Creating a sustainable community is a shared responsibility. It does not lie solely on the government or the private sector; it involves every citizen.
In Metro Cebu, the Mega Cebu project is one of the main movers of promoting sustainable growth and development through an integrated and collaborative approach.
Mega Cebu’s vision is “a vibrant, equitable, sustainable, and competitive environment that embraces Cebu’s creativity and its cultural, historical and natural resources, with strong citizen participation and responsive governance”.
“Mega Cebu is a collaboration of stakeholders in government, non-government organizations (NGOs) and private sectors, which aims to plan Cebu’s future,” Caroline Ballesteros, Mega Cebu communications and stakeholder relationship manager, said during the June 15 episode of Pagtuki, the official radio program of Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc. (RAFI).
Thus, the said project works towards a community that is cultural and historic, innovative, creative and competitive, inclusive, equitable and livable, interconnected and compact, integrated, coordinated, and participative.
This is reflected in its tagline “Mega Cebu making WAVES (Wholesome, Advanced, Vibrant, Equitable, and Sustainable)”.
Its different areas of focus aim to address challenges and issues in waste management, public safety, neighborhood participation, and historic and heritage preservation, among others.
For Mary Ann Alcordo-Solomon of Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the first step to making solutions is finding out the problems in one’s locality.
“Let’s all be aware of what is happening in our society. For instance, having observed that motor vehicles contribute to pollution, we promote biking instead,” Alcordo said.
Ballesteros echoed Alcordo’s point, saying, “Sugbo, pagpakabana. Kon dili karon kanus-a pa? Kung dili kita, sulti-i ko’g kinsa (Cebu, be vigilant. If not now, when? If not us, tell me who).”
Mega Cebu, through the Metro Cebu Development Coordinating Board, is working with various local government units, government agencies, private companies, and civic organizations to come up with a 30-year integrated plan for Metro Cebu.
Pagtuki is aired over dyLA 909 AM every Saturday at 10-11am. The program, which is one of the Knowledge Sharing & Advocacy capabilities of RAFI, tackles timely and relevant issues on community development, politics and governance, micro-financing, education, environment, early childhood care and development, and culture and heritage that affect the Cebuano community.
For more information about RAFI’s radio program, please contact Carmel Matus at 418-7234 loc. 542, or visit www.rafi.org.ph or www.facebook.com/rafi.org.ph, or follow @rafiorgph on Twitter. (by Carla Maniwang/RAFI intern)
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