THE Cebu City Government and the City of Yokohama in Japan will take its partnership a step further by undertaking measures that would help realize the Mega Cebu 2050 vision.
Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama and City of Yokohama Mayor Fumiko Hayashi signed yesterday a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on technical cooperation for the sustainable urban development of both cities.
The MOU was signed yesterday at the Capitol Social Hall and was witnessed by Cebu Gov. Hilario Davide III and Roberto Aboitiz, co-chairman of the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board.
The signing of the MOU means that both cities will further enhance their collaboration in promoting the eco-city development of Cebu City, especially by providing information essential to the plan; encourage participation of private and academic organizations; and obtain cooperation of the governments in both countries and international organizations.
Mega Cebu vision
The two governments also agreed to make sure that the outcome of their collaboration will benefit Metro Cebu widely toward realizing the Mega Cebu 2050 vision.
The MOU is valid until March 31, 2018 and may be renewed after evaluation and consent of both parties.
Rama and Hayashi had signed the document in Japan prior to yesterday’s activity. They have also executed a city-to-city cooperation that seeks to encourage business matching opportunities for private enterprises and formulate and implement projects in Cebu using the expertise of Yokohama in the fields of solid waste management, septage management, water purification and renewable energy generation.
Before the signing of the MOU, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) study team (JST) presented a long-term roadmap in order to realize the Mega Cebu 2050 Vision and the corresponding timeframe—priority projects in the short/medium-term: 2020; long-term projects: 2030; and ultra long-term projects: 2050.
Dr. Katsuhide Nagayama, JST team leader, discussed the roadmap projects and the hazard map covering Metro Cebu and northern Cebu.
There are flagship projects that have been recommended for implementation between 2015 and 2017, provided that these have the support of the National Government.
Mega Cebu vision
These projects include construction of a third Mactan-Cebu bridge by the Department of Public Works and Highways, and construction of Mananga II Dam and of septage plants by the Metro Cebu Water District.
The dual-mode proposed third bridge is projected to cost P 12.8 billion; it would cover works for the main road, rail bridge, approach bridges and ramps, and coastal road in Mandaue City.For the Mananga II dam project, the proposed P4.78 billion cost would cover civil works and land acquisition.The septage plants and networking project, meanwhile, will cost P 1.195M.
Jica’s integrated plan will serve as guide for local government officials in identifying and implementing projects in their areas. It will also guide the private sector on appropriate business activities in the metropolis. (Jasmin Marie P. Ylaya, USJ-R Mass Com intern)