by Daryl Dizon | STC AB Communication Intern
How does it sound to be walking around the streets that take you to a thousand memories, dwelling in a paradise with all those clear waters and white sand and embracing the so-called queen of all other cities? When you’re in Cebu, there’s no other place you’d rather be.
So, why do I love Cebu and you should too?
If we are envisioning and working towards making a Mega Cebu by 2050, let’s turn to Hawaii for inspiration.
Here is the composition of the Mega Cebu Development Strategy 2050:
- Human Resource and “Cebu Hospitality”
- Skills Training and Matching for Workforce
- K-12 and Higher Education (Adaptive Curriculum, Classrooms, and Teachers)
- English and Foreign Language (ESL, Call Center, OFW)
- International Accreditation
- Science and Technology
What do you want Mega Cebu to be by 2050?
By this year, we hope to see a competitive Cebu, especially the 13 cities and municipalities under the metropolitan area. By competitiveness, we mean that constituents will be able to see attractive urban centers as well as preserved and revitalized historic areas.
We also wish to see this competitiveness reflected as stakeholders strengthen world-class gateway functions and improve links between Mactan and Cebu Island.
We also want to see a livable Cebu with thumbs-up mobility, featuring centre pedestrian and cycle networks around public transport hubs as well as green-ways, including parks and open space.
This post in inspired by a news article by the Philippine News Agency and published in Panay News on March 2, 2015. Titled “Why Bus Rapid Transit System will succeed,” it points out several factors that show optimism on the upcoming transportation option that have been received with mixed emotions by many residents in Cebu, based on our engagement with our followers on Facebook and Twitter.
by Elaine Jane Pañares | USJR Mass Comm intern
In an April 2014 news report by The Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Philippine National Police showed that there were nearly 3,000 road accidents nationwide from January to February last year, mostly involving buses and trucks.
Common reasons for these accidents are human errors, lack of road discipline (over speeding, drunk driving, use of cell phone while driving, bad overtaking, and bad turning), mechanical defects, and poor maintenance.
by Elaine Jane Pañares | USJR Mass Comm Intern
If one speaks of a pedestrianized city, one would think that people could just walk anywhere towards their destinations. In a way, yes, but pedestrianization actually refers to the lessening of traffic problems and accidents in a city. The government can do this by encouraging people to walk or bike and regulating the number of private cars under its jurisdiction, while addressing air and noise pollution. Therefore, the simplest meaning of a pedestrianized city is one that removes vehicular traffic from city streets.
(This is a reflective essay written by Elaine Jane Pañares, a USJR Mass Comm intern.)
Physical exercise is a common concern among people who are health conscious. But exercise, for the most part, can be done by many people by simply walking to the designated jeepney or bus stop, standing for a few minutes and waiting for the public vehicles to arrive. Or individuals can simply walk to their school or office if it is just a few blocks away from home. Exercise is a discipline and so is commuting.
Ideally, some paths are meant for people to use and even enjoy. The reality is that it’s been claimed by many other things, reducing their main purpose in the process.
Take, for example, our own barangays where roads are often used as an extension of our homes, if not completely ignored and left ill-maintained until they are no longer safe for the residents.
How do we reclaim them? What can we do to make our barangays much friendlier to pedestrians? Mega Cebu got some tips for you.
A city is not composed of its leaders alone but many communities all working together for a common good. This means you too are a part of it and you should be ready to take your responsibility.
When it comes to making your city more livable, you can: