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Rama eyes debt-free city

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Rama eyes debt-free city

CEBU CITY, Philippines - This Queen City of the Philippines will soon be free from its financial obligation in the loan incurred for the creation of the South Road Properties.

This as Cebu City Mayor Michael L Rama reported the current state of the city last Saturday afternoon July 4, 2015 at the Plaza Independencia, underscored that the city will pay in full its remaining outstanding balance of P3 billion debt from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) for the SRP reclamation project.

mlr2111He personally chose July 4 as the day to deliver his SOCA because it is the original day of the declaration of Philippine Independence. The United States of America formally recognized the independence of the Republic of the Philippines on July 4, 1946 which is also known as the Philippine Republic Day and Filipino-American Friendship Day. He enthuses that July 4 is now a symbolism for declaring freedom of the Cebuanos from bondage of paying P500 million annually for debt servicing for the SRP loan.

The People's Mayor thanked his 2 predecessors then Mayors Alvin Garcia and Tomas Osmeña for their contribution in developing the SRP. He also thanked some members of the present craft of Cebu City Council members such as Vice Mayor Edgardo Labella and Councilors Gerardo Carillo, Mary Ann delos Santos, Dave Tumulak, Hanz Abella, Roberto Cabarrubias, James Cuenco, Richard Osmeña and Philip Zafra for authorizing him to sell some parts of the reclamation project.

Last week, the city got its biggest collection of at least Php16.7 billion in one day as additional funds for the city's coffers. This after the Ayala Land/Cebu Holdings in consortium with the SM Prime Holdings, and also the Filinvest Land Incorporated expressed to poured their new investments in at least two prime lots of SRP after winning in a public bidding.

Emphasizing heritage and cultural preservation, Mayor Rama arrived in the historical Plaza Independencia riding a tartanilla or horse-drawn carriage together with lawyer-son Mikel. They went to the nearby Fort San Pedro to prepare in delivering his report to the Cebuanos.

Meanwhile, the mayor took 2 hours in delivering his fifth State of the City Address (Soca) highlighting the accomplishments and targets of the People’s administration using an audio-visual presentation. He was applauded several times for the duration of his speech including his grand entrance and exit.

The Mayor reiterated that all his actions and plans are geared towards his vision for the city to become a sustainable community that will allow its constituents help manage the resources of a growing city, guarantees healthier well-being, provides economic productivity, with active, dynamic and performing people and with a city hall at your doorstep.

He urged everyone to join him in his policy direction of a People-Privately Driven Governance (PPDG) guided by his matra, "Tul-iron ang hiwi, Nindoton ang Bati, Limpiyohon ang Hugaw, Wagtangon ang Baho, ug Han-ayon ang Gubot (Straighten what is Crooked, Beautify what is Ugly, Clean what is Dirty, Put Fragrance on what is Obnoxious, and Make an Order on what is Chaotic)."

The city's chief executive pointed out various accomplishments in line with his platforms such as Social Services, Environment, Education, Development, Business, Infrastructure, Governance, Public Affairs, People and Place.

The mayor also reported that financial assistance for the Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) and Senior Citizens, including the honoraria of the village officials will be distributed in the coming days. He said that a one-month bonus of the Cebu City Hall employees will be released next month. He also bared his plan for the increment of the financial assistance for burial, medicine and hospitalization next year.

Meanwhile, under People's Mayor's leadership, this Queen City of the Philippines has received numerous recognition and awards. These included the ASEAN City of Culture, World's top 8 BPO destination, Asia's Retirement Hub, 2015 Good Financial Housekeeping by DILG, People Manager of the Year by People Management Association of the Philippines, Nomination for Lee Kuan Yew World Cities Prize for 2016, E-Governance and E-Readiness Awards by DOST, Best Public Employment Service Office by DOLE, Child-Friendly City by DILG, Ranked 6 for the Local Civil Authority in the Big City Category and number 1 of the top 10 performers in the region by Philippine Statistics Authority, Most Liveable City in the Philippines by Pinaka television program of GMA News TV, and Most Liveable Place in Asia by Real Estate giant Lamudi.

Furthermore, thousands of Cebuanos and guests alike witnessed the Mayor's SOCA which is his second SOCA for his second term, he is seeking third term in 2016. These included the thousands of Cebu City Government officials and employees, officials and workers from the city's 80 villages, head and representatives of various government and non-government offices, agencies, organizations and sectors, the Rama Family including celebrity couple Anabelle Rama and Eddie Guttierez with son Richard, special guest Catbalogan City Mayor Stephany Uy-Tan, members of the Media and the general public, among others. (Cebu City Public Information Office PIO/Greggy Jiggs P. Senados)

Last Updated on Monday, 06 July 2015 15:27
 

People’s hospital breaks ground; indigents to get free hospitalization

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CEBU CITY, Philippines - The new Cebu City Medical Center or CCMC dubbed as the “People’s Hospital” will soon rise.

