Salimbangon.
The lawmaker is said to have been supporting the project because of his conviction that the trans-axial highway “will bring development to the tourism industry in the countryside.”
Note that from the observation of another source, it was opined that development attained by government efforts in some ten provinces of other regions were not seen to have seeped down to the countryside. It means that economic development efforts of government have failed to reach the rural areas.
Thus, projects such as the trans-axial highway, which will cut across the length of the Cebu island from the northern most tip in Daanbantayan to the southernmost point in Santander, will show to tourists the grandeur of Cebu and will provide basic development to each community where the road will traverse.
I think the late vice governor Greg Sanchez, who had conceived of the project while traveling around as a public servant, was a visionary in his own right.
I recall during the occasions that I visited him in his office then that he had attained a sort of personal achievement through the development of a drink that his family was able to sell quite successfully not only in Cebu but also in other parts of the country.
I am not sure really how extensive he was marketing the drink, but he was again, I believe, a man whose life is fulfilled.
It is quite a noble honor for Salimbangon to throw his full support behind a project that will reduce the level of poverty of our people in the countryside.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 21, 2014.