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Monday, September 1, 2014


DURING my early years as mayor, Cebu City was hit by typhoon Ruping. I engaged in a massive tree-planting program using the empty barrels from our asphalt batching plant.

We didn’t transplant the seedlings until these were already three years old. That was the advise I got from the parks chief of the Singaporean government.

It worked. More than half of the seedlings survived compared with about 5 percent had we planted only puny seedlings.

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Those large mahogany trees outside your house may have been part of the program but the most visible is that tree-lined road going to the MCIA terminal. Those trees were gifts of the Cebu City Government to all Cebuanos.

Today, we have a major social issue on the cutting of trees along a national road. Should they be cut? Of course. People come first.

Someone brought up the point why I didn’t plant trees at the South Road Properties (SRP). It was because I already feared that the problem of designing a development to save the trees planted would crop up. So I didn’t plant trees.

Now, no such problem surfaced. I’m glad I made the right decision. Look at SM’s upcoming mall. The tree planting should be after, not before, the construction of the mall. I have no regrets.

The message I share with the readers is one that I learned from the “Jurassic Park” book. Why worry about mother earth? You can explode a million atom bombs and the earth will still be there. It is people that will disappear.

People should come first.--Tom Osmeña

Suggestions for Lahug

When you’re on Gorordo Ave. in Brgy. Lahug, when you’re about to reach JY Square Mall, you pass by the barangay hall on your right side.

Today, due to the damage it suffered from last year’s calamities, the Lahug barangay hall should be rehabilitated.

Here are my other points:

1. The barangay captain must look for suitable relocation sites for evicted informal settlers.

2. The barangay government should coordinate with real estate developers to make socialized subdivisions, condos and/or housing projects.

3. The barangay hall must use the strongest materials to withstand a super typhoon or
a strong quake.

4. The barangay hall must also display posters featuring the Cebu City emergency hotline in the barangay, overpasses, electric posts, etc.

5. Lahug should hold jurisdiction of the Cebu Business Park, Cebu IT Park, the northern part of Archbishop Reyes Ave. and a portion of Kamputhaw (Gorordo Ave. after UP), the old Kamputhaw Subd., half of F. Sotto and half of Escario St. until A. Morales St.

6. The Sudlon bridge should also be rehabilitated.

7. Phase II of Lahug’s public market is being planned. It’s structure should be the same as that in Phase I.

8. A police station and a new fire station should be built. There should also be new fire trucks and police cars.

9. Lahug should build a huge sports complex in Kamagong St. This will also serve as evacuation center.

10. Sitios must be re-blocked.

I hope Lahug Brgy. Captain Jovito Taborada and Cebu City Councilor Mary Ann de los
Santos would consider these proposals.--Jake Jacinto

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 02, 2014.

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