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By Godofredo M. Roperos

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Monday, July 14, 2014


WHAT truly happens to a community in our contemporary governance when local leaders settle down to decide what sort of politics they should entertain under the prevailing economic circumstance?

There was the report the other day that close to 500 members of the League of Municipal Mayors of the Philippines (LMP) would hold a two-day conference in Cebu City to “polish local programs to attain inclusive growth, a goal of the national government.”

According to the LMP national president, they intend “to promote programs that would help attain all-inclusive growth, reduce poverty incidence and promote good governance.” However, the issue of achieving and sustaining productive politics in the nation remains to be a goal in the Philippines.

He assumed a rather determined stance when he said that the mayors’ meeting “would further cement support for President Benigno Aquino III who initiated reforms that are beginning to transform the local economic landscape.” The problem, though, is that the overall political atmosphere in the Philippines is in a wait-and-see attitude regarding the presidential attitude.

This as the Luzon LMP president revealed that they are choosing Cebu as the venue for their cluster meeting because of its rich cultural and historical heritage that should be discovered by Luzon leaders.

He said that the LMP is a strategic instrument “in our continuing fight to reduce poverty, to provide adequate health care, education, housing and food security, to maintain peace and order, and to make our mayors as active partners in national development.”

But the real challenge to national development is really how to overcome the gap that was left as gaping holes in the overall economic portrait of the Philippines close on the heels of the total effort to meet the demands of recovery.

The target is to answer the demands of economic development consistent with the nationwide effort by the leadership to respond to the destruction brought about by calamities.

The Aboitiz Foundation itself reported that over 29,000 elementary and high school students affected by Super typhoon Yolanda in northern Cebu will soon be able to get back to the comfort of improved classrooms as its ongoing schools rehabilitation plan is on track with its target completion.

As of the end of June, overall project completion is at 66 percent for the 130 classrooms under repair and 21 percent for the 70 newly constructed classrooms in Bogo City and in San Remigio town. It is said that the rise of these schools symbolizes Visayas’ renewed hope for a better life for its children, and the future generation.

According to the Aboitiz Foundation managing trustee, the foundation and its contractor, Metaphil, have divided the schools for construction and repairs, into 12 clusters, the easier to monitor and supervise.

The Foundation hopes to turn over the project by October this year, the target month for completion, so that by November, a year after the calamity, the classrooms will be in use again.

A total of P164 million from the donations culled from the “#Bangon Yolanda” campaign is being allocated.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 15, 2014.

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