Realizing a vision

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By Godofredo M. Roperos

Politics also

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

ONCE in a while, we come upon a man who possesses a vision. And once in a while, we see the same man acquire the will of fate to realize his vision. Such a man could be most fortunate if the way things are working in the North District of Cebu City would push through.

Reports say that four lawmakers have expressed their willingness to support the establishment of a Metro Cebu Development Authority (MCDA). It appears that a member of the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board (MCDCB), acting as catalyst to actualize the framework of a beautiful idea, called to a meeting his legislator-friends.

In our system of democratic government, plans and programs and dreams could be realized only through legislation. Four lawmakers, legislators if you wish, responded to the invitation. And it is said that they came to “a meeting of minds” and pledged their support.


One of the Metro Cebu lawmakers who came to the meeting was the Cebu City north district representative, Raul del Mar, who had filed an MCDA bill many years before, in anticipation of a need for such an organization.

It seems that while he had long been hoping to have such a functional group, he never got the critical support of his peers, probably because they were all focused on pursuing disparate political interests.

But this time around, in the meeting called by the MCDCB co-chair, Roberto Aboitiz, a businessman of infallible organizing reputation, four Metro Cebu legislators attended and have pledged to support the MCDA formation.

Those who attended, other than Raul, were Joseph “Ace” Durano of the fifth district, Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas of the first district, and Rodrigo Abellanosa of Cebu City’s south district.

Congressman Durano suggested that it might be better for them to involve the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) on their plans from the very beginning so that the engineering districts could easily be harnessed to help out.

There was also the reported appeal much earlier from Congressman del Mar for the MCDCB to help “persuade local officials and other (Cebu) congressional representatives to support the bill.”

In del Mar’s view, there is need to “get the firm commitment, conformity and approval of all the mayors, the governors, and all of us congressmen.”

The lawmaker did recall that he had filed the bill to create the MCDA “at least thrice, the first time being 20 years ago, but Congress did not approve the creation of the body which would have been similar to the Metro Manila Development Authority.”

We would have had the MCDA many years earlier.

Just the same, here we have the case of one man’s vision finally getting just a step from being realized, a product of patience and persistence, which is the true mark of a visionary--meaning a man who never gives up on a dream. In a way, lawmakers are “visionaries” through our laws.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on March 20, 2014.


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