LGUS told: include ‘Greenway’ in zoning ordinance
CEBU - The Provincial Government opened its doors to delegates of Fujian Province in China lwith Cebu First Lady Jobel Davide as one of the hosts.
Mrs. Davide led officials in welcoming more than 40 Fujian Province officials and businessmen who visited Cebu recently.
Mr. Liang Jianyong, head of Fujian delegation and Secretary General of Communist Party of China (CPC) in Fujian, also expressed their gratitude to Cebu Province for the warm welcome.
Jianyong, a member of the standing committee of CPC Fujian Province, and his eight officials met with three Provincial Board (PB) members and six Capitol department heads led by Provincial Administrator Mark Tolentino.
“If we don’t make business with Cebu, it is our loss,” he told Cebu officials through his interpreter.
Jianyong invited Gov. Davide to visit Fujian Province where the famous City of Xiamen is located.
He also encouraged Capitol tourism officials to do a promotions seminar and exposition in Fujian to introduce Cebu as a tourist destination.
City of Xiamen is known for its mild climate, Hokkien culture and colonial architecture with its relatively low pollution, making it as China’s most romantic leisure city.
Simultaneous to their meeting, Cebu Investment and Promotions Office (CIPO) organized a business matching and networking activity between Cebu entrepreneurs and Fujian businessmen.
After the meeting and business matching, Mrs. Davide invited the whole Fujian delegation to a dinner of a mix Asian cuisine with roast suckling pig or lechon as one of the dinner’s main dish.
Other guests present during the welcome dinner were representatives from the Office of the Presidential Assistant for the Visayas and the Filipino Chinese Chamber of Commerce.
“At the heart of almost all progressive places (cities) in the Philippines is a CEBU - The Cebu Provincial Government is calling the local government units (LGUS) to forge a local ordinance that would implement the Greenway Links Project.
In a message during the Provincial Strategic Direction Conference held on Tuesday, Cebu Governor Hilario P. Davide III stressed on a unified effort to attain progress in the province.
“Ang atong tinguha nga kalambuan manukad sa paningkamot sa matag usa kanato, manukad sa mga pangingkamot sa matag lokal nga komunidad,” Gov. Hilario P. Davide III said in his speech, which was delivered by Provincial Planning and Development Office (PPDO) head Arch. Florentino Nimor, Jr. plans with the provincial and national government plans,” Davide further expressed.
PPDO developed the Greenway Links project. The project is designed as a 2-lane alternate road, so as not to anticipate frequent road widening.“we want the LGUS to prepare the roads, and provide the necessary setbacks,” Nimor added.
Recently, Gov. Davide and Vice Gov. Agnes Magpale traveled an alternate road also mapped in the project from Compostela, exiting to Talamban. Here, they found that the travel time was cut in half, compared to when one has to take the normal route - passing by Liloan, Consolacion and Mandaue City.
PPDO is yet to identify the travel time cut when taking the mapped alternate routes, as they are conducting feasibility studies with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
Aside from providing alternate routes, the project is also designed Links for bikers and pedestrians, wherein they can safely take the routes under the shade of trees.
Mapping and presentation to LGUS
PPDO is done with the “mapping stage” of the project, wherein the office identified that 70% of the areas mapped have existing roads, while 30% are road openings.
According to Nimor, the next step is to present the project to LGUS, so they can provide inputs on which specific areas and roads are most feasible as alternate routes.
Nimor added that they will first present the project to the municipalities of Sibonga to Boljoon in the South, and Danao to Bogo in the North.
“When there are typhoons and flash floods, these are the areas where the roads are most likely blocked,” Nimor said.
“We will provide a template that you can put in your zoning ordinance,” Nimor added.