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Friday, August 15, 2014
I HAVE always believed that public service is its own reward, that in government nothing almost is impossible if you put your heart and mind to it.
Put your shoulder to the wheel and push it hard uphill, and you will reach the top, despite the obstacles along the way.
In all my years in government as governor of Cebu, as congressman of more than 20 years and as mayor of Talisay City, building roads, bridges, schools, colleges, hospitals, health centers and providing for livelihood projects for farmers, fishermen and the poor have always been my priorities.
But the project that gives me great personal pride and satisfaction, the project closest to my heart, one that I will do anything for, is the widening of the national road from Talisay City to Carcar City, from a two-lane to a four-lane highway, Cebu south’s “Gateway to Progress.”
The development of south Cebu was slow compared to the speed of economic activity in north Cebu.
The obvious reason was south Cebu did not have the physical infrastructure to encourage economic growth.
When I was elected congressman of the first district of Cebu in 1992, through my initiative and my constant proddings, DPWH made plans to widen, from two-lane to four-lane, the national road from Bulacao, Talisay City to Naga City.
The gestation period in 1992, to the planning, construction and its completion in 2003, took eleven years, but it was well worth the wait and the effort.
The widening of the national road from Talisay City to Naga City was only the first half of my dream. The other half was the widening also from two-lane to four-lane the national road from Naga City to Carcar City.
If Cebu south is to move forward, access to its resources and its people should be made easier and faster.
The problem that constantly bugged my mind was, where will I get the funds for the road widening? And then luck smiled my way.--By Eduardo R. Gullas
(To be continued)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 16, 2014.