Editorial: Metro Cebu development goals

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Monday, September 1, 2014

AFTER the unusually heavy downpour that hit Cebu last Thursday, a Mandaue City official partly talked about the need to de-silt the Mahiga river so it won’t cause the flooding of nearby areas when its water level rise. Months ago, a Cebu City official talked about the need for Mandaue City to clear its side of the Mahiga riverbank of informal settlers.

The situation in the Mahiga river is unique because it meanders as the boundary between the two cities. Whatever Cebu City plans to do there won’t be effective without Mandaue City’s help, and vice-versa.

We are mentioning this because this is symbolic of the symbiotic relationship that should be in place among concerned local government units as Metro Cebu aims for the stars, sort of, and as it meets future challenges, including those posed by Asean economic integration.


Just recently, officials of the so-called “bridge cities” of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu have been busy setting up goals and visions as they move to the next level of their socio-economic growth. The focus of the “visioning” has naturally been internal.

Even Cordova, the smaller occupant of Mactan, went ahead with an initiative meant to spur its own growth. It is now pushing for the approval of the plan to construct a third bridge connecting the island to the Cebu mainland. This time around, the other end of the bridge won’t be in Lapu-Lapu City but in Cordova.

But even that initiative needs the cooperation of Cebu City where the other end of the third bridge is supposed to be.

It is not known if the visioning and the planning by local government units were done with the broader context in mind. Note that the Metro Cebu Development and Coordinating Board (MCDCB) has come up with its own Mega Cebu Vision for 2050.

Officials, however, still need to be guided on how that vision can be served by the individual initiatives of each LGU in Metro Cebu area and even in the entire province.

Indeed, among the proposals of Mega Cebu 2050 is the “formulation of a comprehensive Metropolitan Cebu urban development master plan and action plan.” How that is being implemented can partly answer the question of whether the individual visioning and planning by each LGU in Metro Cebu are in harmony with an overall Metro Cebu development plan.

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


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