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Rama envisions a ‘better’ Cebu City by 2016

Cebu City – Mayor Michael Rama Wednesday enumerated various projects and programs intended to render a more livable and sustainable Cebu City by 2016.

Pushing aside critical views made by various quarters, including opposition city councilors, that his second State of the City Address (SOCA) was mainly recycled from last year’s SOCA, Rama went on to lay out plans and projects which he said he wants to accomplish before his term ends in two years’ time.

Dispelling rumors that Cebu City is financially in dire straits, Rama stated that the city has some P1.7-billion cash-in-bank.

He said the city also stands to collect P870 million from the P29-billion Taxable Assessed Value of taxable real properties, if collected properly, based on assessment and stringent valuation by the City Assessor’s Office.

“We have promised to continue the work we have previously started, guided by our vision of making Cebu City a livable and sustainable community with a dynamic, healthy, productive and active constituency playing a vital role in managing our resources with the end view of achieving our mission of bringing back the hope of the youth and children to trust government,” Rama said.

Among the projects Rama said he wants to pursue are City Hall at Your Doorsteps, which is intended to bring services to households for the convenience of the general public; the Reduce Danger Zone Project, which aims to save rivers and clear drainage in the city as well as implement the three-meter easement policy along riverbanks.

He also told the public that he is working on the funding for the construction of the new multi-billion-peso, high-tech Cebu City Medical Center to replace the old city-ran hospital that was damaged by the magnitude 7.2 earthquake that rocked Cebu and Bohol last year.