The Freeman

Ahong bares projects for Lapu-Lapu City

- Mitchelle L. Palaubsano­n/GMR

As the entire slate of Team AhongTeam Libre headed by Lapu-Lapu City Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan won in the recently concluded elections, the mayor has already prepared what programs and projects to pursue during his “first 100 days” on his second term in office comes July.

These projects include completion of the city’s drainage system, traffic system, the completion of the city hospital, repair of typhoon damaged facilities, socialized housing for the urban poor, and revitaliza­tion of the tourism industry.

“Dili diha-diha dayon atong masulbad pero atong sugdan dayon ang maong problema especially drainage without outfall,” the mayor said.

He said sewage outfalls should have a sewage treatment plant (STP), and this is possible with the help of newly-elected City Lone District Representa­tive Cindi KingChan, the wife of the mayor.

The mayor said that it is very important that the mayor and the representa­tive must be supportive of each other to ensure harmonizat­ion of projects and programs which benefits the same constituen­ts.

Incumbent Representa­tive Paz Radaza, who run for mayor against Ahong, lost including her entire slate, Team Deretso.

Currently, majority of the city councilors are allies of Radaza, the reason why Mayor Chan said that some of his projects and programs are not implemente­d due to some opposition.

This is where the campaign slogan of Team Ahong-Team Libre, “Kaabag, Dili Babag”, was coined.

Next on the mayor’s to-do list is solving the city’s traffic and the constructi­on of a skyway, which is an elevated and ground roads connecting the third bridge to the airport. It has exit ramps going to city barangays and Cordova town.

This way, all vehicles coming from the mainland Cebu will no longer pass the city’s main streets going home to their respective barangays.

The mayor will also continue to upgrade the new Lapu-Lapu City Hospital in Carajay, Barangay Gun-ob.

He is also eyeing the repair of typhoon damaged government facilities, schools, and gymnasium as well as to speed up the completion of the socialized housing in Barangay Canjulao.

The socialized housing is a publicpriv­ate partnershi­p of the City and Premium Mega-Structure Incorporat­ed (PMI) located on the 25-hectare reclaimed area.

The mayor will also focus on the revitaliza­tion of the city’s tourism, which is their bread and butter industry.

This includes the rehabilita­tion of 25 diving spots that will attract more tourists to the city which has all attractive assets like the internatio­nal airport, a military base, some small islands, and islets.

He also said that his wife, the former head of the City Tourism Cultural and Historical Affairs Commission (CTCHAC), shared the same belief that if the tourists visit the city, business will boom, providing livelihood as well food on the table for every family.

Likewise, the Olango Island will also be developed as an eco-tourism site. —

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