This as grand groundbreaking ceremony of the “People’s Hospital” was successfully conducted last July 4, 2015 Saturday which was held at the same site where the old CCMC building once stood along N. Bacalso Avenue.

31Cebu City Mayor Michael L Rama together with other city officials, department heads, village chiefs and representatives of the winning bidder Manila-based contractor CE Padilla led the ceremonial groundbreaking.

The People’s Mayor who delivered his 5th State of the City Address in the afternoon of the same day aims to build a new, modern, state-of-the-art and world-class yet affordable hospital that will soon rise in its original site through the People-Privately Driven Governance initiative.

In his message, the mayor emphasized that the new hospital will be the hospital for the marginalized and the underprivileged, citing that the indigents from the city’s 80 villages will enjoy free hospitalization. He also thanked everyone who extended their helping hands in the rebuilding of the new hospital especially in the "Piso Mo Hospital Ko" fund-raising campaign which raised more than 15 million pesos.

Atty. Rey Cris Panugaling, the CCMC chief of hospital for administration also bared that only indigents or the poor constituents of the city will receive free hospital services, adding that assessment that will be conducted by the hospital’s medical social services department.

Indigents will also enjoy the basic services of the hospital for free including the in-house medicines and supplies and in-house laboratory test and diagnostic procedures.

For the uninformed, following the advice of the Structural Engineers here and from Manila who re-inspected the hospital, CCMC is declared off limits and subject for demolition and rebuilding after sustaining serious damages during the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Central Visayas area last October 15, 2013.

The hospital's services were temporarily transferred in the nearby Bureau of Fire and Protection (BFP7) Building along N. Bacalso Avenue to cater the medical needs of its patients.

Looking back, on February 24, 2014, the ceremonial demolition of the 52-year-old hospital was conducted paving the way to build a new hospital for the poor.

On March 5 this year, the city has opened the CCMC interim hospital which serves as an administration building and OB/Pedia Ward, while some parts of the nearby BFP-7 building is utilized as CCMC Annex for internal medicine and minor surgery, among others. The CCMC interim hospital will continuously provide its services while waiting for the new CCMC building to rise.

Furthermore, the proposed ten-storey building with 500-bed capacity People's Hospital is slated for completion within 21 months. It will be constructed on a 6,423 square- meter lot and that would cost P1.5 billion. (Cebu City Public Information Office PIO?Greggy Jiggs P. Senados)

 

Rama thankful to city council

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CEBU CITY, Philippines - Mayor Michael L Rama thanked the members of the Cebu City Council for their help in the sale of at least two prime lots in the city's South Road Properties.

Gracing the 13th Sangguniang Panlungsod's third inaugural session last July 1 Wednesday at the Doña Eva Macaraeg-Macapagal session hall, located at the fourth floor of Legislative building in Cebu City Hall, the People's Mayor in his speech described the SRP lot sales as the "Best Gift" to the Cebuanos.

For the uninformed, last June 30 this year the Cebu City Government got its biggest collection of at least Php16.7 billion in one day as additional funds for the city's coffers. This after the Ayala Land/Cebu Holdings in consortium with the SM Prime Holdings, and also the Filinvest Land Incorporated expressed to poured their new investments in SRP winning in a public bidding.

Rama also invited all the members of the August Body to grace his 5th State of the City Address (SOCA) as the city's chief executive for two terms which will be held at 4 o'clock in the afternoon on July 4 Saturday at the city's historical Plaza Independencia.

The mayor pointed out that it will be a ''Bigger and Different SOCA" which is his second SOCA for his second term. He is seeking for a third term in 2016.

He personally chose July 4 to deliver his SOCA as it is a historical day coinciding the original day of the declaration of Philippine Independence. The United States of America formally recognized the independence of the Republic of the Philippines on July 4, 1946 which is also known as the Philippine Republic Day and Filipino-American Friendship Day.

Meanwhile, switching off their political gaps, the Cebu City Government officials were seen united during the Inaugural Mass and Flag-raising Ceremony held at the Plaza Sugbo prior to the Inaugural Session.

The city officials hold hands together during the singing of "Our Father" and led the readings and offertory during the mass which was officiated by Monsignor Roberto Alesna, priest from St. Therese Parish. The priest in his homily reminded everyone that the kind of life we live now will determine the kind of life we will have thereafter emphasizing the value of public service.

Moreover, thousands of Cebuanos including the thousands of Cebu City Hall employees, invited guests, uniformed personnel and members of the Boy Scouts of the Philippines in this city, media and the general public, among others also partook in the activity. With the limited space in the session hall some watched the live coverage of the session via a led television and white screen strategically placed at the lobby of Legislative building in Cebu City Hall, and in the city's Social Hall. (Cebu City Public Information OfficePIO/Greggy Jiggs P. Senados)

Last Updated on Friday, 03 July 2015 09:31
 
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